Femke Halsema

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The Amsterdam shooting of Peter R De Vries took place in the vicinity of the Leidseplein, a local hub of restaurants and bars. File photograph: EPA

Dutch investigative journalist Peter R De Vries was fighting for his life in an Amsterdam hospital on Wednesday, more than 24 hours after being shot i(...)

An employee sets up a pole with a sign advising on anti-Covid-19 measures before the reopening of a Protestant church in Rotterdam. Photograph: Koen Van Weel/ANP/AFP via Getty

Shocking new figures from the Dutch national statistics agency show that the number of deaths from coronavirus last year alone in the Netherlands may (...)

A coffee shop in the centre of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Photograph: Evert Elzinga/EPA

A total ban now seems inevitable on overseas tourists using Amsterdam’s “coffee shops” where cannabis can be bought and consumed legally – following a(...)

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte and health minister Hugo de Jonge give a press conference. Photograph: Phil Nijhuis/ANP/AFP via Getty

An immediate ban on all unnecessary travel between its three largest cities – Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam – is the centrepiece of a new program(...)

The red-light district of Amsterdam. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty

It took the then director of Amsterdam’s famous Rijksmuseum to say, six years ago, what nobody else was willing to say: that the heart of the ancient (...)

In a tiny city that attracts 17.4 million tourists a year, there’s rarely a hour when De Wallen is quiet. Photograph: Peter Dejong/AP Photo

If there was a single turning point that convinced Amsterdam’s authorities that the price of mass tourism was becoming too high to pay, it was when th(...)

Blue mosque:  imam Yassin Elforkani says his request for the call to prayer was “to normalise Islam in this beautiful world city”.

In a 21st-century answer to a proposal with its roots in the seventh century, Amsterdam has rejected a plan by a prominent mosque to become the first (...)

Police officers are seen near  the site of an attack  in Buitenveldert, in which Dutch lawyer Derk Wiersum was shot dead. Photograph: Michel van Bergen/ANP/AFP/Getty Images

The Netherlands was in shock on Wednesday after its usually discreet international drugs underworld – worth more than €20 billion a year – seemingly b(...)

A burka ban – first proposed in 2010 – is scheduled to come into effect in The Netherlands on Thursday, August 1st. Photograph: Jerry Lampen/AFP

Two days before it even comes into effect, the Netherlands’ new “burka ban” has been rendered largely unworkable by operational decisions by police an(...)

 People walk past a brothel in the red district of Amsterdam.  File Photograph: /Yves Herman/Reuters

Amsterdam’s first female mayor is considering closing down the city’s famous red-light district due to the conditions endured by the sex workers behin(...)

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