Mark Rutte

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The world’s five most valuable companies - Apple, Google’s parent Alphabet, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook –  each gaining between 37%  and 56%  in 2017 to leave them with a combined market capitalisation of €2.8 trillion. Photograph: Getty Images

Allegations of Russian interference in US elections. A rocky first year for the new incumbent in the White House. A rogue nation testing weapons of m(...)

Leo Varadkar clashed with Macron in the council discussion over a potential digital tax, a proposal yet to be formulated by the Commission, but one much desired by the French. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

“They’re in there on their own,” laughs one diplomat. “It terrifies the officials.” Talk to anyone who has been leader of a country, or read their me(...)

 Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte:  new four-party coalition will exclude the far-right Freedom Party and its leader Geert Wilders. Photograph: EPA

After taking what is now the longest period since the second World War to form a government, the Netherlands is on the verge of a new four-party coali(...)

  Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte:  managed to convince the other three parties the Liberals are in coalition with    to commit to a theoretical, unspecified, pay deal for primary school teachers. Photograph:   Robin Utrecht/EPA

The caretaker Liberal-Labour government in the Netherlands – now running the country in the absence of an alternative for more than 180 days – has na(...)

Hundreds of people gather in an emergency shelter at the Miami-Dade County Fair Expo Center in Miami, Florida, September 8th, 2017, ahead of Hurricane Irma. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Florida has braced for one of the most violent storms on record, as Hurricane Irma barrelled through the Caribbean and Cuba on Friday, leaving a trail(...)

A house reduced to rubble on the French-administered territory of St Bart, after the passage of Hurricane Irma. Photograph: Quentin Liou/AFP/Getty Images

Hurricane Irma claimed at least four lives on the Franco-Dutch island of St Martin, and injured another 50 people, of whom three are in critical cond(...)

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte is facing possibility of having to go it alone with a minority budget next month. Photograph: Remko De Waal/EPA

Still without a new government about 160 days after the March general election, the Netherlands is facing the collapse of its caretaker coalition – an(...)

 President Donald Trump: his nominee for the job of US ambassador to the Netherlands was born in Groningen before emigrating with his family to the US aged three. Photograph: Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Leaving aside the controversial president who’s proposing him, it would be hard to find a person less at one with the deeply ingrained liberal ethos o(...)

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte attends an event to unveil a national monument to commemorate the victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash in Ukraine in 2014, in Vijfhuizen, Netherlands, on July 17th, 2017. Photograph: Remko de Waal/Reuters

The Dutch government has issued an uncompromising warning to its nationals living in Britain that if they take UK citizenship as a means of circumvent(...)

Relatives of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash in Ukraine in 2014 look at the names on the memorial during an event to commemorate the disaster in Vijfhuizen, Netherlands. Photograph:  Reuters/Remko de Waal/Pool

On a crisp summer day, poignantly reminiscent of the one on which Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was blown out of the sky over eastern Ukraine three ye(...)

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