The prime minister of Belgium, Guy Verhofstadt, will give a public lecture at LSE on Tuesday 21 March. He will speak on The United States of Europe. Quentin Peel of the Financial Times will respond to his comments.
Guy Verhofstadt has been prime minister of Belgium since 1999. He entered parliament in 1985, and became deputy prime minister and minister of budget. In 1993, he was elected president of the new Flemish Liberals and Democrats party. Following the referenda results in France and the Netherlands Prime Minister Verhofstadt wrote a book entitled The United States of Europe, the English version of which is being published by the Federal Trust. The issues raised in this book will be discussed at this event.
Quentin Peel is international affairs editor and associate editor of the Financial Times (FT). Quentin has worked at the FT since 1975 in which time he has served as southern Africa correspondent, Africa editor, European Community correspondent and Brussels bureau chief, Moscow correspondent, and chief correspondent in Germany. On his return to London he became foreign editor, running the international reporting operations of the FT. He took up his present position in September 1998.
Professor Lord Wallace will chair this event, which is organised by LSE in partnership with The Federal Trust.
The United States of Europe is on Tuesday 21 March 2006 at 11am in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE, Aldwych, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all but a ticket is required. One ticket per person can be requested from 10am on Thursday 9 March from here
The Federal Trust is a think tank that studies the interactions between regional, national, European and global levels of government. See: http://www.fedtrust.co.uk/
3 March 2006