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Guy Verhofstadt

Guy Verhofstadt

The European Parliament’s Chief Brexit Negotiator in Brussels


Belgium

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Chief Brexit negotiator for the EU, Guy Verhofstadt believes in a federal union as Europe’s solution to compete with the large economies of the US and Asia. A federal solution, he argues, needs a unified front regarding political strategy, government, and a parliament that is endowed with full powers in order to compete on a global scale.

Politician, author, thinker, and negotiator, Belgian politician Guy Verhofstadt has made a mark on European history. The leader of the Alliance and Democrats for Europe Group and Belgian Member of the European Parliament has filled a number of political positions in his home country. Amongst these are included:

Guy has, since 2009, served as Member of the European Parliament as leader of the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE). He is also the founder of the inter-parliamentarian federalist Spinelli Group and was the ALDE presidential nominee of the European Commission during the 2014 European Parliament election.

The European Parliament nominated Guy as their lead Brexit negotiator in 2016.

Guy Verhofstadt has received many accolades throughout the course of his political career. Amongst these he counts:

Someone who is regularly in the media, Guy Verhofstadt is also the author of a number of books on European politics, including The United States of Europe, A New Age of Empires, and Europe’s Last Chance: Why the European States Must Form a More Perfect Union.

Guy Verhofstadt – Speaker

The lawyer-turned-politician took to politics from an early age, becoming a member of Ghent City Council and climbing the ranks to become a member of parliament, Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister for the Economy while still in his thirties.

Guy wishes to inspire changes within the EU, focusing on crime, economics, and certain political key issues. He is a supporter of further integration in order to allow the European Union become economically stronger by means of a single economic policy, treasury, and currency in order to create more jobs while being able to compete with the US and Asian economies.

“The Brexit discussion is a good opportunity not only to discuss and negotiate a new agreement, a new partnership with Britain but also to fix that now it is time to have a real government in Europe” – Guy Verhofstadt

Speaking Topics

Guy’s topics focus on Europe and European politics, touching different aspects while taking note of past mistakes in order to allow Europe to become a super power.

  • "The Brexit discussion is a good opportunity not only to discuss and negotiate a new agreement, a new partnership with Britain but also to fix that now it is time to have a real government in Europe”

    Guy Verhofstadt

  • Guy Verhofstadt "The Brexit discussion is a good opportunity not only to discuss and negotiate a new agreement, a new partnership with Britain but also to fix that now it is time to have a real government in Europe”
    5 / 5
  • “Ultimately, he remains hopeful for a truly united continent that can protect its citizens, remain a valuable American ally, and face future challenges. Impassioned and logically sound, this clearly presented treatise presents an appealing way forward from a troubled present.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Guy Verhofstadt “Ultimately, he remains hopeful for a truly united continent that can protect its citizens, remain a valuable American ally, and face future challenges. Impassioned and logically sound, this clearly presented treatise presents an appealing way forward from a troubled present.”
    5 / 5

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