New Dutch defence minister faces major challenges

26 October 2017

Ank Bijleveld officially became minister of defence of the Netherlands on 26 October 2017. On the website of the Dutch government, the Christian Democrat said she wants to restore trust in the Dutch armed forces within the ranks and with the public, and that an additional EUR1.5 billion (USD1.2 billion) a year is therefore being invested in defence. She underlined the importance of defence, pointing out that it is on the first page of the agreement between the four parties forming the governing coalition.

Bijleveld replaces caretaker defence minister Klaas Dijkhoff, who served only three weeks following the resignation of Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert over the death of two Dutch soldiers and serious injury of a third in Mali in July 2016.

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