Guy Verhofstadt

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Copyright European ParliamentGuy Verhofstadt has been a member of the European Parliament since June 2009. Prior to that he was Prime Minister of Belgium, leading three separate governments starting in 1999. He started his political career as a Law student in Ghent, where he was elected President of the Liberal Flemish Students’ Union. Four years later he was elected as a City Councillor in Ghent. He went on to take a number of high profile posts including Political Secretary to Willy De Clercq, National President of the Party for Freedom and Progress, an MP in the House of Representatives, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for the Budget, a Senator and National President of the Flemish Liberals and Democrats. In addition to his duties as a politician, Guy has written a number of books.