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The Amsterdam shooting of Peter R De Vries took place in the vicinity of the Leidseplein, a local hub of restaurants and bars. File photograph: EPA

Dutch investigative journalist Peter R De Vries was fighting for his life in an Amsterdam hospital on Wednesday, more than 24 hours after being shot i(...)

Voters queue in the Maritim Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on Wednesday. Photograph: Peter Boer/Bloomberg

An exit poll in the Netherlands shows the Liberal Party, led by outgoing premier Mark Rutte, on course to form a fourth coalition government after an (...)

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte arriving at the Binnenhof in The Hague on Friday. Photograph:    Remko De Waal/ANP/AFP via Getty Images

The four-party coalition government of Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte has been forced out of office by a long-running child benefits scandal – leavin(...)

Minister for health Hugo de Jonge and prime minister Mark Rutte. Photograph: Sem van der Wal/EPA

It’s perhaps the single most telling insight into Mark Rutte’s personality that he regards himself as a manager rather than a political visionary. “If(...)

The Dutch government on Friday said it would provide Air France-KLM’s Dutch subsidiary KLM with a €3.4 billion financing package

The Dutch government on Friday said it would provide Air France-KLM’s Dutch subsidiary KLM with a €3.4 billion financing package to help it survive du(...)

Protective covers on the engines of a  plane operated by Air France-KLM at Blagnac Airport in Toulouse, France. Photograph: Balint Porneczi/Bloomberg

Air France-KLM has won EU approval for a €7 billion French state aid package that finance minister Bruno Le Maire said would lead to cutbacks in domes(...)

The Italian government, led by  prime minister Giuseppe Conte, has been adamant in demanding the EU agree to issue jointly guaranteed debt. Photograph: Palazzo Chigi press office/AFP via Getty Images

European Union leaders will meet over video conference on Thursday in a bid to bridge deep divisions over how to finance the response to the coronavir(...)

Dutch finance minister Wopke Hoekstra in The Hague during a video conference with other EU finance ministers on what means should be used to absorb the economic blow of the coronavirus crisis. Photograph: Bart Maat/EPA

The negotiations over how to dig the European Union out of the coronavirus downturn have been weighed down by the baggage of the bloc’s last major cri(...)

Eurogroup president Mario Centeno (centre) giving a press briefing at the end of a video meeting in Lisbon, Portugal. Photograph: Patricia de Melo Moreira/European Council/EPA

Euro zone finance ministers reached a compromise on Thursday to break days of stalemate over how to respond to an economic downturn that threatens to (...)

Dutch prime minister   attends a debate in the House of Representatives on the developments surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic   in The Hague, the Netherlands. Photograph: Bart Maat/EPA

It took 16 hours of video conferencing for the finance ministers of the euro zone to find out that once again, they could not agree. As the ministers(...)

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