March 24, 2017

  • Indonesia-Netherlands’ Partnership Beyond 2.0: The Highlights of the Relationship between Indonesia and the Netherlands

    By H.E. I Gusti Agung Wesaka Puja, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The relations between Indonesia and the Netherlands dates back years ago. This relation, which can be characterized as very close and dynamic, have been subjected to various ups and downs. It appears useful to draw a lesson from the developments in both nations’ mutual history in order to maintain and deepen the ties and cooperation in the years to come. At present, relations and cooperation between Indonesia and the Netherlands have been moving in a favourable direction. It is very encouraging…

  • L’Andorre se projette dans l’avenir avec un nouveau modèle économique

    By Maria Ubach Font, Représentante de la Principauté d’Andorre auprès de l’Union Européenne, Ambassadeur auprès des pays du Benelux et l’Allemagne. La principauté d’Andorre s’est dotée d’une Constitution approuvée par voie référendaire le 14 mars 1993. Nous fêtons cette année le 24ème anniversaire de cette loi fondamentale qui a permis à l’Andorre d’accéder à la souveraineté tout en gardant son système institutionnel séculaire. La Principauté a engagé un processus ambitieux de modernisation de son cadre fiscal et économique et souhaite renforcer ses liens avec l’Union européenne. Cette véritable transformation va permettre à l’Andorre de devenir un Etat plus ouvert, plus…

  • Belarus and the Netherlands, Marking the Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations

    By H.E. Mr Mikalai Barysevich, Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. This year Belarus and the Netherlands mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations on 24th March 1992. A quarter of a century might not be a long time from a historic perspective but over these years Belarus and the Netherlands have worked very intensively to form the necessary legal base of bilateral relations and to develop a productive bilateral dialogue in the spheres of common interest. I will mention just a few events that have shaped Belarusian-Dutch relations over this…

  • Diplomat Magazine is now going global

    The President of Greece, Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos. Photo cover page by Henry Arvidsson.   By Dr Mayelinne De Lara. With every step, and in each new edition, Diplomat Magazine continues to grow in strength and popularity. We are delighted to have nurtured its development into an important media platform for the diplomatic community in the Netherlands and beyond. Not only is Diplomat Magazine the very first publication for diplomats in the Netherlands, but it has grown in recent months to cover the entire Benelux region, and is now going global following an agreement with Dow Jones that will see more…

  • L’Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) est une organisation multilatérale singulière

    By Ambassador Stéphane López, Représentant Permanent de La Francophonie auprès de l’Union européenne. Imaginée par un Québécois : le journaliste Jean-Marc Léger, portée en son projet fondateur par un Sénégalais : Léopold Sédar Senghor, et créée grâce à la mobilisation visionnaire de plusieurs Chefs d’Etat du grand Sud francophone : les Diori Hamani, Habib Bourguiba, Charles Hélou, Philibert Tsiranana, ou d’Asie : Norodom Sihanouk, elle a vu le jour le 20 mars 1970, à Niamey, au Niger. Ces origines montrent assez que, contrairement à une représentation tenace, elle n’est pas un instrument français, née de la volonté de la France, et au service de…

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The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 – 60 years later

Mar 16, 2017

On Thursday afternoon 16 March, the Embassy of Hungary presented the short documentary ‘The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 – 60 years later, The 1956 Commemoration Season in the Netherlands’ to dozens of special invitees in The Hague. The documentary was made by the Netherlands based Hungarian filmmaker Csaba Bogádi and reflects upon eleven events that were organized throughout the Netherlands from August to November 2016 and attended by over 7000 visitors. Like the short documentary, the aim of the extensive program organized by the Embassy of Hungary in collaboration with various partners, was to commemorate the Hungarian Revolution of 1956…

