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Former Dutch Labour leader Diederik Samsom (left) with prime minister Mark Rutte.  Mr Samson was ousted as s party leader last month and has resigned from parliament. Photograph: Michael Kooren/Reuters

If one Dutch MP symbolises his country’s political turbulence over the past four years, it is former Labour golden boy Diederik Samsom, the green ene(...)

The markets were caught off guard by Trump’s election in November  but investors have decided to focus on the positive – for the moment at least

For financial market rollercoaster junkies fearing it will be hard next year to top volatility inspired by Brexit and Donald Trump, Angela Merkel, Mar(...)

The relationship between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump will be pivotal to events in 2017

The right’s revolt In the centenary year of one seminal sequence of events – the Russian Revolution – that helped shape global politics for more th(...)

Victory by Geert Wilders’s far-right party in  Dutch parliamentary elections would mark a turning away by an  EU founding member  from the  core values of the union.  Photograph: Jens Schlueter/Getty Images

Anything can happen, the tallest towers Be overturned, those in high places daunted, Those overlooked regarded . . . Capstones shift, nothing rese(...)

In October OJ Simpson becomes eligible for parole nine years after being sentenced to 33 years in prison for armed robbery and kidnapping, Photograph: Issac Brekken-Pool/Getty Images

January The UK’s supreme court is expected to rule on the London government’s appeal against a High Court decision that the government must seek parli(...)

 Escape route: Nijmegen railway station  this week.  Photograph: Piroschka van de Wouw/AFP/Getty Images

Opposition politicians are calling for the return of the Dutch parliament from its three-week recess following confirmation that the jihadist who ramm(...)

The housing crisis has emerged as a key issue. High rents and the lack of availability of new homes is emerging as a block to inward investment and to the State’s attempts to attract banks from London to Ireland post-Brexit.

In terms of surprises, 2017 is unlikely to rival the year just ending. From the Brexit vote to the Apple tax decision and the election of Donald Trump(...)

Syrian civil defence volunteers, known as the White Helmets, rescue a boy from the rubble following a reported barrel bomb attack on the Bab al-Nairab neighbourhood of Aleppo on November 24th. Photograph: Ameer Alhalbi/AFP/Getty Images

“Their world is crumbling. Ours is being built.” Donald Trump had won, and Florian Philippot was exultant. Their world, as the vice-president of Fran(...)

A child looks on at the Ritsona refugee camp, north of Athens – about 58,000 other people are trapped in limbo in Greece, where some families are expected to survive in unheated tents even as the freezing winter weather arrives. Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

Aleppo is in ruins, and across the political spectrum, there has been horror, outrage and anger. People share videos of dead children and wailing moth(...)

Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders responded to the German Christmas market attack by tweeting a grisly, faked picture of Angela Merkel’s suppos(...)

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