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When you’re a foreigner in another country, it’s hard to keep up with politics.  Part of it is a language thing, and in a military community, one’s life is actually impacted more by who is the base commander.    That’s what it seems, at least.   In Holland, however, most people speak English, and learning the language is a lot easier than, say, German or French.  Not that I ever attained fluency, and whatever facility I had with the language has long since languished.  At any rate, Ruud Lubbers held the position of Prime Minister when I lived in Holland, and he’s one of the longest serving PM’s in Dutch history.  According to

Dutch politician, prime minister (1982, 1986, 1986–9, 1994), and businessman, born in Rotterdam, W Netherlands. He studied at Rotterdam School of Economics, and joined the family engineering business of Lubbers Hollandia. From 1963 he was in business management as a committee member of the NCW (Netherlands Christian Employers Union), a member of the presidium of FME (Metal and Electrotechnology Federation), and on the Rijnmondraad (Rhine Estuary Council). He was involved in the radical movement within the KVP (Katholieke Volkspartij) resulting in the foundation of the PPR (Political Party of Radicals), but remained with the KVP himself. In 1973–7 he was minister of economic affairs, and gained respect and poularity for his calm reaction to the oil crisis. From 1977 he was an MP for the CDA (Christen-Democratisch Appèl) and party leader from 1977. He was prime minister of CDA/VVD (Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie) coalitions (1982, 1986, 1986–9) and again in 1989 after the VVD left, this time with the PvdA (Partij van de Arbeid).

Since leaving office, Lubbers has taught at Tilburg University, and he worked for the United Nations.

On a separate note, Wikipedia has a detailed list of all the Dutch Prime Ministers.


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