Mark Rutte

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A customer wearing a face mask  in a supermarket in Amsterdam.  It is now required  to wear a mask in indoor public  spaces in the Netherlands. Photograph: Koen Van Weel/AFP via Getty Images

After more than nine months of claim, counterclaim and downright confusion, masks finally became legally compulsory on Tuesday in all indoor public sp(...)

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands on a visit to Willemstad, Curacao, some years ago: The former Dutch colony is essentially a customised playground. Photograph: Patrick van Katwijk/Getty

Nobody wants to lock down for Christmas, but the idea that the Netherlands is about to allow a surge of its holidaymakers to take off in pursuit of wi(...)

Belgium, France and the Netherlands have called on the European Commission to accelerate contingency planning for the possibility that a Brexit trade deal cannot be struck. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty

Belgium, France and the Netherlands have called on the European Commission to accelerate contingency planning for the possibility that a deal cannot b(...)

Bullet holes are seen in the windows of Saudi Arabia’s embassy in The Hague on Thursday. Photograph: Mike Corder/AP

A man is in custody in the Netherlands after an attacker fired almost two dozen shots at the Saudi Arabian embassy in The Hague on Thursday morning – (...)

French president Emmanuel Macron:  Citizens ‘won’t be able to accept for a long time that internal borders are kept open if we do not reform the Schengen area in depth’. Photograph: AP

Europe should overhaul its open border system, ramp up policing at its external frontiers and crack down on extremism, the leaders of France and Austr(...)

 Hugo de Jonge, Dutch minister of health,  arrives for the plenary debate in the Lower House about the developments surrounding the coronavirus, in The Hague, The Netherlands on Wednesday. Photograph: Bart Maat/EPA

A four-week “partial lockdown” imposed in the Netherlands a fortnight ago in a bid to control a second wave of coronavirus has been extended until “we(...)

Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima. Photograph: Patrick Van Katwijk/ANP/AFP via Getty

In their second pandemic-related gaffe in two months, the Dutch royals have been forced to return from holiday in Greece – and the prime minister has (...)

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier: he wrote to his British counterpart David Frost on Friday offering to resume talks in London on Monday. Photograph: Bloomberg

Downing Street has accused the EU of ending negotiations towards a free trade agreement by adopting an uncompromising position at this week’s European(...)

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier alonside European Council president Charles Michel at the EU summit in Brussels yesterday. Photograph:  Kenzo Tribouillard/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

European Union leaders have told London to compromise to break a deadlock in talks and avoid deep disruption to trade relations between the bloc and i(...)

Employees of a cafe in Amsterdam watch a press conference by Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte on Tuesday evening about new coronavirus restrictions. Photograph: Remko De Waal/ANP/AFP via Getty Images

With the most recent measures aimed at combating a second wave of Covid-19 showing no sign of working, the Netherlands has returned to “partial lockdo(...)

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