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A woman wearing Islamic dress in Rotterdam: along with  Amsterdam and Utrecht, the city plans to ignore application of the burka ban. Photograph: Robin Utrecht

The Netherlands on Thursday became the sixth EU country to introduce a prohibition on face-covering in public buildings – in other words, a burka ban (...)

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(...)

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte: His Liberals have the support of centre-right allies, the Christian Democrats, and three right-wing parties, Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party, the Forum for Democracy and the Calvinist party, SGP. Photograph: Bertrand Guay

Five parties in the Dutch parliament, including prime minister Mark Rutte’s Liberals, have come together in support of a controversial motion that wou(...)

Dutch centre-left parties have said  Queen Maxima  in was placed in ‘an impossible position’ by allowing the meeting with the crown prince to go ahead. Photograph: Patrick Van Katwijk/EPA

The Dutch government has strongly defended Queen Maxima after she was criticised by a senior UN official for meeting the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed (...)

‘Grid girls’ pose during the Dutch MotoGP qualifiers in June 2019 in Assen. Photograph:  Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images

Two high-profile sports stories in the Netherlands this week are reminders that although the march towards equality of the sexes may appear unstoppabl(...)

European Council president Donald Tusk and Estonian prime minister Juri Ratas attend a roundtable at the council’s summit  in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Geoffroy van der Hasselt/Pool via Reuters

After a day and night of frantic bilateral meetings with fellow EU leaders, and precious little sleep, European Council president Donald Tusk will rec(...)

Amsterdam: many of the grandest buildings in the centre of the city have an association with slavery.

In what’s being hailed as a “historic” decision, Amsterdam is to apologise for its role in the slave trade which made it the richest city in the weste(...)

This year’s elections have led to a three-way split in the European Parliament, with none of the “spitzenkandidat” able to achieve a parliamentary majority. File photograph: Getty

Top jobs – the rules and the traditions Every five years, at the beginning of a new term of the European Parliament, the European Council, which is m(...)

Simon Coveney: People are entitled to their opinions, but they are not entitled to their own facts. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Complex challenges surrounding the Irish Border in the event of a no-deal Brexit cannot be “dumbed down” to technological solutions, Tánaiste Simon Co(...)

Dutch populist politician Geert Wilders, whose Freedom Party ended up in tenth place in the recent Euro elections.  His party ended up an excruciating two places behind Party for the Animals. Photograph: Bart Maat/EPA

As he cosied up to Marine Le Pen and Matteo Salvini at a rally in Milan just days before the EU elections last month, one wonders if Dutch far-right l(...)

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