Uri Rosenthal

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Uri Rosenthal
Uri Rosenthal 2011.jpg
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
October 14, 2010 – November 5, 2012
Prime Minister Mark Rutte
Preceded by Maxime Verhagen
Succeeded by Frans Timmermans
Parliamentary leader of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy in the Senate
In office
May 5, 2005 – October 14, 2010
Preceded by Nicoline van den Broek-Laman Trip
Succeeded by Fred de Graaf
Member of the Senate
In office
June 8, 1999 – October 14, 2010
Personal details
Born Uriël Rosenthal
(1945-07-19) July 19, 1945 (age 68)
Montreux, Switzerland
Nationality Dutch
Political party People's Party for Freedom and Democracy
Residence Rotterdam, Netherlands
Alma mater University of Amsterdam (M.A.)
Erasmus University Rotterdam (PhD)
Occupation Politician
Political scientist
Professor
Author
Religion Non-religious (Atheism)

Uriël "Uri" Rosenthal (born July 19, 1945) is a Dutch politician of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). He served as Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Cabinet Rutte I from October 14, 2010 until November 5, 2012. He previously served as a Member of the Senate from June 8, 1999 until October 14, 2010 and the Parliamentary leader in the Senate from May 5, 2005 until October 14, 2010. A professor of political science and public administration by occupation, he taught from 1980 until 2010 at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and the Leiden University.

He has been nominated by the Dutch Government to serve as the Special Envoy for the fourth International Cyberspace Conference to be held in 2015.[1]

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Uriël Rosenthal was born on July 19, 1945 in Montreux, Switzerland to Jewish parents who during World War II fled the Netherlands from the German occupation of the Netherlands. After attending school in The Hague he went to study political science at the University of Amsterdam where he obtained his M.A. in 1970. In 1978 he received his PhD in social sciences at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. In 1980 he became a professor of political science and public administration at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. And from 1987 until 2011 a professor of public administration at the Leiden University.

Politics[edit]

He was elected Member of the Senate as a member of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy and took office on June 8, 1999. He became the Parliamentary leader in the Senate on May 5, 2005. On 12 June 2010, Queen Beatrix nominated Rosenthal as first informateur in the 2010 Dutch cabinet formation.[2] On June 26 the Queen replaced Rosenthal with Herman Tjeenk Willink, the Vice President of the Council of State as the new informateur.[3] On July 5 he became informateur a second time together with Jacques Wallage of the Labour Party.[4] But on July 21 the Queen again replaced him and Wallage with Minister of State and former Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers.

On September 28, the negotiations were finished. A coalition agreement was reached between People's Party for Freedom and Democracy and Christian Democratic Appeal to form a minority coalition, supported by the Party for Freedom to obtain a majority. Formateur Mark Rutte asked Rosenthal as the Minister of Foreign Affairs in the new cabinet. Because a member of the States-General of the Netherlands can not serve in the cabinet he resigned as a Member of the Senate and Parliamentary leader on October 14, 2010, the same day he took office as the new Minister of Foreign Affairs.[5]

As of March 1st 2013, Rosenthal is chairman of the Policy Advisory Council on Science and Technology (AWT).

Family[edit]

He has been married since January 4, 1973. He lives in Rotterdam with his wife, Dinah, and their two children. Dinah Rosenthal is an Israeli native, originally from Haifa. Two of Rosenthal's sisters live in Israel.[6][7]

Decorations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Netherlands to host international Cyberspace Conference in 2015". Government of the Netherlands. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  2. ^ (Dutch) VVD'er Uri Rosenthal informateur, NRC, June 12, 2010
  3. ^ (English) Queen appoints new coalition negotiator, Radio Netherlands Worldwide, June 26, 2010
  4. ^ (English) Dutch coalition talks continue behind closed doors, Radio Netherlands Worldwide, July 6, 2010
  5. ^ (Dutch) Uri Rosenthal is beoogd minister Buitenlandse Zaken, NRC, October 8, 2010
  6. ^ (Dutch) D66 en PvdA eisen uitleg over Nederlandse blokkade EU-standpunt Israël, NRC, September 29, 2011
  7. ^ Uri Rosenthal: from crisis professor to Foreign Minister

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Nicoline van den Broek
Parliamentary leader of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy
in the Senate

2005–2010
Succeeded by
Fred de Graaf
Government offices
Preceded by
Maxime Verhagen
Minister of Foreign Affairs
2010–2012
Succeeded by
Frans Timmermans