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Hanke Bruins Slot

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Hanke Bruins Slot
Bruins Slot in 2023
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
5 September 2023 – 2 July 2024
Prime MinisterMark Rutte
Preceded byLiesje Schreinemacher (acting)
Succeeded byCaspar Veldkamp
Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations
In office
10 January 2022 – 5 September 2023
Prime MinisterMark Rutte
Preceded byKajsa Ollongren
Succeeded byHugo de Jonge
Member of the Provincial Executive of Utrecht
In office
5 June 2019 – 10 January 2022
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
17 June 2010 – 4 June 2019
Personal details
Hanke Gerdina Johannette Bruins Slot

(1977-10-20) 20 October 1977 (age 46)
Apeldoorn, Netherlands
Political partyChristian Democratic Appeal
(m. 2019)
Military service
Allegiance Kingdom of the Netherlands
Branch/service Royal Netherlands Army
Years of service2007–2010
Battles/wars2001–2021 Afghanistan war

Hanke Gerdina Johannette Bruins Slot (born 20 October 1977) is a Dutch politician and military veteran who served as Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations from 2022 to 2023,[1] and as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2023 until 2024.[2]

Early career[edit]

Prior to her political career, Bruins Slot served in the Royal Netherlands Army; she was deployed to Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan.[3] In 2010, she was conferred the rank of artillery captain.

Political career[edit]

Bruins Slot meets with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Brussels, 28 November 2023
Hanke Bruins Slot meets with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in December 2023.

A member of the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA), Bruins Slot served in the House of Representatives from 2010 to 2019. She focused her work as a parliamentarian on matters of defence personnel, local government, healthcare science, medical law, psychiatry and sports.

From 2019 to 2022, Bruins Slot was a member of the provincial executive of Utrecht, in which she was in charge of nature, agriculture, soil and water, sport and governance.[4]

In February 2024, she stated that Israel's planned assault on Rafah was "unjustifiable".[5]

In April 2024 the European Commission co-hosted a conference on "restoring justice for Ukraine" in The Hague. Significant contributors were Slot as the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dmytro Kuleba and the Commissioner for Justice, Didier Reynders.[6]

In May 2024, Bruins Slot said that the Netherlands would not object if Ukraine used Dutch-supplied F-16 fighters to strike targets inside Russia.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Slot was born in Apeldoorn and grew up in Winsum, Zeewolde, and Ridderkerk. She is married. Her father, grandfather and uncle have all been mayors.[8][9]



  1. ^ "Utrechtse gedeputeerde Hanke Bruins Slot voorgedragen als nieuwe minister van Binnenlandse Zaken", Algemeen Dagblad (in Dutch), 2 January 2022.
  2. ^ Stephanie van den Berg (4 September 2023), Dutch Interior Minister Bruins Slot set for foreign ministry Reuters.
  3. ^ Stephanie van den Berg (4 September 2023), Dutch Interior Minister Bruins Slot set for foreign ministry Reuters.
  4. ^ Gedeputeerde Hanke Bruins Slot (CDA) Archived 11 January 2022 at the Wayback Machine, provincie-utrecht.nl (in Dutch).
  5. ^ "Israeli offensive in Rafah would be 'unjustifiable': Dutch minister". Al Jazeera. 10 February 2024. Archived from the original on 10 February 2024.
  6. ^ "Commission co-hosts international conference on restoring justice for Ukraine in The Hague - European Commission". neighbourhood-enlargement.ec.europa.eu. Retrieved 3 April 2024.
  7. ^ "NATO chief reiterates Ukraine's right to strike 'legitimate military targets' inside Russia". Anadolu Agency. 31 May 2024.
  8. ^ "Hanke Bruins Slot nieuwe minister BZK". Het Nederlands Genootschap van Burgemeesters (in Dutch). Retrieved 25 February 2024.
  9. ^ "Hanke Bruins Slot". CDA (in Dutch). Retrieved 25 February 2024.
  10. ^ "Real Decreto 377/2024, de 9 de abril, por el que se concede la Gran Cruz de la Orden del Mérito Civil a las personalidades neerlandesas que se citan" [Royal Decree 377/2024, of April 9, by which the Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit is awarded to the Dutch personalities mentioned.] (in Spanish). 9 April 2024.

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Political offices
Preceded by Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by