FORA.tv Speaker - Guy Verhofstadt
Guy Verhofstadt has been prime minister of Belgium since 1999. He began his political career as a Ghent city councilor in 1976. In 1982, at the age of 29, he became president of the PVV, the Flemish Liberal Party. He was elected to the Chamber of Deputies - the lower house of Belgian's Federal Parliament - in 1985, and he served as deputy prime minister and minister of budget and scientific research until 1988.
Prime Minister Verhofstadt led the transformation of the PVV into the VLD, the Flemish Liberals and Democrats, in 1992, and he was elected to the Belgian Senate three years later. In this role, he served as rapporteur for the Senateâ€™s commission on the Rwandan genocide.
He is the author of several books. His most recent, The United States of Europe, was published in Dutch in 2005 and in six other languages in 2006.
04.27.07 | 00:45:26 min
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