VIP Lounge: Former prime minister Dries van Agt

This entry is part of the series VIP Lounge

Dutch Prime minister Dries van Agt (r) and British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in The Hague in 1981 (© Wikimedia)

VIP Lounge was a series of portraits of well-known Dutch people who had gained international fame for their professional achievements at the time of these broadcasts in the late 1980’s. Our guest in this programme is jurist, diplomat and former prime minister Andries Van Agt. A Roman Catholic born in 1931, Van Agt was minister of justice in the 1970’s, during the dramatic and deadly three-week hostage taking by Moluccan separatists, and during the stormy shifts in ethics and social values that dominated the age. In spite of his continuous reservations about politics, he served as prime minister from 1977 to 1982 and had to deal with the lingering legacy of the World War and with the highly divisive issue of the stationing of NATO cruise missiles. At the time of this interview Dries van Agt was the European Union (then the EEC)’s ambassador to Japan at a crucial time.

Produced and presented by Marijke van der Meer

First broadcast 1987 or 1988

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