The Hague, also known as "the Royal City by the Sea," is the third largest city in the Netherlands. The Dutch government and parliament are in The Hague — but it is not the country's capital.
Parks, stately villas, embassies and boulevards — The Hague (Den Haag in Dutch), with its more than 500,000 inhabitants, is the capital city of the province of South Holland. It is the third largest city after Amsterdam, the Dutch capital, and Rotterdam. The city regularly makes international headlines due to the fact that it is the seat of the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. The first historical reference to The Hague on record dates back to about 1230, when a hunting lodge was built there by Count Floris the Fourth, later rebuilt as a castle. The name The Hague comes from the word for hedge as an enclosure for the building. This is a collection of DW's content on The Hague.
The Netherlands during the week followed France, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark and Austria in banning face coverings. A Dutch law outlawing clothing which completely covers the face went into effect on Thursday. Keith Walker speaks with DW correspondent Stefan Bos in The Hague, who begins by explaining how the new Dutch law does not go as far as other, more extensive bans in Europe.
Ramush Haradinaj, Kosovo's prime minister and a former guerilla commander, gave up his post after being summoned as a war crimes suspect before a special court. He has already been acquitted twice before in The Hague.
On April 6, 1992, one of the bloodiest wars in European history erupted in the Balkans - in Bosnia Herzegovina. As many as 200,000 people were killed and two million displaced. War crimes from the war are still being tried in The Hague. The latest saw a 40 year prison sentence for Radovan Karadzic, the former President of the Bosnian-Serb Republic, increased to life. Natalie Carney has more.
Some six weeks after a pastor in the Netherlands began a fairly ordinary church service, that service is still underway. The Protestant Bethel Church in The Hague is trying to prevent the deportation of an Armenian family that was denied asylum after almost nine years in the Netherlands. It's the latest in a series of incidents fueling the debate on migration. Stefan Bos has more from The Hague.
A meeting of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) turned bitter this week as members argued over the global watchdog's new powers to investigate attacks and name the perpetrators. Teri Schultz takes a look at the huge controversy that unfolded in The Hague and what happens next.