Paul Belien has a Law degree (1982, specialisations in Social Security Law and European Law) and a doctorate in International Studies (2004). He worked as a professional journalist in both Belgium and the Netherlands from 1982 to 1994, when he founded the classical-liberal Brussels-based think tank Centre for the New Europe. He acted as CNE's first managing director and research director from 1994 to 2000, when he left to write his Ph.D. dissertation and homeschool his five children.
Paul Belien is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society and was one of the nine "founding fathers" of the Flemish liberal party VLD in 1991-1992, but he did not join this party when it became obvious that its leader, Guy Verhofstadt, was steering it into a leftist and neutralist, rather than a hayekian/libertarian and Atlanticist direction. Paul Belien is married to Irish-born Dr. Alexandra Colen, a former lecturer in linguistics at the universities of Ghent and Antwerp, and an MP for the Flemish-secessionist party Vlaams Blok since 1995.
Paul Belien is the author and co-author of numerous articles, essays and books, including - together with Lady Thatcher, Lord Tebbit, Philippe Seguin and others - Visions of Europe (Duckworth, 1994) and - with Harvard Business School's Prof. Regina Herzlinger - Consumer-Driven Health Care (Jossey-Bass, 2004). He has given lectures on European health care systems in various countries, including the U.S., Canada, Japan and Australia.
Below is a selection of his articles is english:
The Daily Standard, 22 February 2005 - A Belgian novelty shows what the government in Brussels really thinks.
A new book by Paul Belien (May 2005) - Britain, the Saxe-Coburgs and the Belgianisation of Europe
VDARE.com, 20 January 2005 - Bush can start with Europe’s hate crime crackdown.
The American Conservative, 20 Dec 2004 - Holland’s secularized liberals cannot resist radical Islam.
VDARE.com, 27 November 2004 - People cannot be loyal to two countries.
VDARE.com, 9 November 2004 - Why Belgium banned its biggest party.
VDARE.com, 3 November 2004 - It started as a Dutch cliché. Then it turned into Jihad. The assassination of Theo van Gogh on 2 November 2004.
National Review - Three articles now available on the web.
The Spectator, 31 July 2004 - There was nothing gallant about little Belgium in the first world war.
The Wall Street Journal, 8 April 2004 - The Belgian authorities attempted to censor a BBC documentary. Why does Belgium insist on denying its history?
The American Conservative, 2 Feb 2004 - The liberalization of abortion was the dominant theme in the social-engineering project of Playboy.
The Salisbury Review, December 2003 - Patriotism is the generous love for one’s nation. We need this love in order to be truly human and humane. Artificial states are unstable institutions because they lack genuine patriotism.
The Spectator, 13 July 2002 - Watch out, Britain, Belgium has become a major recruiting base for al-Qa'eda.
The Independent, 11 June 2002 - The obituary of a controversial royal consort who never became Queen.
Pfizer Forum, October 1998 - Europe’s private insurance systems offer valuable lessons on balancing equity and quality of health care.
The Wall Street Journal, 12 Sept 1996 - The Dutroux affair has put an incredible stress on the Belgian state, which has always been an awkward construction.
European Voice, 11 April 1996 - Liberty should be a negative concept rather than a positive one. It has more to do with what a political authority does not do, rather than with what it does.
The Wall Street Journal, 6 October 1995 - More than one-fifth of all income in Belgium is redistributed in "solidarity."
The Wall Street Journal, 17 Feb 1995 - There is nothing wrong with devoting increased resources to health care. The wealthier a society becomes, the more its citizens are willing to spend on keeping healthy.
Pfizer Forum, January 1995 - Health care should be seen as a promising growth sector. Key steps are to reform the financing of health care and to encourage private investment in the sector.
The Spectator, 10 December 1994 - Belgium is at the centre of NATO, but its politicians have some very strange and dangerous ideas about collective security.
The Wall Street Journal, 9 June 1994 - The "founding fathers" of the EEC wanted to check both French and German national ambitions as well as all tendencies toward state absolutism.
Pfizer Forum, February 1994 - The inexorable rise of government spending in Western Europe has created a burden of public debt which threatens the financial well-being of future generations.
The Wall Street Journal, 14 Sep 1993 - In the information age the Belgian regime cannot keep its citizens in the dark.
The Wall Street Journal, 5 April 1990 - Following the publication of this article in The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Belien was sacked for "grievous misconduct" by his Belgian employer, the Gazet van Antwerpen.
The Wall Street Journal, 10 January 1990 - "Europe" became a possible means to compensate Socialists for national political impotence.
The Wall Street Journal, 25 March 1987 - It would have been better if the Common Market’s founding fathers had stayed at home 30 years ago instead of going to Italy to sign the Treaty of Rome.
The Wall Street Journal, 23 April 1986 - Ordinary Americans have always felt economic liberty an indispensable guarantee of their democracy and pluralism. Ordinary West Europeans do not.