Guy Verhofstadt is one of Europe’s most experienced MEP and is currently the leader of the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), the centrist-liberal grouping in the European parliament. He is also the former prime minister of Belgium. Guy argues for reform to the EU so that it focuses much more on the key problems facing both Europen and the world and other key political issues.
Guy Verhofstadt became president of the Flemish Liberal Student’s Union (1972-1974) while studying law in Ghent. 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 was elected to the Belgian Senate three years later. In this role, he served as rapporteur for the Senate’s commission on the Rwandan genocide.