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Death of Hans van Baalen - Tribute by François Bayrou

van Baalen
ALDE Party

With great sadness, we learned of the death of Hans van Baalen this morning.

He was a committed and brilliant politician who placed great importance on liberal thought, not only in the economic sense but also in a deeply philosophical one.

He was a loyal, amicable, and open partner to me.

We shared an ambitious idea of the future of Europe and of the importance of the alliance between our two political families at the centre of the European political spectrum.

We would like to take this moment to express our gratitude and friendship to his family and friends in the ALDE Party.

François Bayrou
President of the European Democratic Party