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BRUSSELS, March 18 (UPI) -- The European Commission Friday welcomed the Group of Eight industrialized nations' promise to put Africa and development high on its agenda.

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BRUSSELS, March 18 (UPI) -- European Commissioner Louis Michel Friday invited Paul Wolfowitz, the U.S. nominee to head the World Bank, to Brussels to discuss development plans.

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EU: $104 million more in tsunami aid

BRUSSELS, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- The European Commission pledged Monday another $104 million in humanitarian aid to victims of the South Asian tsunami.

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BRUSSELS, July 7 (UPI) -- Belgian Foreign Minister Louis Michel Wednesday was tipped to become the country's next European Commissioner in Brussels.

Powell: Sudan factions close to deal

WASHINGTON, May 25 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said Tuesday rival factions in Sudan were close to a peace deal.

Gadhafi invited to visit Brussels

TRIPOLI, Libya, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Belgium has extended an official invitation to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to visit Brussels, the seat of the European Union's Commission.

Belgium echoes French debate on veil

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EU commits to non-NATO defense force

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World condemns Turkey blasts

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Belgium angry over U.S. war crime demand

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Louis H. O. Ch. Michel (born 2 September 1947) is a Belgian Member of European Parliament. Before that, he served as European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid until July 2009. A prominent member of the French-speaking liberal party, the Mouvement Réformateur, he was Belgium's foreign minister until July 2004.

From 1968 to 1978, before dedicating his life to his political career, Louis Michel taught English, Dutch and German in the Provincial School of Jodoigne, a rural town 25 miles from Brussels.

From 1967 to 1977, he was chairman of the Young Liberals in the district of Nivelles. Then he became alderman in Jodoigne from 1977 to 1983, "secretary-general" of the Parti Réformateur Libéral (PRL) political party from 1980 to 1982 and chairman of the PRL from 1982 to 1990 and from 1995 to 1999.

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