Bernard Bot

In 2013, Bernard Bot, former minister of foreign affairs of the Netherlands (2003-2007) introduced former president of South Africa F.W. de Klerk i and professor Karel van Wolferen i at the 12th Europe Lecture. The theme of this lecture was 'Europe in the World' i.

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Bernard Bot

Ben Bot

Bernard Bot (1937) is an experienced diplomat who became minister of foreign affairs in 2003 in the Balkenende II cabinet. He is the son of civil servant, diplomat and former minister Theo Bot. In his childhood Ben Bot was imprisoned in a Japanese internment camp during World War II.

As a diplomat Bot occupied various posts, including serving as the permanent representative at the EU for over a decade. He was also secretary-general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Previous speakers

Year

Speaker

Moderator

Theme

2014

Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga i

Jonathan Holslag i

Tom de Bruijn i

Peace and Security i

2013

F.W. de Klerk i

Karel van Wolferen i

Bernard Bot i

Europe in the World i

2010

Herman van Rompuy i

Frans Timmermans i

Europa 2030

2009

Jan Peter Balkenende i

Jacek Saryusz-Wolksi i

Europa: een unieke geschiedenis, een unieke toekomst i

2001

Javier Solana i

Dick Benschop i

Enlargement of European Union: Opportunity of Threat? i

2000

Gerhard Aigner i

Margo Vliegenthart i

EURO 2000 and the Social Significance of Sport i

1999

Hans Tietmeyer i

Nout Wellink i

The Euro: The New Common Currency i

1998

Jan Hoet i

Rudi Fuchs i

Beeldende kunst in Europa i

1997

Mary Robinson i

Wim Kok i

Europe, the Need for Self-Reflection i

1996

Richard Goldstone i

Maarten van Traa i

Human Rights, Peace and Justice in Europe i

1995

Raymond Kendall i

Arthur Doctors van Leeuwen i

Law Enforcement in Europe i

1994

Lord Peter Carrington i

Berend-Jan van Voorst tot Voorst i

Peace and Security in Europe i

1993

Jacques Attali i

Wim Duisenberg i

The Costs of European Reconstruction i