guy verhofstadt

Guy Verhofstadt is a monument
in Belgian politics.

He made a name for himself as an impassioned party leader and served as the country’s prime minister for almost a decade. Since then, he has been fighting for a strong and united European Union.

As Belgium’s prime minister between 1999 and 2008, Guy Verhofstadt put in place major reforms in the areas of the economy as well as ethical issues. Since he was elected into the European Parliament in 2008, as the leader of the liberal group he has worked tirelessly for a decisive Europe, which assumes its rightful place in a world dominated by continents.

1979 – 1981
National leader Young PVV

1982 – 1982
National leader PVV (Partij voor Vrijheid en Vooruitgang or Party for Freedom and Progress)

1985 – 1988
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for the Budget and Scientific Research

1989 – 1992
National leader PVV

1992 – 1995
National leader VLD (Vlaamse Liberalen en Democraten or Flemish Liberals and Democrats, the follow-up name of the PVV as a party)

1997 – 1999
National leader VLD

1999 – 2008
Prime minister

2009 – 2009
Acting leader Open Vld (Open Vlaamse Liberalen en Democraten or Open Flemish Liberals and Democrats, follow-up name of the VLD as a party)

2009 – 2019
Group leader of the Liberals and Democrats at the European Parliament

2016 – 2020
Brexit co-ordinator for the EP and chairman of the Brexit steering committee

2020
Member of the European Parliament

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Today we commemorate the #Rwanda genocide in which the Tutsi people and so many moderate Hutu’s were murdered #Kwibuka27.

This tragedy changed my live and my political views forever.

A time to remember the hatred of racism and extremism and the risks of a cowardly international community #NeverAgain !
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Good to see that so many citizens in Turkey are courageously defending human rights over Erdogan dictates !

#IstanbulConvention #RuleOfLaw
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The inconvenient truth behind the vaccination fiasco in the EU. Pro-Europeans should be the first to be critical when things go wrong. On vaccines, they certainly have… My take on Ursula von der Leyen's vaccine fiasco and how to move forward and fix it 👇🏻 ...

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•. Today’s a BIG day ! 🇺🇸 #biden in, #trump out !

But Biden won't solve Europe's problems, only Europeans can do that.
We need to get our act together.
Defend our values. Be strong against common challenges. Be united in defence of our interests and ideals.

Just like the #US, European #democracy needs a real reboot. 🇪🇺
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•. Time to call out the hypocrisy from Europe’s extreme right parties on #russia! My plea in the #europeanparliament today👇🏻 ...

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It's in the interests of both parties that there is a deal eventually. Most important now for the EU not to panic, not to give in on fair competition after #Brexit. Our companies need this, also on fish 🐟

I also ask negotiator Michel Barnier and his team to unilaterally extend Eramus to UK students after Brexit. They love Europe, they all want the UK back into the European family.

Let's not make them the victims of a Brexit they didn't choose !
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Guy Verhofstadt’s intervention on Brexit. ...

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Banning veggie burgers ? Surely not.

I've always disliked government being patronising. It's one of the reasons why we founded the 'VLD – Partij van de Burger' all those years ago.

A burger's a burger, however you like it....

... and the Common Agricultural Policy holds plenty of more important measures to make sure both farmers and consumers get the most out of Europe's farming sector ! 🌾 🍔 🚜
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