THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch voters are casting ballots in regional elections that are seen as passing a midterm judgment on the ruling national coalition of Prime Minister Mark Rutte and...
The Latest: Another man arrested in Dutch tram attack
UTRECHT, Netherlands (AP) — The Latest on the tram attack in the Netherlands (all times local):
Dutch police say they have arrested another man on suspicion of involvement...
Gunman kills 3 on Dutch tram; mayor fears terrorism
UTRECHT, Netherlands (AP) — A gunman killed three people and wounded five during a mid-morning tram ride Monday in the Dutch city of Utrecht, raising the specter of another extremist attack only...
Dutch coalition brokers deal over young migrants
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte's four-party ruling coalition brokered a compromise late Tuesday over the politically sensitive issue of whether hundreds of young migrants should be allowed to remain in the country.
European divisions beyond Brexit on display in Davos
DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Europe's divisions were on display Thursday at the World Economic Forum as hundreds of protesters descended on the Swiss ski resort of Davos to lambast the elite attendees for caring more about their balance sheets than the state of the world.
The Latest: Dutch PM wants to help May win Brexit backing
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte says he is working with France, Germany and other nations to help his British counterpart Theresa May win Parliament's approval for her divorce deal with the European Union.
UK’s May hits narrowing road for help rescuing Brexit deal
BRUSSELS (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May said she found "a shared determination" among some European leaders Tuesday to persuade the British Parliament to accept a proposed Brexit deal, but her continental counterparts insisted any room for revisions was small.
So many British lawmakers oppose the deal on the terms of Britain's breakup and future relationship with the European Union that May postponed a planned vote in the House of Commons instead of seeing it rejected.
The Latest: Dutch PM rules out Brexit rejig if May loses
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):
The prime minister of the Netherlands is dismissing the idea that the European Union might revise the accord on its post-Brexit relationship with the United Kingdom.
Mark Rutte said the remaining 27 EU members won't adjust the deal if British Prime Minister Theresa May loses a Dec. 11 parliamentary vote.
Former Dutch PM Wim Kok dies at 80, haunted by Srebrenica
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Former Dutch Prime Minister Wim Kok, a trade unionist-turned-politician who inspired a new breed of pragmatic Social Democratic leaders who swept to power in Europe in the 1990s, has died at 80.
Current Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Kok, who died Saturday, "was a man to look up to — if only for his long service and great importance for our country." Labor Party leader Lodewijk Asscher called Kok a "model of integrity."
Dutch leader asks Italy to stick to budget rules
BRUSSELS (AP) — Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte is warning his Italian counterpart Giuseppe Conte not to break the budgetary rules set out by the European Union.
Rutte met with Conte at Thursday's EU summit, where Conte is on the defensive for filing a draft budget for 2019 that has a deficit level three times as large as Italy originally promised.
Optimism rises for Brexit breakthrough next week
BRUSSELS (AP) — With just days to go before a key Brexit summit next week, optimism is growing that a deal can be reached to ensure a smooth transition for Britain's exit from the European Union.
European Union Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said Friday that he sees room for a breakthrough in the talks next week, when leaders from the 27 EU nations meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May.
Unilever scraps plan to leave London headquarters
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Anglo-Dutch consumer goods multinational Unilever, whose brands include Knorr and Dove, on Friday scrapped a plan to consolidate its headquarters in the Netherlands following opposition from British shareholders.
The company, which has head offices in both Rotterdam and London, said in a statement that the plan to make Rotterdam its sole headquarters "has not received support from a significant group of shareholders."
Dutch government expects unemployment to fall to record low
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch economy will grow by 2.6 percent next year and unemployment will fall to a record low of 3.5 percent, the government said Tuesday as it presented its budget plans for the coming year.
The projected sixth year of growth reflected an economy that has recovered strongly from the global financial crisis a decade ago.
With the economy booming, the plans included extra spending on defense forces, police and security, education and infrastructure.
Dutch leader wants EU justice report on Romania
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The prime minister of the Netherlands, which has long opposed Romania joining a European passport-free zone, says he'll wait for a European Commission report on Romania's contentious judicial overhaul before deciding on whether the country can join the Schengen zone.
