A look at the Defence news 4 - 10 March
Will there be an Elfstedentocht (Eleven Cities Tour) this year? Minister of Defence Ank Bijleveld-Schouten used this question to introduce the ancient Dutch skating phenomenon to her audience. She was speaking at Chatham House in London, a think tank on international affairs. The story of this gruelling challenge was the starting point for her impassioned plea in favour of European unity and cooperation.