Maxime Verhagen

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Maxime Verhagen
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Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands
In office
October 14, 2010 – November 5, 2012
Prime Minister Mark Rutte
Preceded by André Rouvoet
Succeeded by Lodewijk Asscher
Minister of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation
In office
October 14, 2010 – November 5, 2012
Prime Minister Mark Rutte
Preceded by Maria van der Hoeven (EZ)
Gerda Verburg (LNV)
Succeeded by Henk Kamp
(As Minister of Economic Affairs)
Parliamentary leader of the Christian Democratic Appeal in the House of Representatives
In office
June 10, 2010 – October 14, 2010
Preceded by Pieter van Geel
Succeeded by Sybrand van Haersma Buma
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
June 17, 2010 – October 14, 2010
Minister for Development Cooperation
In office
February 23, 2010 – October 14, 2010
Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende
Preceded by Bert Koenders
Succeeded by Lilianne Ploumen
(As Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation) (2012)
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
February 22, 2007 – October 14, 2010
Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende
Preceded by Ben Bot
Succeeded by Uri Rosenthal
Parliamentary leader of the Christian Democratic Appeal in the House of Representatives
In office
February 9, 2007 – February 22, 2007
Preceded by Jan Peter Balkenende
Succeeded by Pieter van Geel
Parliamentary leader of the Christian Democratic Appeal in the House of Representatives
In office
May 20, 2003 – November 23, 2006
Preceded by Jan Peter Balkenende
Succeeded by Jan Peter Balkenende
Parliamentary leader of the Christian Democratic Appeal in the House of Representatives
In office
July 11, 2002 – February 23, 2003
Preceded by Jan Peter Balkenende
Succeeded by Jan Peter Balkenende
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
May 17, 1994 – February 22, 2007
Member of the European Parliament
for the Netherlands
In office
July 25, 1989 – July 19, 1994
Personal details
Born Maxime Jacques Marcel Verhagen
(1956-09-14) September 14, 1956 (age 58)
Maastricht, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Political party Christian Democratic Appeal
Other political
affiliations
European People's Party
Spouse(s) Annemieke Beijlevelt (m. 1984)
Children 2 sons and 1 daughter
Residence Voorburg, Netherlands
Alma mater Leiden University (Master of Arts)
Occupation Politician
Civil servant
Historian
Religion Roman Catholicism

Maxime Jacques Marcel Verhagen (born 14 September 1956) is a Dutch politician of the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA). He served as a Member of the European Parliament for the European People's Party from 25 July 1989 to 19 July 1994. And a Member of the House of Representatives from 17 May 1994 to 22 February 2007. When the Party leader of the Christian Democratic Appeal and Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives Jan Peter Balkenende became Prime Minister Verhagen succeed him as the Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives during the Cabinets Balkenende I, II en III, during that time he became the unofficial Deputy leader of the Christian Democratic Appeal. He became the Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Cabinet Balkenende IV serving from 22 February 2007 to 14 October 2010, he also served as Minister for Development Cooperation following the resignation from Bert Koenders. After the Dutch general election of 2010 Party leader of the Christian Democratic Appeal Jan Peter Balkenende resigned and Verhagen became the new Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives. After the 2010 Dutch cabinet formation Verhagen and the Party leader of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy Mark Rutte made a coalition agreement with the Party for Freedom (PVV) of Party for Freedom. Verhagen became Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands and Minister of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation in the Cabinet Rutte I and served from October 14 2010 until November 5, 2012

Early life and education[edit]

Maxime Jacques Marcel Verhagen was born in Maastricht. He studied at Leiden University where he obtained an M.A. degree in History in 1986. For a brief period during his college years, Verhagen was associated with both left-wing radicalism and the right-leaning People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). He joined the CDA in 1976.[1]

Politics[edit]

Verhagen started working for the CDA and was elected to the city council of Oegstgeest. He served as a Member of the European Parliament from 25 July 1989 to 19 July 1994. On 17 May 1994, he was elected to the House of Representatives of the Netherlands. On 11 July 2002 he became CDA parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives. After became Minister of Foreign Affairs in the fourth Balkenende cabinet in 2007, he was succeeded in that position by Pieter van Geel. After the resignation of the Labour Party ministers, he became interim Minister for Development Cooperation.

The Christian Democratic Appeal did badly in the general election of 2010, and the then Christian Democratic Appeal Party leader and Prime Minister, Jan Peter Balkenende, resigned the same day. Verhagen replaced him as leader of the Christian Democratic Appeal parliamentary party.

On 14 October 2010, he became the Minister of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation and Deputy Prime Minister in the first Rutte cabinet.

At the request of gay rights groups, Verhagen called upon the Nuncio to the Netherlands, Monsignor François Bacqué, to respond to accusations that the Roman Catholic Church opposed homosexual rights. [2] He later expressed concern at the lifting of the excommunication of controversial bishop Richard Williamson, a member of the Society of Saint Pius X. [3]

Despite the disaster in Fukushima Verhagen is pleading for more nuclear power stations in the Netherlands.

Personal[edit]

He is married Annemieke Beijlevelt in 1984 and has 2 sons and 1 daughter.

Decorations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Verhagen in voetsporen van De Hoop Scheffer". NRC Handelsblad. 2002-07-11. 
  2. ^ Lifesite article
  3. ^ Netherlands urges pope to condemn Holocaust denier

External links[edit]

Party political offices
Preceded by
Jan Peter Balkenende
Parliamentary leader of the Christian Democratic Appeal
in the House of Representatives

2002-2003
Succeeded by
Jan Peter Balkenende
Preceded by
Jan Peter Balkenende
Parliamentary leader of the Christian Democratic Appeal
in the House of Representatives

2003-2006
Succeeded by
Jan Peter Balkenende
Preceded by
Jan Peter Balkenende
Parliamentary leader of the Christian Democratic Appeal
in the House of Representatives

2007
Succeeded by
Pieter van Geel
Preceded by
Pieter van Geel
Parliamentary leader of the Christian Democratic Appeal
in the House of Representatives

2010
Succeeded by
Sybrand van Haersma Buma
Government offices
Preceded by
Ben Bot
Minister of Foreign Affairs
2007-2010
Succeeded by
Uri Rosenthal
Preceded by
Bert Koenders
Minister for Development Cooperation
2010
Succeeded by
Lilianne Ploumen
As Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation (2012)
Preceded by
Maria van der Hoeven (EZ)
Gerda Verburg (LNV)
Minister of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation
2010-
Succeeded by
Henk Kamp
As Minister of Economic Affairs
Political offices
Preceded by
André Rouvoet
Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands
2010-2012
Succeeded by
Lodewijk Asscher