January 22, 2020

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Think outside the political box!

By Dorothee Bär, MdB, Minister of State to the Federal Chancellor, Federal Government Commissioner for Digital Affairs of Germany.   We live in a digital world. That’s a fact. Another fact – at least for me – is that “politics begins with the contemplation of reality.” These words were originally spoken by the social democrat Kurt Schumacher. Yet Volker Kauder, former chairman of the CDU/CSU group in the German Parliament, often uses them, as well – and I would like to do the same when it comes to the tasks and challenges of political discourse and action in a world…

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NATO’s Brussels Summit

By H.E. Ms. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Ambassador of the United States to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. NATO remains the indispensable security umbrella for North America and Europe. It is the foundation of our national security and that of our allies, and it cements the transatlantic bond. When NATO leaders gathered in Brussels for the Summit this July, they reaffirmed our shared values and charted a path to further strengthen the alliance. The Brussels Declaration approved by leaders clearly showed all 29 allies speaking with one voice that underscored our unity and commitment to collective defense. The Heads of State and…

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Azerbaijan Democratic Republic (1918-1920): The first democratic and parliamentary republic in the Islamic East

By Mr. Jalal Mirzayev, Charge d’affaries of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. 2018 is a significant year in the history of Azerbaijani people, as it marks the 100th year anniversary of the establishment of Azerbaijani statehood – Azerbaijan Democratic Republic (ADR). A series of the events all over the world are being held to commemorate the memory of this short-lived, but glorious statehood. ADR was proclaimed on May 28, 1918 with the adoption of the Declaration of Independence – the exemplary policy document which committed to the principles of democracy and rule of law. This…

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La Francophonie au rythme du monde

SE Michaëlle Jean, Secrétaire générale de la Francophonie et António Guterres, Secrétaire général des Nations unies. Par SE la Très Honorable Michaëlle Jean, III Secrétaire générale de la Francophonie. Alors que nous nous préparons à tenir le XVIIe Sommet de la Francophonie à Erevan, en Arménie, les 11 et 12 octobre prochain, les mots prononcés par le Président sénégalais Léopold Sédar Senghor, à quelques mois du tout premier Sommet des chefs d’État et de gouvernement de la Francophonie, à Versailles en 1986, me reviennent et s’imposent plus que jamais comme une évidence : « Notre Francophonie n’est ni une tour…

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Two years as German Ambassador to The Netherlands

By His Excellency Mr.  Dirk Brengelmann, Ambassador of Germany in the Netherlands. Over 30 years ago, my wife Brigitte and I visited The Hague (and the German Embassy and Huis Schuylenburch, the German Ambassador’s Residence in the city centre), as part of the training programme of our Foreign Service Academy. The late Ambassador Otto von der Gablentz, a beacon of Dutch-German relations, received us and the other participants in the programme. He described the challenges of his job, given many people’s memories of World War II, but also the wonderful experience of working with the people of the Netherlands to…

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Prioritising on Kenya’s developmental agenda

 By His Excellency Laurence Lenayapa, Ambassador of the Republic of Kenya. Since arriving in the Netherlands in August, I have been very pleased to enjoy the Dutch hospitality and I look forward to making this my home for the next few years. I also look forward to visiting various parts of the country in the course of my duty as well as to simply enjoy the beauty the country has to offer. The Hague, where the Embassy is situated presents the opportunity to work in a very international environment with the presence of several other embassies, international organisations and various…

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Kosovo, facing the challenges of a new country

Hashim Thaci, President of the Republic of Kosovo. Photography by Frank Jansen. By H.E. Mr. Hashim Thaçi, President of the Republic of Kosovo. The Hague is a special place in the modern history of Kosovo. It is a place where dictator Milosevic died in jail, where he was sent after the Kosovo war. I firmly believe peace and justice are two fundamental issues for every society, in particular for those in transition. The Hague is also a place where Kosovo independence was confirmed as legal at International Court of Justice. After this Advisory Opinion in 2010, the political dialogue between…

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Even our longest, unbroken, peaceful relationship can be improved

Ambassador Hoekstra. Photography by Jos van Leeuwen. By H.E. Mr. Peter Hoekstra. The United States and the Netherlands have a long history of friendship and cooperation.  This began before John Adams was accepted as the official representative from the United States to the Netherlands in 1782 and even before the Dutch became the first nation to recognize our new nation with the First Salute in November of 1776.  Our joint journey started when Henry Hudson sailed to North America and the Dutch settled in those new lands. Our relationship with the Dutch is the longest, unbroken, peaceful relationship that the…

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Tanzania Welcomes You to The Roof of Africa!

                        By H.E.  Ms. Irene Florence Mkwawa Kasyanju, Ambassador of Tanzania. Photography Ms. Nkundwe Pamela Kasyanju . Looking for a lifetime adventure? Or simply itching to scratch off yet another item from your bucket list, why not stand on top of the world’s tallest freestanding mountain? Home to 3 volcanic cones; Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira, Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro(“Kili”)is the ultimate challenge in Africa. Large enough to satisfy one’squest for a little solitude and time reconnecting with nature, Kili effortlessly attracts over 40,000 people a year, from all over the world….

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Belgium’s Princely Mission to Argentina

By H.E. Pablo Grinspun, Ambassador of Argentina to the Kingdom of Belgium. Belgium is one of the most open economies in the world, but the benefits from international trade are being challenged by the new world context, especially the emerging protectionism from some countries and the consequences of the Brexit vote. Therefore, the current environment in key trading partners is asking for a growing diversification of Belgium’s economy. Belgium’s economic missions chaired by HRH Princess Astrid are a unique opportunity to achieve this goal. This year, Argentina and Uruguay will be the destination of the first of the two missions that…

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