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047. World Press Photo: a partner in Dutch human rights policy

Who doesn’t know the picture of a man standing in front of a tank at the Tiananmen Square or the one showing a little girl running away after a napalm attack in Vietnam? Both of these photos where once winning contributions at the annual World Press Photo contest. World Press Photo is a Dutch non-profit […]

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044. Warships sailing the Turkish straits: international law at work

The Black Sea is of crucial economic and strategic importance for its littoral states and so are of course the Turkish straits (Bosporus and the Dardanelles). Day in day out, year in year out, they remain open for traffic, connecting the Black Sea with the Mediterranean Sea and from there to the rest of the […]

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037. IDAHOT in Istanbul

When the first Dutch ambassador in Constantinople arrived in 1612 he had a double assignment: to sign economic treaties and to free Christian slaves. Working like me for the Dutch foreign ministry in 21st century, it is reassuring that these two main pillars of our foreign policy have remained the same during all these centuries: […]

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035. 4th of May commemoration in Istanbul

‘The secret of happiness is freedom – the secret of freedom is courage’  (Thucydides)  ‘I know how it feels to be deprived of liberty. Therefore I will, as long as I live, commemorate our liberators. We need to pass on the hard lessons we have learned from the history to our children and grandchildren,’ Joop […]

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029. Women’s rights in Turkey

8th March, International Women’s day. In many countries this means a lot of chocolate and expensive (Dutch) roses. A bit like Valentine’s day, but then for colleagues. In other countries however 8th March has become more important over the years, leading to intense social and political discussions concerning women’s rights. Turkey is one of these […]

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023. Hashtag #Rights365

“Dear guests, my staff asked me to kindly require you to use the following hashtag: #rights365”.  No one looked surprised, most notted it down and used it for their tweets on the 10th December international human rights day seminar at the Dutch Consulate in Istanbul. Amazing how in just a few years social media got […]

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006. Positive about the year ahead

End of the year, 2014 around the corner. Looking through my office window and wonder why I did not join my visiting house guest, who is now roaming around beautiful Istanbul. The sky is blue; it is sunny and 13 degrees. Do not be mistaken, the weather is not always like this, even not in […]

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003. Investing in Human Capital

Almost 11,000 euro per capita; anno 2013 Turkey has become a middle-income country, thanks to a decade of high economic growth and structural reforms. An impressive development. A frequently asked question is whether Turkey will succeed to avoid the so-called ‘middle-income trap’. Will Turkey continue to grow and become one of the largest economies in […]

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001. Introduction Blog

Since August 2013 I started as Consul-General in Istanbul. In the coming four years I will regularly write blogs about Turkey; mainly regarding economic subjects, although at times political and social matters will also be discussed. After all Turkey is a socially and politically very dynamic country. My objective is not only to provide information […]