Dutch government to reform business tax rules
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government said Tuesday it plans to reform a business tax rule that allows wealthy multinationals to reduce the amount of tax they pay on their...
Museum says not everything glittered in Dutch ‘Golden Age’
AMSTERDAM (AP) — Not everything glittered in the 17th century when what is now the Netherlands was a mercantile, military and artistic superpower, so a Dutch museum has decided to stop calling...
Angela Merkel calls for EU-wide climate neutrality by 2050
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Thursday for the European Union to support ambitious targets for the entire 28-nation bloc to become climate...
Dutch Princess Christina, sister of former queen, dies at 72
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch Princess Christina, the youngest sister of former Queen Beatrix, died Friday after a battle with bone cancer. She was 72.
Dutch collector presents D-Day flag to US
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's worn and tattered and stained with oil and diesel fuel, but this Old Glory has returned home.
An American flag that flew on the stern of a boat carrying the first...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump will meet with Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales on Monday to talk about immigration and security issues.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte is visiting U.S. President Donald Trump next week, but said Friday he can't yet give the president a response to American requests for...
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Latest on the European Parliament elections (all times local):
An exit poll published by Dutch national broadcaster NOS shows that the Labor...
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Pro-European Dutch parties were predicted Thursday to win most of the country's seats in the European Parliament, with right-wing populist opponents of the European...
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch prime minister clashed Wednesday with the leader of a right-wing populist party over immigration and whether the Netherlands should remain in the European...
AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Dutch royal family and prime minister are leading an unusual outpouring of praise for the 25-year-old singer who brought the Netherlands its first victory in the Eurovision...
BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on trade tensions between the U.S. and China (all times local):
The German and Dutch leaders are making clear that they don't plan to change their...
Mourners walk silently to honor Utrecht shooting victims
UTRECHT, Netherlands (AP) — The main suspect in a deadly tram shooting in Utrecht confessed to the attack and said he acted alone, prosecutors announced Friday, hours before mourners walked in...
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte says the United Kingdom now could walk out without a deal on April 12, but he expects it...
New populist star emerges from Dutch local elections
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Netherlands woke up Thursday to a new star of right-wing populism, as the party of a Latin-quoting, philosophy-reading lawmaker surged past anti-Islam firebrand...
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A right-wing populist party in the Netherlands emerged from provincial elections that also determine the makeup of the national Senate positioned for a big win,...
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.