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.

Ministers check out Europe’s eastern border

Last week, Minister of Defence Bijleveld-Schouten and Wopke Hoekstra (Minister of Finance) visited Dutch military personnel taking part in NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence in Lithuania. NATO’s deployment in Lithuania is sending a clear signal to Russia.