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Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte at the DAF factory in Eindhoven in February. Rutte’s Liberal Party and his junior coalition partners, Labour, are expected to lose heavily to Geert Wilders’ right-wing Freedom Party in provincial elections. Photograph: Getty Images

The Dutch government suffered its second embarrassment in a week when two ministers resigned over misleading parliament about a payment to a convic(...)

Conspiracy theories: the West says the killers were Russian-backed separatists while Moscow claims the missile was fired by Ukrainian air force. Photograph: Koen Van Weel/EPA

Who knew what and when? The answers to those questions have turned many a chain of what seemed at first to be chaotic events into that worst nightmare(...)

The moment the gunman is arrested in the studio for disrupting the evening news, reportedly demanding airtime. Photograph: AFP Photo/ANP/NOS

Security has been stepped up in Hilversum, the home of Dutch broadcasting, after a 19-year-old man carrying a fake gun forced his way into national ne(...)

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte. Despite its liberalism on social issues, the Netherlands sanctions more phone taps per head of population than any other country in the world. Photograph: Reuters/Michael Kooren

An allegation that the Dutch security service has regularly received and used intelligence based on private emails and social media postings gathered (...)

British, French and Swiss students in the first ever Coffee Shop College at the Willie Wortel (Carrot) Coffee Shop in March 2002. Photograph: Michel Porro/Getty Images

The Dutch government is to appeal a court decision ordering it to pay compensation to the owners of cannabis cafes in the south of the country who cla(...)