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Born in Blackburn, UK (1947) and educated at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School and London University (BA Hons in German and French), Lancaster University (MA in Comparative Cultural Studies), and the Free University of West Berlin. Michael also has a post graduate diploma in International Law.
Michael was an elected council leader in North West England, a Lancashire County Councillor and a Member of the European Parliament for three terms (1984-99). He was the Majority Leader on the Trade Committee (1989-99). From 1991-1995 he was responsible for relations with the new democracies in Central and Eastern Europe. Michael is now a freelance political consultant and acts as an expert adviser for the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) where he is currently writing a report on “Transatlantic Trade” He wrote a report on “Fair Trade” for the United Nations, International Trade Centre, Geneva. Michael is a frequent lecturer on European politics, most recently at the Economics University of Varna, Bulgaria and the Politics University of Bucharest, Romania. He has been a columnist for “The Singapore Business Times” and “Frontline” newsmagazine, India. Michael also advises several universities on international links. Michael has travelled extensively throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He speaks fluent German and French. He has a Polish wife and they have one daughter. Michael has been guest lecturer for Noble Caledonia on the Danube, Rhine and Rhone.
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