Kyrgyz President and FM visited Brussels

Mar 16, 2017

The President of Kyrgyzstan and The King of the Belgians. Brussels, 16 February 2017: IV President of the Kyrgyz Republic, Almazbek Sharshenovich Atambayev, arrived to Brussels. During his working visit, the Kyrgyz President held bilateral meetings with HM King Philippus of the Belgians as well as multilateral talks with the chairmen of the European Council Donald Tusk, the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini. During the visit, two documents were signed to enhance cooperation between Kyrgyzstan and European Union on key fields. Under the rule of law programme,…

Ambassadors to Belgium accredited

Mar 14, 2017

On the picture the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain H.E. Cecilia Yuste Rojas. Kingdom of Spain: HE Ambassador Cecilia Yuste Rojas was accredited on Tuesday, 7 March 2017 at the Royal Palace Brussels before HM The King of the Belgians. Before taking up this ambassadorship Cecilia Yuste was Director General for the Bureau of Diplomatic Information at the Spanish Foreign Office. http://www.exteriores.gob.es/Embajadas/BRUSELAS/es/Embajada/Paginas/Embajador.aspx http://www.exteriores.gob.es/Embajadas/BRUSELAS/es/Embajada/BRUSELASEMS8usuariosmanuelarodriguezMy%20Pictures/CV%20actual%20Embajadora.pdf State of Qatar: HE Ambassador Abdulrahman bin Mohammed bin Sulaiman Al Khulaifi was accredited on 7 March 2017. Previous to this ambassadorship, he was head of mission of Qatar to Germany and non-resident to Lithuania. http://www.qatarembassy.be http://brussels.embassy.qa/en/news/detail/2017/03/08/he-presents-his-letters-of-credentials https://www.parlament.gv.at/PAKT/EU/XXV/EU/13/08/EU_130888/imfname_10690707.pdf   Republic of Peru: HE Ambassador…

Commonwealth Day 2017

Mar 14, 2017

Ambassador Alison Rose (UK to Belgium) – Picture by British Embassy to Belgium Monday, 13 Monday 2017: 52 countries around the world marked the 40th Commonwealth Day fêted every second Monday in March. HM Queen Elizabeth II as Head of the Commonwealth comprising around 2,4 billion citizens around the globe, as well as the Secretary General of the Commonwealth Office, The Rt Hon Baroness Patricia Scotland of Asthal issued statements marking the day. In Belgium, Her Britannic Majesty’s Ambassador Alison Rose issued a message in both Dutch and French reading: “We zijn bewust van het werk van het Agentschap van het Gemenebest…

Heads of missions to Luxembourg accredited

Mar 14, 2017

On the picture Ambassador Jaya Ratnam, Singapore to the Benelux countries and the EU. © 2017 Grand Ducal Court, Charles Caratani, All rights reserved. Republic of Singapore: HE Ambassador Jaya Ratnam presented credentials to HRH The Grand Duke of Luxembourg on Wednesday, 25 January 2017 at the Grand Ducal Palace in Luxembourg City.  Ambassador Ratnam is based in Brussels. Prior to the ambassadorships covering the three Benelux countries, the EU and the OPCW, he was High Commissioner of Singapore to the State of Brunei Darussalam between 2012 and 2016. http://www.mfa.gov.sg/brussels Holy See: Accredited on Thursday, 2 March 2017 at the Grand Ducal Palace…

The closure of Romania’s Chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance

Mar 13, 2017

On the picture the ambassador of Romania H.E. Brânduşa Predescu. By Sheila Turabaz. On the 2nd of March, the Embassy of Romania organized a conference entitled “The Jews from Romania in the European Context: Similarities and Differences”, on the occasion of the closure of Romania’s Chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). The IHRA is an intergovernmental organization founded in 1998 with the objective of attracting support from political and social leaders for expanding and improvement of Holocaust education, remembrance and research. The IHRA currently has 31 member countries and eleven observer countries and has an annually rotating chairmanship….

