Ruud Lubbers

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Rudolphus Franciscus Marie "Ruud" Lubbers (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈryt ˈlʏbərs]  ( listen); born May 7, 1939) is a retired Dutch politician of the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) party, who served as Prime Minister of the Netherlands from November 4, 1982 until August 22, 1994 (as the longest serving PM in Dutch history). A political conservative, Lubbers was regarded by many during his time in office as an ideological heir to Margaret Thatcher. One of his campaign slogans was: "meer markt, minder overheid" (more market, less government).

After his prime-ministership, Lubbers served as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, from 2001 until 20 February 2005, when he resigned because of continuous press coverage of an allegation of sexual harassment. In July 2006, Lubbers acted as informateur of the third Balkenende cabinet.

On January 31, 1995 he was granted the honorary title of Minister of State.[1]

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Early life

Lubbers was born in Rotterdam. He studied economics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and was a student of the first Nobel Prize Laureate in economics Jan Tinbergen. As suggested by the title of his 1962 thesis - "The influence of differing productivity trends in various countries on the current account of the balance of payments" - his main interest was in monetary affairs. He originally planned an academic career, but was compelled by family circumstances to join the management of Lubbers' Construction Workshops and Machinery Fabricators Hollandia B.V.

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