After studying law and
political sciences (IEP, Paris and the higher cycle of the Fondation Nationale des Sciences
Politiques (National Foundation for Political Sciences), Paris), in 1974 he joined the cabinet of
the Luxembourg Prime Minister Gaston Thorn, while at the same time working as a senior
lecturer at the IEP (Institute for Political Studies) in Strasbourg (until 1984), guest teacher and
researcher at Columbia University, the Freie Università¤t in Berlin and the Université Laval,
Quebec. During this period he published several articles on the position of small States in the
international and European system, neo-corporatism and audiovisual and telecommunications
policies in Europe. Between 1983 and 1985 he was personal adviser to Clay T. Whitehead, the
American designer of the Luxembourg Astra satellite system. From 1986 to 1996 he was the
Secretary General of the Parliamentary group of the (liberal) Democratic Party (DP) in the
Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies. During the Luxembourg Presidency in 1997, he served as a
liaison officer between the Presidency and the ambassador Miguel Angel Moratinos, EU special
envoy to the Middle East peace process.
He is Chairman of the steering committee of the Institut d’études européennes et
internationales (Institute for European and International Studies) in Luxembourg.