Dutch caretaker prime minister Mark Rutte: politically wounded, perhaps mortally. Photograph: Laurens Van Putten/EPA

The sighs were almost audible over the Dutch Sunday newspapers as junior coalition partners, Christian Union – having helped Mark Rutte to survive onl(...)

Dutch government formation mediator Gerrit Zalm (centre) with Alexander Pechtold of Democrats 66, Sybrand van Haersma Buma (Christian Democratic Appeal), Gert-Jan Segers (Christian Union CU) and Mark Rutte (The People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy) all seek to form a new cabinet in The Hague. Photograph: Remko de Waal

After 112 days and now on their third “sherpa”, talks aimed at forming a new Dutch coalition government are under way again, this time including the u(...)

Geert Wilders: “Shutting me out means sidelining the 1.3 million people who voted for the Freedom Party.” Photograph: Phil Nijhuis/AFP/Getty Images

The Muslim mayor of Rotterdam has made a surprise call for far-right anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders to be included in talks on a new coalition go(...)

 Mark Rutte, the Dutch prime minister: 83 days since the general election and  no sign of a workable government yet. Photograph:   EPA/Stephanie LeCocq

It’s 83 days since the Dutch general election returned prime minister Mark Rutte’s Liberals at the head of the polls, but still there’s no sign of a w(...)

Dutch leader of the far right  Party for Freedom, Geert Wilders, posing with  new members  after the recent parliamentary elections in The Netherlands. Photograph:  EPA/Valerie Kuypers

A row has broken out over a brief private shopping trip by Dutch far-right politician, Geert Wilders, and his wife, Krisztina, to the Belgian city of (...)

Newly re-elected Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte met with  Edith Schippers to discuss forming a coalition. Photograph: Jerry Lampen/AFP/Getty Images

Coalition talks begin on Monday morning between Dutch premier and Liberal Party leader Mark Rutte and three other pro-European centre-left and centre-(...)

 Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders (left) of the PVV party and Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte  of the VVD Liberal party: victory of latter was widely welcomed in Europe. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Angela Merkel and François Hollande, both of whose countries face populist challenges at the polls this year, have led a flood of congratulations afte(...)