Accredited ambassadors to the EU

Mar 13, 2017

On the picture Ambassador Jasem bin Mohammed Al Budaiwi and President Donald Tusk. By Henri Estramant. State of Kuwait to the EU: HE Ambassador Jasem bin Mohamed Al Budaiwi, who was previously head of mission to the Republic of Korea (South Korea), presented credentials on Wednesday, 22 February 2017 before the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk.  https://www.parlament.gv.at/PAKT/EU/XXV/EU/12/17/EU_121787/imfname_10669339.pdf    Republic of Korea to the EU: HE Ambassador Kim Hyoung-zhin was accredited on 22 February 2017. Before his post in Brussels Ambassador Hyoung-zhin was Deputy Minister for Political Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Korea.  http://bel.mofa.go.kr/english/eu/bel/main/index.jsp   Federation of Malaysia to the EU: HE…

Donald Tusk gets second term as EC President

Mar 13, 2017

9 March 2017, Brussels: Donald Tusk was re-appointed for a second term as president of the European Council (Consilium), one of the EU’s governing bodies, despite objections from the government of his own country, Poland, that had created an unprecedented confrontation in Brussels. It was the first time such a decision was made without unanimity since the position was created in 2009. The council sets the leaders’ agenda; President Tusk is  expected to forge compromise amongst its fractious membership during a two-and-a-half-year term. President Tusk acknowledged the “unusual circumstances” created by the opposition of his own nation and offered the government in Warsaw an olive branch by…

The Latin American Table takes to the sky

Mar 8, 2017

By Roy Lie A Tjam. The organizing committee of the Latin American Table made up by Sonia de Meijer (chair) and Mr. Jorge E. Colombo Taricco (vice-chair), invited friends and interested persons to a lecture by Mr. Pieter Groeneveld who is the vice–president Network of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. Pieter Groeneveld is also an alumnus of Erasmus University and holds a Master in Business Economics which he obtained in 1995. For additional Kim Vermaat’s pictures, please open the following link:https://www.flickr.com/photos/121611753@N07/albums/72157678861444042 After a short period working in procurement for Royal Dutch Shell, he joined KLM in 1997. His first assignment was to…

68th Republic Day of India in Brussels

Mar 8, 2017

Book, India- EU Fifty years & more of Diplomatic Relations, Ten years plus of Strategic Partnership. At the chancery of the Indian Missions based in Brussels and accredited to the European Union, the Kingdom of Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, HE Ambassador Manjeev Singh Puri, hosted a reception on Thursday, 26 January,  for dignitaries hailing from the European institutions, Belgian and Luxembourgian authorities as well as highly standing members of the Indian community in Belgium and Luxembourg.   This year’s reception was unique because India and Belgium are celebrating 70 years of diplomatic ties in 2017. In fact, the only…

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Terrorism prevention in a globalised world

By HRH Princess Basmah bint Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia. These are trying times – times when you would think that diplomacy might be the strongest currency we have to meet the price of peace.  Examples of divisive social pressure are all around, whether it is the waves of migration from south to north, the continued conflict in many parts of the Middle East, the election of Donald Trump, or Brexit. Communities are at breaking point, and countries are divided with trust levels among erstwhile united populations at historically low points. The signs of reconciliation are few. Yet…

Culture as a binding factor in our society, interview with Camilla Habsburg-Lothringen

By Djoeke Altena, an interview with Princess Camilla Habsburg-Lothringen. “We need culture to know where we came from”, says her Imperial and Royal Highness Archduchess of Austria and Princess of Tuscany Camilla Habsburg-Lothringen. “At a time when society is complaining, is frustrated and not making the best of what we have, there we need culture. The cultural field enables us to build up dialogues better and faster than administrations can.” Contributing to a better world is why the descendant of the Habsburg house that traces its roots back to Holy Roman Emperor Francis I and Empress Maria Therese of Austria…

Big data and the Future of Democracy: The Matrix world behind the Brexit and the US Elections

