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Netherlands prime minister Mark Rutte is widely expected to return at the head of his fourth consecutive cabinet. Photograph: Bart Maat

The Netherlands is expected to get a long-awaited new coalition government next week, after negotiators told MPs in writing that they are finalising a(...)

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte famously likes to cycle to and from work in The Hague, frequently on his own. Photograph: Bart Maat/EPA

Personal protection has been tightened around Dutch caretaker prime minister Mark Rutte amid fears that he is being targeted by drugs criminals, follo(...)

Caretaker PM Mark Rutte faces a no-confidence motion. File photograph: Bart Maat/EPA

Dutch opposition parties presented a no-confidence motion in caretaker prime minister Mark Rutte on Thursday and accused him of lying in public about (...)

Voters queue in the Maritim Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on Wednesday. Photograph: Peter Boer/Bloomberg

An exit poll in the Netherlands shows the Liberal Party, led by outgoing premier Mark Rutte, on course to form a fourth coalition government after an (...)

People queue to cast their ballots at a polling station in church De Duif in Amsterdam on Monday. Photograph:   Peter Dejong/AP

Voting in a low-key Dutch general election defined by the coronavirus pandemic opened on Monday, overshadowed by the caretaker government’s decision t(...)

Dutch outgoing prime minister Mark Rutte: tax authorities pursued 20,000 families to repay child benefit payments that were rightly theirs. Photograph: Sem Van Der Wal

It speaks volumes about its love of social order that, after 12 months of death, turmoil, and even rioting in the streets, the Dutch electorate goes t(...)

Willem Engel of the “Virus Truth” protest group leaves the court of appeal  in The Hague on Friday. Photograph: Remko De Waal/ANP/AFP via Getty Images

A Dutch appeals court charged with delivering an emergency ruling on the validity of the country’s controversial coronavirus curfew has adjourned its (...)

Firefighters work to extinguish a fire on the Groene Hilledijk in Rotterdam. Photograph: Marco de Swart/ANP/AFP via Getty

What the Netherlands has been experiencing over the past three nights of violent rioting has been a number of competing anti-government agendas findin(...)

Law enforcement officers walk through the centre of Utrecht, the Netherlands, on Thursday. Latest figures showed 5,857 new cases of Covid-19 over the 24 hours to Thursday morning, a rise of 260. Photograph: Jeroen Jumelet/ANP/AFP via Getty Images

In a dramatic tightening of Covid-19 restrictions, nightly curfews are being imposed in the Netherlands for the first time since the second World War (...)

Minister for health Hugo de Jonge and prime minister Mark Rutte. Photograph: Sem van der Wal/EPA

It’s perhaps the single most telling insight into Mark Rutte’s personality that he regards himself as a manager rather than a political visionary. “If(...)

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