Mr Kris Peeters only entered politics 15 years ago when the then Flemish Prime Minister Yves Leterme (Christian democrat) made him a minister in the Flemish Government. Prior to that Mr Peeters work for the small-business federation Unizo. In 2007 Mr Peeters succeeded Mr Leterme as Flemish Prime Minister. He led two Flemish Government and remained Flemish PM until 2014.
The landslide victory for the Flemish nationalists in the 2014 elections saw Mr Peeters hand over the leadership of the Flemish Government to the nationalist Geert Bourgeois. Mr Peeters’ party steered him towards federal politics, initially by putting him forward to, together with the Francophone liberal Charles Michel, form a new Federal Government. He then became the party’s Deputy Prime Minister in the Federal Government led by Mr Michel.
During his time in the Federal Government he often clashed with his Flemish nationalist coalition partners. Last year Mr Peeters’ attempt to become Mayor of Antwerp ended in disaster with his party winning just 3 of the 55 seats and being banished to the opposition. In the European elections on 25 May Mr Peeters gained 256,822 votes.