Picture Michal Kosinski. Courtesy of Kosinski. By Hannes Grassegger and Mikael Krogerus. Aegean theatre of the Antique Greece was the place of astonishing revelations and intellectual excellence – a remarkable density and proximity, not surpassed up to our age. All we know about science, philosophy, sports, arts, culture and entertainment, stars and earth has been postulated, explored and examined then and there. Simply, it was a time and place of triumph of human consciousness, pure reasoning and sparkling thought. However, neither Euclid, Anaximander, Heraclites, Hippocrates (both of Chios, and of Cos), Socrates, Archimedes, Ptolemy, Democritus, Plato, Pythagoras, Diogenes, Aristotle, Empedocles,…

A national security strategy for the Netherlands?

By Barend ter Haar. The centerpiece of Dutch foreign policy has been to promote an international order composed of security alliances, international institutions, and economic openness. The Netherlands chose to define its national interests broadly, not narrowly, and to help build and maintain this order out of a conviction that it both served its long-term interests and the interests of most other states. In 2017, for the first time, the Dutch people might give most votes to a politician who is highly critical of this international order. Foreign policy was not the dominant issue in the election but the popularity…

Diplomat Magazine Military Diplomacy

Pictured Mayor General Air Force Chief, Payan Diaz, Lt. General, Rubén Dario Paulino Sem, Minister of Defense of the Dominican Republic and Dr Eugenio Matos Gomez. San Isidro Air Force Base- Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic- Diplomat Magazine’s co-founder, Dr Eugenio Matos Gomez, received the highest Air Force distinction from Lt. General Rubén Dario Paulino Sem, Minister of Defense of the Dominican Republic, during a military parade held on February 15th, 2017 in San Isidro Air Force Base in Santo Domingo. Mr. Matos, an academic career diplomat and legal alumni from the University of Ottawa, Canada, is the first Dominican skydiving…

Dutch elections on March 15th

By Jhr. Alexander W. Beelaerts van Blokland LL.M. On Wednesday March 15th 2017 the Dutch will elect a new Parliament, for the first time since 2012. In the recent weeks many foreign diplomats, judges and other expats frequently asked me about it. I noticed a lot of misunderstandings about these elections. I will mention some of them now. No, the Dutch do not elect both parts of our parliament, but only the 150 members of the House of Representatives (the so called ‘Tweede Kamer’, the Second Chamber). The Senate (the so called ‘Eerste Kamer’, the First Chamber) will be elected…

Multiculturalism is dead? Not quite yet

Multiculturalism is dead? Not quite yet. Recalibrate expectations and travel beyond Europe.   By Alessio Stilo.   Multicultural approaches and policies vary widely all over the world, ranging from the advocacy of equal respect to the various cultures in a society, to a policy of promoting the maintenance of cultural diversity, to policies in which people of various ethnic and religious groups are addressed by the authorities as defined by the group to which they belong. Two different strategies, as recently pointed out by Ms. Camilla Habsburg-Lothringen, have been developed through different government policies and strategies: The first, often labelled…

The power engine behind the SDGs

By Nika Salvetti and André Nijhof.   It is remarkable to see how fast the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has become a common language for governments, corporates and not for profit organizations. This agenda was adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at the United Nations. For example the photo illustrates how two people from a public and a private company pose for the 17 SDGs with “Sierra Leone and the World want to achieve these 17 goals by 2030” on top. Before we had the Millennium Development Goals. In 15 years they never had such an impact on…

Corneliu Pivariu. Photographer: Ionus Paraschiv.

