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Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte: ‘Countries that are bailed out will have to say what they will do to make sure this situation does not arise again.’ Photograph: EPA

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte has warned that countries that are bailed out under the EU Commission’s proposed €750 billion Covid-19 recovery progra(...)

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte (left) visits a hairdresser in The Hague, on May 14th as the country eased lockdown measures. File photograph: Getty

P J O’Rourke is one of those writers whose books have never quite lived up to their titles. But who cares? You’ve got to love anything named Holidays (...)

The Dutch soccer league can now begin planning for the new season. Photograph: Getty Images

Organised sport will only resume in the Netherlands from September 1st, but recreational golf and tennis will be allowed from Monday, Dutch prime mini(...)

An intensive care patient is moved from an air ambulance at the University Medical Center in Groningen, the Netherlands. Photograph: Robin Utrecht/Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty

According to the official Dutch count, there have been 4,795 coronavirus deaths in the Netherlands. This is an underestimate: it only includes people (...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen and European Council president Charles Michel after the video-conferenced EU summit. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/Reuters

Weeks of further talks are expected to try to bridge differences among European Union member states over how to fund the bloc’s budget and a recovery (...)

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte (right) and Dutch health minister Hugo de Jonge. Mr de Jonge said he would make no concessions on protecting user privacy in the app. Photograph: Bart Maat/ANP/AFP via Getty Images

The Dutch government has abandoned its initial attempt to commission a Covid-19 contact tracing app after the final seven designs were dismissed as in(...)

The 19 euro zone finance ministers were due to convene over a video conference to try to find a compromise on a rescue package for states struggling to manage the economic impact of the pandemic

The 19 members of the euro zone hammered out a compromise on Thursday to aid states in need of funding to address the profound economic fallout from (...)

Mark Rutte:  his Dutch government  remain obstinate in their opposition to mutualised “corona bonds” to help aid  southern EU countries devastated by Covid-19. Photograph: Bart Maat/EPA

It may sound harsh, but right from the start of the fractious negotiations on aid for southern EU countries devastated by Covid-19, the Netherlands pu(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel: “It must be in the interest of everyone and of Germany that Europe emerges stronger from this test.” Photograph: Markus Schreiber

The European Union is facing the biggest challenge since its foundation, chancellor Angela Merkel warned on Monday as she stressed Germany’s readiness(...)

 Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte during a press conference after a  cabinet crisis team on Covid-19  in The Hague. Photograph: EPA/Bart Maat

Is “herd immunity” – the idea that a virus may be allowed to spread through a population at a controlled pace generating group immunity as it goes – a(...)

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