Dutch premier distances govt from anti-Islam cartoon contest
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch prime minister on Friday distanced his government from a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest being organized later this year by anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders.
Wilders "is not a member of the government. The competition is not a government initiative," Prime Minister Mark Rutte said at his weekly press conference.
BRUSSELS (AP) — If the NATO summit was tough on the dozens of leaders attending, it appears to have been even tougher on European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.
The European Union leader was seen stumbling, walking awkwardly and losing his balance several times ahead of a gala dinner Wednesday.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Latest on Mexico's presidential election (all times local):
U.S. President Donald Trump is predicting a positive relationship with Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
Trump says he "had a lot of good conversation" with the leftist leader Monday for about 30 minutes, a day after Lopez Obrador's victory.
Trump says "I think the relationship will be a very good one."
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump offered a veiled threat to the World Trade Organization on Monday, warning during a meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte that if the WTO doesn't treat the U.S. "properly, we will be doing something."
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is warning the World Trade Organization that if the United States isn't treated "properly, we will be doing something."
Trump is again denying plans to withdraw the U.S. from the WTO but tells reporters in the Oval Office that the trade organization needs to change its ways.
Trump has struck U.S. allies with tough tariffs and is planning to impose tough trade penalties on China later this week.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A day after international prosecutors said they had unequivocal evidence of Russian involvement in the downing of a Malaysian passenger jet over Ukraine nearly four years ago, the Netherlands and Australia on Friday announced they were holding Moscow legally responsible for its role in the missile attack.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S.-led missile strikes on Syria (all times local):
The Russian military says Syria's Soviet-made air defense systems have shot down all 12 cruise missile aimed at a Syrian air base.
The Russian Defense Ministry said that 12 cruise missiles have been launched at the Dumayr air base east of Damascus. It said that Syria's air defense assets have downed all of them.
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Dutch government decided Thursday to end gas extraction in its northern Groningen region over the next 12 years following protests over the damage from small quakes.
The Dutch cabinet said the maximum yield must be about halved by 2022 or earlier, with more cuts leading up to a full stop by 2030.
"Our end station is zero," said Prime Minister Mark Rutte.
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is recalling its ambassador from Moscow for consultations over the nerve gas attack against a former spy in Britain earlier this month, reinforcing a united stand with Prime Minister Theresa May against Russia.
MOSCOW (AP) — The latest on the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy in Britain (all times local):
The European Union is recalling its ambassador from Moscow for consultations over the nerve gas attack in Britain earlier this month, reinforcing a united stand against Russia.
After firmly siding with Britain in the escalating conflict, the summit of EU leaders in Brussels decided to take a united measure against Moscow early Friday.
Exit polls: Dutch vote on spying law too close to call
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A left-wing environmentalist party scored strongly in key Dutch municipal elections Wednesday, exit polls suggest, while a referendum on a law granting intelligence agencies far-reaching powers to tap electronics communications was too close to call.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government has named a political veteran as its new foreign affairs minister to replace the envoy who quit last month after admitting that he lied about a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The government information service announced Monday that Stef Blok will be sworn in Wednesday by King Willem-Alexander.
BERLIN (AP) — The European Union needs to deliver on its promise of prosperity, security and stability if it wants to beat back the rise of populism from both the left and the right, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Friday.
Speaking at an event in Berlin, Rutte contrasted his comments with British Prime Minister Theresa May's speech Friday on Brexit, saying he wanted to talk about "the best way to move forward with Europe" rather than "a future without Europe."
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the negotiations for an agreement on Britain's departure from the European Union (all times local):
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte says the Europe Union needs to deliver on its promises of prosperity, security and stability if it wants to beat back the rise of populism on the left and right.
Longest-serving Dutch premier, Ruud Lubbers, dies at 78
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Ruud Lubbers, who as the Netherlands' longest serving prime minister led his country through economic turmoil to prosperity and helped shape the foundations of the European Union, died Wednesday. He was 78.
