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

Member of the European Parliament

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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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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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Une minute de silence au Parlement européen en hommage au professeur #SamuelPaty #OnOubliePas 🇫🇷🇪🇺
One minute of silence in the European Parliament in honour of French teacher #SamuelPaty
#neverforget 🇫🇷🇪🇺

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Discover my brandnew website now!

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Look around you, and every day you see another crisis left unanswered. Internationally, there's Belarus, Turkey, Navalny, Hong Kong. And internally, we know our asylum and migration policies are insufficient and rule of law breaches remain unresolved.

EU inaction has become the rule, and it's easy to see why. Paul-Henri Spaak saw it coming in... 1942: unanimity leads to impotence and irrelevance. ("Combats Inachevés: de l'Indépendance à l'Alliance")

There's madness in our method. We need a Conference on the Future of Europe to revisit the rules, decide what our common interests are and how best to take care of them.

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The only protectionism you need 😂. ...

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Lecturing the EU in proper finance while their own friends receive money from Putin to destroy Europe... There's a scandal for you. ...

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Together, we can build a fairer, better and brighter Europe! Are you with me? #IAmEuropean ...

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🇪🇺 Long before the Covid crisis, it was clear that Europe was not institutionally armed to respond to the new world order as it emerged from the confrontation between the United States and China. The chaotic management by the EU of this health crisis has only confirmed its structural unpreparedness to face a major shock, even if the Commission has done its best to support the disrepair of the Council. There is therefore a risk of being marginalised in the coming world and incapable of defending the collective interests of Europeans. It is no longer time to procrastinate when the future of Europe is at stake. The European Council must imperatively take a stand and convene this Conference, which has been announced many times. Our fellow citizens aspire for the debate to open and for solutions to be found so that Europe retains its rank in this century. #IAmEuropean ...

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It is not enough to be quitely non-racist. Now is the time to be vocally anti-racist #blacklivesmatter ✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼✊🏻 (©️Sebastien Nagy) ...

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