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By Ben Knapen, Gera Arts, Yvonne Kleistra, Martijn Klem, Marijke Rem

Because of the fast upward thrust of globalization, the Netherlands hasn't ever been extra politically, socially, and economically attached to different international locations. to handle this improvement, the clinical Council for presidency coverage is delivering new reflections on Dutch international coverage during this document. crucial feedback comprise extra governmental transparency, clever use of nongovernmental businesses, and adapting govt buildings to use the Netherlands’ place inside Europe.

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Thirdly, niches are an important source of influence and power on the world stage. A country that is devoting much of its knowledge, attention, and budgets to an exclusive theme, it is felt, will make itself from fragmentation to strategy 51 invaluable in this area. This central position and its attendant status can then be used by a country as a stake in negotiations with other states, even if these negotiations concern an area other than that in which the country is taking pride of place (Cooper 1997).

The third and last question is all about ability, capacity, and strength: where do we have the possibility and potential to exert an influence? Where do we matter? There are several factors that are important and that influence the Netherlands. We must make a distinction between, on the one hand, factors that are important, influence us, and can be influenced by ourselves, and, on the other, factors that we cannot change or that do not represent a vital interest for us (cf. Rochon 1999). The memorandum Maak ruimte voor klimaat (Making Space for Climate) (Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment et al.

3 Where can the Netherlands make a difference? 44 attached to the world Questions 1 and 3 are in line with the priority principle used by Norway to guide its foreign policy during the Refleks project, a large-scale reflection on Norway’s foreign policy (Lunde and Thune et al. 2008; cf. Russett, Starr and Kinsella 2006: 21-23). As the Netherlands is an eu Member State and is party to treaties with a great many international organisations, we have added question 2. 1). ’ If issues concern the Netherlands alone, they come under ‘Narrow interests’ on the left-hand side.

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