Interview with Van Agt, Dries

From the The European Commission 1986-2000. Memories of an institution Collection

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Recorded in 24 May 2017 Nijmegen
Interview by Jan van der Harst and Anjo G. Harryvan in English

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During this interview, Mr van Agt discussed the following topics:
- his European commitment;
- his participation to the Council’s meetings;
- becoming Permanent Representative for the European Commission in Tokyo;
- his working style as Ambassador;
- conflict with Willy De Clercq;
- perception of the European Community in Japan;
- connections with the Netherlands;
- becoming Ambassador of the European Community to Washington;
- his relations with American presidents;
- his departure from Washington;
- getting a guest lectureship in Ritsumeikan University;
- present Europe;
- his talks with Helmut Schmidt.

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