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067 Istanbul–Ambassadeurs-conferentie 2017–Istanbul

Deze zaterdag vertrek ik naar Nederland: jaarlijkse ambassadeursconferentie en werkbezoeken. Ik kijk er zoals altijd naar uit, juist met de veelheid aan media, de videoconferenties en de overvolle inbakken is het essentieel om de klokken gelijk te zetten en waar nodig de temperatuur van de Nederlandse politiek en samenleving aan den lijve te voelen. We […]

Karagoz and Hacivat

058 Humor (and politics)

Jokes, humor and satire: essential in order to cope with life. How would Soviet citizens for example have survived their darkest years without great satire? Humor relieves tension, jokes can contain harsh messages, but in a more pleasant wrapping and therefore more acceptable (as many managers know). Turkey has a long tradition of cartoons and […]

Sustainable-supply-chain

057 Contributing to a just world/elimination of extreme poverty

Sustainable Development Goals, the post 2015 development agenda, involvement of companies, John Ruggie, UN and where Turkey and The Netherlands team up.   Why does a person have a job, why do we want/need to earn money? Paying one’s mortgage, taking care of one’s loved ones and/or self-development, all worthwhile reasons. One could also use […]

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049. The Chapel at the Dutch Consulate General in Istanbul: a place of work and worship

Strolling down the busy Istikal Caddesi, as every day 1-2 million people do, you might not notice a small chapel hidden behind the walls of the Dutch Consulate General, part of the intriguing history of Istanbul, city of Romans, Byzantines, Crusaders and Ottomans. This beautiful chapel on the Consulate grounds is not only a church, […]

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032. Herring and flowers: typically Turkish

What I like most about my travels and work abroad is that appearances, perceptions and reality are different from what one expects; they change the more when one travels and opens up. The best herring in the Netherland is sold by a Turkish/Dutch company, the Turkish tulip is considered to be Dutch, and Dutch plants […]

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027. “Meet the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs” in Istanbul

A group of thirty students ‘Office Management’ from Rotterdam enters the 18th century church of the Dutch Consulate in Istanbul. Slightly intimidated by the beauty of this ‘house of worship’, the group seems shy at first. As I am on a business trip this time they are received by Jeroen Gankema (head of the Press […]