The opening of the Dutch-German Forum

“The bilateral relations are a determining factor in order to maintain the European Union.“

The presidents of the German and the Dutch board Rita Süssmuth and Jan-Peter Balkenende opened the Dutch-German Forum 2017 in Berlin, emphasizing that good Dutch-German relations are indispensable.

And even though both Balkenende and Süssmuth agree that the two neighbouring countries already foster warm and close relations, it is exactly for this reason that a constructive dialogue is needed.

In times that achieving the goal of a better and ‘more beautiful’ Europe, as Balkenende put it, is at stake, Germany and the Netherlands need each other even more.

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