Germany–Netherlands relations

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German–Dutch relations
Map indicating locations of Germany and Netherlands

Germany

Netherlands
Diplomatic Mission
Embassy of Germany, The Hague Embassy of the Netherlands, Berlin
Envoy
Ambassador Franz Josef Kremp[1] Ambassador Monique van Daalen[2]
German embassy in The Hague, the Netherlands.

German–Dutch relations refer to interstate relations between Germany and the Netherlands. Relations started after 1871.

History[edit]

During World War I, the German army refrained from attacking the Netherlands, and thus relations between the two states were preserved. At war's end in 1918, the former Kaiser Wilhelm II fled to the Netherlands, where he lived till his death in 1941. The German army occupied the Netherlands during World War II and kept the country under occupation in 1940–1945.

Present[edit]

Germany has an embassy in The Hague and consuls in Amsterdam, Arnhem, Eindhoven, Enschede, Groningen, Leeuwarden, Maastricht, Noord-Beveland, Rotterdam, while the Netherlands has an embassy in Berlin and consuls in Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich and Stuttgart. Both nations are members of the European Union and NATO.

According to the official website of the Dutch government, relations between the two are currently "excellent", enjoying "close political, economic, social, cultural, administrative and personal ties". Germany is also by far the Netherlands’ main trading partner, both in imports and exports.[3]

Emigration[edit]

Around 164,000 Dutch people currently reside in Germany.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ambassadeur (in Dutch), Embassy of Germany, The Hague. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  2. ^ Ambassadeur (in Dutch), Embassy of the Netherlands, Berlin. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  3. ^ [https://www.government.nl/topics/international-relations/contents/germany