The Dutch government announced that Lubbers died in Rotterdam surrounded by his wife and children. No cause of death was given.
Dutch foreign minister quits after lying about Putin meeting
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch foreign affairs minister resigned Tuesday, a day after admitting that he lied about attending a meeting hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin more than a decade ago.
An emotional Halbe Zijlstra announced his resignation at the start of a debate Tuesday at which he was expected to be grilled by opposition lawmakers about the lie. He called it "by far the biggest mistake I have committed in my entire career."
Dutch police: 2 dead, 3 hurt in stabbings in southern city
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Two people were killed and three injured Thursday night in two stabbing incidents in the southern Dutch city of Maastricht, authorities said.
Police said in a tweet that one suspect had been detained on suspicion of involvement in the incidents. They released no details on the suspect or the victims.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte said it was not a terror attack, echoing comments from the police.
EU nations bicker over migration policy as summit opens
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union nations bickered openly over migration policy Thursday in an east-west divide centered on several nations that refuse to accept refugee quotas.
The Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia announced that they planned to spend around 35 million euros ($41 million) to beef up EU borders after the four countries — known as the "Visegrad Four" — were criticized for failing to show solidarity with the rest of the bloc.
Rutte presents his 3rd government; moves Dutch to the right
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte presented his third government Thursday, a new coalition that is set to move the Netherlands further to the right.
The new center-right coalition is expected to focus on tax cuts after years of austerity and measures to contain immigration. Rutte jettisoned the socialists from his team in forming the new government.
EU leaders to May: Match Brexit promises with real proposals
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders told British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday to match her goodwill pledges to boost Brexit negotiations with concrete proposals if she really wants to start discussing a future trade deal by December.
May used a dinner at a Brussels summit of the 28-nation bloc to push her call for urgency on trade talks and get a deal she can sell at home in the British leader's latest attempt to reinvigorate the divorce talks.
From tax cuts to pot plantations: New Dutch coalition plans
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Netherlands' new center-right, four-party coalition led by Prime Minister Mark Rutte published its policy blueprint Tuesday for the coming four years, including everything from a raft of tax cuts to an experiment with state-sanctioned cannabis plantations.
After 208 days, 4 Dutch parties agree on govt coalition
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — After 208 days of tough negotiations, the leaders of four Dutch parties agreed Monday on a draft program for a new center-right coalition government under Prime Minister Mark Rutte that will likely push policies further to the right.
Centrist D66 leader Alexander Pechtold said that after years of austerity, the new government will reward voters with lower taxes.
"We are coming out of crisis, so we can invest, taxes can be lowered," Pechtold told reporters.
Popular mayor of Amsterdam dies after battling lung cancer
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Eberhard van der Laan, the popular mayor of Amsterdam who ran the city with a firm hand and a compassionate touch, has died after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 62.
Amsterdam Municipality, which Van der Laan led for seven years before stepping down last month because of his failing health, said Van der Laan died Thursday night.
"Amsterdam weeps for its dear mayor and all of the Netherlands mourns" with the city, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said.
In ceremonial budget speech, Dutch king sees strong economy
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch economy is forecast to grow by a robust 3.3 percent this year and 2.5 percent in 2018, the Dutch king said Tuesday in a speech - written by the government - to open the parliamentary year.
Dutch woman convicted for Facebook threat of prime minister
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch court has sentenced a 47-year-old woman to 40 hours of community service for threatening the country's prime minister in a Facebook post.
The Hague District Court said Wednesday that the woman from Leiden posted an image of Prime Minister Mark Rutte with a noose around his neck. The woman was not named publicly.
The court said in a statement summarizing its verdict that "such a death threat is unacceptable."
Indian PM Modi meets his Dutch counterpart for talks
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has met his Dutch counterpart during a brief stop in the Netherlands on his way home from meeting President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C.
Modi met Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Tuesday at the Dutch premier's official residence in a leafy Hague suburb, pledging to discuss closer links between the two countries.
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and Britain on Friday tripped over the first item in their Brexit talks — protecting the rights of each other's citizens — highlighting the potential for trouble ahead in their marathon negotiations.