The USA – Europe Trans-Atlantic Partnership

By Corneliu Pivariu. At the end of the first decade of this February, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, paid an official visit to the USA where she had multiple meetings with important political personalities of the new Administration, the Secretary of State Rex Tillerson included. She was also invited to the Atlantic Council on 10th of February where she had an extended public debate particularly on the prospects of the UE-USA relationship after the inauguration of the new Administration in Washington. The assertion according to which the new Donald Trump…

Donald Trump, Nuclear Issue and Nuclear War

By Markus Wauran. There were so many controversial statements made by Donald Trump during the United States Presidential Election, which makes many parties underestimated Trump’s chance to victory towards the White House. One of Trump’s controversial statements was during an exclusive interview with the New York Times on Sunday, 20 March 2016. Trump said if he is elected as US President, he would be open to Japan and South Korea producing their nuclear deterrent. They should not always be depending on the US military to protect themselves from North Korea and China. The US military would not be able to…

Tunisia 2020: Great expectations

Tunisia has held yearly investment conferences since the revolution to promote its role as regional hub. Source: Magharebia. By Christiaan Duinmaijer, CEO Assarwa – MENA Business Consultants. Cradle of the Arab Spring, winner of the Nobel Peace Price and international investment destination. Tunisia was praised for its many successes over the last few years, but the road to success is a difficult one as His Excellency Elyes Ghariani, Ambassador of Tunisia in the Netherlands, and Mokhtar Chouari, General Delegate of the FIPA for the Benelux, can attest. It all started with the 2010 Jasmine revolution when Tunisians took to the…

From Bangkok to The Hague, what do diplomats do in their free time?

Mr Nissana Thaveepanit, Minister Counsellor for Commerce, Royal Thai Embassy and his family. By Roy Lie A Tjam. Having had the pleasure of meeting with the Minister Counsellor for Commerce at the Royal Thai Embassy in The Hague, Mr Nissana Thaveepanit, on several occasions, Diplomat Magazine Editor Roy Lie-A-Tjam took the opportunity to find out more about what diplomats do with their leisure time when serving abroad. A diplomat’s job As head of the Thai Trade Centre, the Minister Counsellor has a close relationship with his team. Together they oversee Thailand’s trade interests in the Netherlands and are responsible for…

The Empire Strikes Back

By Tomislav Jakić. When more than a month ago Donald John Trump took over as President of the USA, there were – not many though – reasonable, cold analysts who, basing on his pre-election statements, predicted that a man who is going to wage war against the establishment (the empire) is entering a conflict with a very uncertain result. Some of them even did not hesitate to say that Trump is bound to lose this battle. Judging by what is happening now, those who spoke about a war with uncertain result were completely right and those who predicted Trump’s defeat…

The Dutch ball from friend for friends

By Duke Michael of Mecklenburg. The Tulips Ball is not far away. On March 31st the ball commences its third edition with more than 15 nationalities and over 140 guests. This year the Tulips Ball Committee hopes to also serve the Diplomatic Community in the Kingdom of the Netherlands showcasing a traditional Dutch ball having a young twist programme for an international audience. The agenda includes the Nederlands Studenten Orkest and the Dutch Student Orchestra. Mahler and the violin concert of Takemitsu will be followed by a waltz by Strauss. “A ball as such is a new experience for us,…

Unique K. from ‘K und K’

“Schmelztiegel Wien” – this is a term usually used in the socio-cultural studies to describe the capital of a vast Habsbourg empire, today’s seat of the Republic of Austria, Vienna. Inspired by the past and present meanings of its colours shapes rhythms and ambient, trying to capture a glimpse of everlasting cultural fusions, walking a grace of tradition and charm of modernity in one leap, ethnomusicologist and designer Sofi B., with her collection‚ Unique K by Sofi B.‘ for the Vienna Fabric & Design, is illustrating this jewel of central Europe – historical city of Vienna. Each and every item…

New Challenges for the Hague Institute for Global Justice

By Steven van Hoogstraten, Hague Institute for Global Justice, CEO ad interim. The Hague Institute for Global Justice has turned a corner by 1 January 2017. Not only was this the end of a first period of 5 years, it also marked the return of its first President Dr Abi Williams to the USA after he completed his term of 4 years at the Institute. Dr Williams has been of enormous importance for the launching phase of the institute, and deserves all credit for his great efforts and competence to give the Hague Institute a positive name in the world….