Victor Leemans

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Victor Leemans (born July 29, 1901 in Stekene , Belgium , † March 3, 1971 in Leuven ) was a representative of the Flemish Movement of the 1930s and a member of the fascist Verdinaso organization. After the Second World War he became a member of the Flemish Christian Democrats and was President of the European Parliament from 1965 to 1966 .

Leemans completed his studies in social science with a doctorate at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) in Paris and then taught at the Catholic University of Leuven .

During the Second World War he collaborated with the Germans and after the campaign in the west in occupied Belgium he became Secretary General in the Belgian Ministry of Economic Affairs. After the war he was charged for this but acquitted in 1947. In 1949 he was appointed Provincial Senator of Antwerp and in 1958 a member of the European Parliament , of which he was President from 1965 to 1966.

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