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Claes, Willy

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Born: 1938 AD
Currently alive, at 76 years of age.

Nationality: Belgian
Categories: Politician

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1938 - Born on November 24th in Hasselt, Belgium. Belgian diplomat and socialist politician.

1973 - Belgian economic affairs minister.

1991 - Belgian foreign minister.

1994 - Was the secretary general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) with a proven reputation as a consensus-builder.

1995 - He was a clear favorite for the post, but subsequent allegations about his involvement (while Belgian foreign minister) in illegal dealings with Agusta, the Italian aircraft manufacturer, eventually forced his resignation in November.

         - Prior to becoming secretary general, he was foreign affairs minister and deputy prime minister. A Flemish-speaking socialist, he had risen to high political office via the trade-union movement.

1998 - He went on trial, charged with receiving illegal income in the late 1980's on purchases of French and Italian arms.

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