Mark Eyskens

Belgian politician

Marc Maria Frans, Viscount Eyskens (born 29 April 1933) is a Belgian economist and politician in the Christian People's Party (Belgium), now called Christian Democratic and Flemish and briefly served as Prime Minister of Belgium in 1981.

Mark Eyskens in 1986
Mark Eyskens and his wife Anne Rutsaert


  • The journey was a real triumph. To the Congolese, he almost seemed like an extraterrestrial apparition. The reception was very warm and soon Boudewijn was nicknamed "Bwana Kitoko", "beautiful young man". The young king had a very good feeling about his first Congo experience. Some say it was the first time he laughed in public.
  • China is operating in Congo in a brutal way that smacks of slavery. Congolese work in mines for very low wages. China is not concerned with sustainability and often commits a predatory economy. The country also does not respect human rights. Still, the developing country's government is letting itself be wrapped up, because the Chinese don't make moral demands like the West does. China works with a closed stock exchange in Congo. For example, they build 20 schools in exchange for being able to operate 10 copper mines for 1 year. But that is often peasant deception: the value of the school buildings is sometimes only 10% of the value of the extracted raw materials.
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