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Martens, Wilfried

Born: 1936 AD
Currently alive, at 79 years of age.
Nationality: Belgian
Categories: Politician

1936 – Born on April 19th in Sleidinge (East Flanders). Martens was a proponent of federalism for Belgium, for which he was originally labelled an extremist.

1965-1972 – He entered politics organizing street protests over underrepresentation of Flemish language and culture, then went on to head the youth faction of the Christian People’s Party.

         – He was president of the Dutch-speaking Social Christian Party (CVP).

1974 – Martens organized the victorious campaign for the party, cooperating closely with Leo Tindemans.

1979-1991 – Martens became Prime Minister of nine of the ten coalition governments.