The webpage of the Netherlands government reports citing the throne speech of King Willem-Alexander:
- The terrorist threat is not an isolated problem but a direct consequence of the rise of jihadist groups in Syria, Iraq and other countries in the Middle East and North Africa. In addition, the arc of instability around Europe has grown in the past year with Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Other conflict hotspots also pose a threat to the international legal order, for example in Mali, Yemen and Afghanistan. These developments affect our security and freedom both directly and indirectly., said the King.
Willem-Alexander also said that security and migration are two key international issues defining the Netherlands’ foreign policy.