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This blog contains personal stories from ambassadors, consuls-general, permanent representatives and other diplomats. These stories provide a new and personal perspective on the ways the Netherlands is helping to promote global security, stability, the rule of law and human rights. The stories also give an insight into the fascinating world of the Dutch diplomat.

Bloggers are free to choose what they’re going to write about, what form their blog will take and what language it will be in. Some stories will appeal to a wide variety of people, while others will be more specific. Some are already published elsewhere, on personal blogs for instance, while others only appear here. Together, all these stories help to form a picture of the multifaceted work done by Dutch diplomats.



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Paul Frank
9 Jun 2014