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'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...
Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure
From 26 June to 8 September the National Gallery presents a captivating exhibition exploring the concept of music as one the most popular motifs in Dutch painting, and as a daily pastime of the elite in the northern Netherlands during the 17th century. The exhibition aims to enhance viewers’ appreciation of some of the most beautiful and evocative paintings by Johannes Vermeer and his contemporaries, by juxtaposing them with musical instruments and songbooks of the period. Read more...
'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.
Would an oath contribute to the moral awareness of bankers? Would bankers be prepared to take fewer risks if they would have more job security? What should a ‘fair’ rewarding system look like? Are the bonuses the main cause of the financial crisis?
Dutch PM and VVD leader Mark Rutte gave the annual Isaiah Berlin lecture on Europe and trade at the National Liberal Club in London yesterday. He talked about liberal values and the future challenges facing the EU and the internal market.
Active lobbying by the Dutch government resulted in € 827 million in foreign investment for the Dutch economy in the first six months of this year. Together these investments are good for 4,332 extra jobs. Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs announced this on 30 September 2013 during the opening of the new global research centre ‘Nutricia Research’ in Utrecht, part of the French company Danone.
The Design Fund supports the acquisition of contemporary design objects to benefit the V&A Museum. This year, Dutch studio Makkink & Bey's 'Ear Chairs' are one of five contemporary art design projects to be acquired by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
In the coming years the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will face far-reaching cuts, with its budget to be reduced by a quarter by 2018. The first steps towards that goal will be taken in the year ahead.
August and September see the kick-off of international celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Peace Palace in The Hague. Seen throughout the world as a symbol of peace and justice, the historic building is home to the International Court of Justice, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the Hague Academy of International Law and the Carnegie Foundation.
His Majesty the King announces with deep regret that His Royal Highness Prince Johan Friso Bernhard Christiaan David, Prins van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkheer van Amsberg passed away this morning at Palace Huis ten Bosch in the Hague at age 44.