PUNE: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s belief that the India-EU relationship has so far “underperformed” has found a ready echo amongst leaders of member nations of the European Union, all of whom are ready to discuss business and common concerns on the global geo-political front when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Brussels later this month. Speaking about the India-EU relationship, Marten van den Berg, Ambassador of the Netherlands to India, tells StratNews Global Opinion Editor Ashwin Ahmad that while he agrees that the relationship has “underperformed”, he believes that there will be a renowned commitment to the relationship under the new EU parliament and the new Modi 2.0 government. On the anti-CAA resolution, the Dutch envoy stated that this was a matter for the European parliament to vote on and did not echo the views of the European government, who believed that it was an internal matter of India. Coming to Jammu and Kashmir, he added that he, along with other envoys, were invited to go there by the government of India where he thought that all steps to bring it towards normalcy were being taken.
Traveller, bibliophile and wordsmith with a yen for international relations. A journalist and budding author of short fiction, life is a daily struggle to uncover the latest breaking story while attempting to be Hemingway in the self-same time. Focussed especially on Europe and West Asia, discussing Brexit, the Iran crisis and all matters related is a passion that endures to this day. Believes firmly that life without the written word is a life best not lived. That’s me, Ashwin Ahmad.