The Netherlands is a small country located in western Europe with three island territories in the Caribbean. Its capital is Amsterdam.
The Netherlands is a very densely populated country that boasts the largest port in Europe, Rotterdam. It is a founding member of the EU, NATO and WTO. Its seat of government and parliament is located in The Hague, which is also home to five international courts, including the ICC. This page collates recent DW content on the Netherlands
On today's programme: Spain moves to suspend Catalonia’s autonomy - Austria’s wunderkind wins elections – Mental health emergency in Greek refugee camps - A Bavarian field at the heart of the EU - Journalist’s murder shocks Malta - Poland’s rosary for peace - The Polder model and Dutch decision making - A library for migrant children in Lampedusa.
In the Netherlands, a four-party, center-right, coalition has been formed after a record-setting 209 days. Such long negotiations are not totally unusual for the Dutch. That’s because the country follows a so called Polder model, to build consensus in government. But as Stefan Bos has been finding out in The Hague, not everyone is entirely happy with it.
Dutch investigative journalists have said that at least 11,000 babies adopted by foreign couples were either bought or stolen from their parents. Authorities in Sri Lanka and the Netherlands have launched investigations.
The European Union, and Germany's role in it, is one of the key topics of debate this election year. A growing portion of the German electorate has grown up in a Europe where people could move and trade freely between countries. We met a young man who's living this idea in its extreme - a European border hopper. Felix Plitzko lives in Germany and set up his electronic business in the Netherlands.
From the Netherlands to France and the United Kingdom, Europe has seen some dramatic and tightly fought elections this year. But it seems to be a completely different story here in Germany. Many think the election campaign has turned into a snoozefest. However as Kate Hairsine reports, these lacklustre polls hide some dangers.