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Highlight: 'Game of Thrones' speech at Google Zeitgeist

On 20 May, Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Frans Timmermans speeched at Google Zeitgeist in London. He said: ‘Just about four years ago, my son Mark said I should start reading fantasy novels. Now, I like reading, but fantasy was not on my screen. But since he had previously introduced me to the brilliance of some music I didn't know before, I thought I might take him up on this. You know, if Bob Dylan turns out to be brilliant, I didn't know that but my son did. Perhaps some of these novels might be nice. And he introduced me to a series written by an American author called George R.R. Martin, "Game of Thrones," now a series on HBO. And I want to use Game of Thrones in my lecture today because Game of Thrones sort of captures the Zeitgeist more than anything else I've seen. It's the perfect metaphor for where we stand as a society. It is confusing.' Read more...

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1 Voting for the European Elections 2014

The elections to the European Parliament will take place in both the UK and the Netherlands on Thursday 22 May 2014. British citizens living in the UK can vote for a British MEP in the European elections, provided they are registered to vote.

2 The Netherlands reports record results in jobs created with NFIA support in 2013

LONDON, March 20, 2014 -- The Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA) supported the attraction of a record 193 foreign investment projects, representing nearly 8,500 jobs and the planned investment of €1.7 billion (£1.42 billion), a 60% increase compared to NFIA results from 2012. The record results show the continuing strength and attractiveness of the climate for foreign investors in the Netherlands.

3 Dutch PM Mark Rutte on Nuclear Security Summit 2014

Prime Minister Mark Rutte has 'high hopes that the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material will enter into force this year'. This was his message in an extensive video address on the importance of the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS 2014), to be held in The Hague on 24 and 25 March 2014.

4 A strong Europe with the right priorities

Today the German ‘Handelsblatt’ published an article on the future organization of the European Union: ‘Mehr Europa wagen’. It’s a piece by the German minister of Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his Dutch colleague Frans Timmermans. Both ministers call on the 28 member states to give a joint message after the EP elections about the political priorities of a more focused Union. Only a European Union making smart priorities and showing more solidarity can handle the enormous challenges we face.

5 New passports and ID cards for adults valid for 10 years

As of 9 March 2014, new passports and identity cards for adults will be valid for 10 years. Documents for minors under the age of 18 will remain valid for five years, as before. The new fees for travel documents and ID cards will take effect on the same date.

6 European Parliamentary Elections 2014: voting by Dutch nationals abroad

Dutch nationals living outside the Netherlands, on a temporary basis or otherwise, and wishing to cast their votes for Dutch representatives in the 2014 European Parliamentary elections must register as voter by 10 April 2014.

7 Dutch ambassadors back home for a few days

All Dutch ambassadors, consuls-general and permanent representatives to international organisations are in The Hague this week to synchronise their thinking on Dutch diplomacy. During the Ambassadors’ Conference, they can reinforce their ties with politicians, businesses and civil society organisations in the Netherlands.

8 Longer processing times for travel document applications in January 2014

If you wish to apply for a Dutch passport or identity card during the first 3 weeks of January, you should take into account that processing times may be longer than usual. Also, appointment availability will be limited.

9 Read the features on the Dutch workforce and quality of life

The newest hardcopy newsletter of the NFIA UK & Ireland brings interesting in-depth articles on the fast-track Orange Carpet Visa Facility, the strength of the Dutch workforce and the latest success stories of companies setting up in The Netherlands.

10 Great respect and deep sympathy on the passing of Nelson Mandela

'There are no words for this moment; we can only look back with gratitude,' said Prime Minister Mark Rutte on hearing the news that Nelson Mandela has died.