Frans Timmermans

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International government leaders have called for a more open and secure internet at the fourth annual Freedom Online Coalition conference, bein(...)

Dutch Jesuit Fr Frans van der Lugt chats with civilians in the besieged area of Homs on January 29th. Fr van der Lug was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Homs. Photogtaph: Yazan Homsy/Reuters

A Dutch Jesuit priest was beaten and shot dead by unidentified gunmen at his monastery in the besieged Syrian city of Homs today, the Vatican s(...)

Russian police detain a gay rights activist during a protest in StPetersburg on May 1st last year. Russian gay rights activists have expressed concern about “conflicting messages” regarding Dutch government support for their cause. Photograph: Reuters

When a senior Dutch diplomat was attacked and beaten in his Moscow apartment in October and the letters “LGBT” scrawled in red lipstick on a mirror, t(...)

DDutch prime minister Mark Rutte has definitively ruled out any disciplinary action against police officers who arrested a senior Russian diplomat at his home last weekend. Photograph: Michael Kooren/Reuters

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte has definitively ruled out any disciplinary action against police officers who arrested a senior Russian diplomat at h(...)

A mirror in the Moscow apartment of Dutch diplomat Onno Elderenbosch on which attackers drew a heart and the letters “LGBT” (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) in lipstick. The incident comes amid growing tensions between Russia and the Netherlands over the arrest of the 30 crew members of a Dutch-flagged Greenpeace vessel. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The United States entered the growing diplomatic row between the Netherlands and Russia last night, condemning as “unacceptable” an attack in which a (...)

The Netherlands’ Minister of Foreign Affairs Frans Timmermans speaks during the United Nations 68th session of the General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York on September 27th, last. Photograph:  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

The Netherlands was seeking answers on Wednesday after a Dutch diplomat was beaten in Moscow, the latest in a series of incidents testing relations b(...)

Musician Damon Albarn  and actor Jude Law  join other demonstrators to protest against the detention in Russia of Greenpeace activists, outside the Russian Embassy in London on October 5th. Photograph: Olivia Harris/Reuters

Russia was last night dismissive of a legal action by the Dutch government to free the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise and its 30 passengers, claiming (...)

Lebanon’s Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah (2nd R), escorted by his bodyguards, greets his supporters at an anti-US protest in Beirut’s southern suburbs, in September. Photograph: Sharif Karim/Reuters.

The European Union has agreed to put the armed wing of Hizbullah on its terrorism blacklist, a move driven by concerns over the Lebanese militant grou(...)

Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad (right) meets Dutch foreign minister Uri Rosenthal in Ramallah before the 2012 breakdown in peace talks. Photograph: Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images

When Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations broke down in Amman in January 2012, it looked as though the process had run irretrievably into the sand. (...)

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore (R) looks on as Turkey’s foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu addresses a joint news conference in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters.

There will be no supply of arms to Syria by European Union member states in the short term, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore ha(...)

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