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The Ambassador, My Neighbour

The Ambassador My Neighbor : See the EU Ambassadors in a different light

We introduce each of them as “His/Her Excellency”, but the European Union Ambassadors are people who have a close connection to us. In these videos, they put aside their roles as heads of diplomatic missions in Turkey to talk about their favorite hobbies.
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The Ambassador to the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey has become an expert cook with the help of his wife. 

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Slovenia’s Ambassador Igor Jukic loves to feed the ducks Ankara simit at Lake Eymir.

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Slovakia’s Ambassador Anna Turenicova likes to entertain Turkish friends at her home.

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You might catch a glimpse of Romania’s Ambassador Gabriel Catalin Sopanoa taking photos at Ankara Castle, which he visits frequently.

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Portugal’s Ambassador Paula Leal Da Silva says that it is an honor to be able to experience Turkey’s rich artistic heritage.

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Poland’s Ambassador Maciej Lang learned Turkish immediately upon his arrival. He tries to get to know people more intimately by speaking the Turkish language.

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Malta’s Ambassador Carmel Vassallo says that there are many different aspects to our shared culture that have yet to be discovered.

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Hungary’s Ambassador Gabor Kiss’ biggest hobby is learning about Turkey’s carpet-making culture. He thoroughly enjoys the coffee served at carpet shops.

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Luxembourg’s Ambassador Georges Faber unwinds by enjoying a glass of ayran with his Turkish friends after a tennis match.

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Lithuania’s Ambassador Audrius Bruzga thinks of Turkey as a bridge between Europe and Asia. That’s why he will be running in this year’s Istanbul marathon.

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Italy’s Ambassador Luigi Mattiolo thinks that music is a valuable asset in understanding other cultures.

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Sweden’s Ambassador Annika-Mollin Hellgrin says that you can understand anything once you understand Nazim Hikmet’s poem, “On Life.” She grew up gazing at the Bosphorus. Upon her return to Turkey 44 years later, she is working very hard to learn the Turkish language.

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Ireland’s Ambassador Brendan Ward says that Ankara Castle reflects Turkey’s diverse history and culture. He is delighted to see people feeding stray animals there.

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Dutch Ambassador Marjanne de Kwaasteniet talks about how special the Ankara painting on loan from the Rijks museum is. She enjoys using the soft mohair from Ankara’s goats for various purposes.

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France’s Ambassador Charles Fries feels that music has the power to build bridges between cultures and enrich them.

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While living in Ankara, Estonia’s Ambassador Marin Motus discovered the beauty of Ankara’s mountains and frequently goes on nature walks with friends.

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Denmark’s Ambassador Svend Olling is a massive fan of Turkey’s rich history. He is very animated as he explains how 4,000-year-old tablet inscriptions at the museum established the basis of modern free trade agreements.

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The United Kingdom’s Ambassador Dominick Chilcott believes that tea culture has the power to unite the two countries. He frequently has people over for tea to start and develop new friendships.

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Belgium’s Ambassador Michel Malherbe loves Jules, a dog he adopted after arriving in Turkey. He says that we are protecting animals together.

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Germany’s Ambassador Martin Erdmann’s favorite destination to visit on his motorcycle is Cappadocia. He feels it is easier to communicate with people while touring on his motorcycle.