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Liberal Party leader Mark Rutte had promised a burqa ban to persuade his far-right nemesis Geert Wilders to support a minority Liberal-Christian Democrat coalition government. Photograph: Jerry Lampen/AFP/Getty Images

There was a time when the Council of State in the Netherlands – founded in 1531 to advise governments and ensure their policies were in line with the (...)

Council president Donald  at a news conference following the EU  leaders’ summit in  Brussels.  Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

So what did it all mean, this long Brussels night? Britain got its extension, but are we any nearer a solution? Will everyone be back in October (...)

Michel Barnier, EU chief Brexit negotiator, at Government Buildings speaking to media following meeting. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It will be “dangerous” if British prime minister Theresa May requests an extension to the Brexit deadline without a clear plan on how to ratify the cu(...)

Street art work by Combo on a Paris wall depicts French president Emmanuel Macron and Britain’s prime minister Theresa May. Photograph: Christian Hartmann

Theresa May will visit Berlin and Paris on Tuesday to make the case for a short delay to Brexit to Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron ahead of Wednesda(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron, EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and German chancellor Angela Merkel greet  Xi Jinping at the Élysée Palace in Paris. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

The 14th-century admonition that “He who sups with the devil should have a long spoon” is the mantra these days of many European leaders. The devil in(...)

Adrienne Cullen at  home in Voorschoten, in the Netherlands.

An Irishwoman who died in the Netherlands of cervical cancer as a result of medical negligence has been praised by the country’s prime minister for he(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council president Donald Tusk embrace after a joint news conference in Brussels. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

The European Union is “prepared for the worst, but hopes for the best”, European Council president Donald Tusk has told a press conference at the conc(...)

Thierry Baudet of  Forum voor Democratie (Forum for Democracy) during provincial elections night in Zeist, the Netherlands. Photograph: Bart Maat/EPA

An upstart populist party shocked the Dutch political establishment by winning the most votes in provincial elections after a preliminary count in the(...)

Leaders at the summit will discuss the EU’s most important relationship of the next decade: China. Photograph:  Sean Gallup/Getty Images

One cautious step at a time. EU leaders, diplomats in Brussels were insisting, can only consider what is formally put in front of them. If Theresa Ma(...)

Sabine Weyand, deputy negotiator for the EU. Photograph: Dario Pignatelli/Getty

Brussels has said a vote by UK MPs to block a no-deal Brexit in any circumstances is a meaningless move, with one senior EU negotiator describing it a(...)

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