Uri Rosenthal

Uri Rosenthal
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
14 October 2010  5 November 2012
Prime Minister Mark Rutte
Preceded by Maxime Verhagen
Succeeded by Frans Timmermans
Parliamentary leader of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy in the Senate
In office
5 May 2005  14 October 2010
Preceded by Nicoline van den Broek-Laman Trip
Succeeded by Fred de Graaf
Member of the Senate
In office
8 June 1999  14 October 2010
Personal details
Born Uriël Rosenthal
(1945-07-19) 19 July 1945
Montreux, Switzerland
Nationality Dutch
Political party People's Party for Freedom and Democracy
Spouse(s) Dinah Rosenthal (m. 1973)
Children 2 daughters
Residence Rotterdam, Netherlands
Alma mater University of Amsterdam
(Bachelor of Social Science, Master of Social Science)
Erasmus University Rotterdam (Doctor of Philosophy)
Occupation Politician
Contributing editor
Political scientist

Uriël "Uri" Rosenthal (born 19 July 1945) is a Dutch politician of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). He served as Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Cabinet Rutte I from 14 October 2010 until 5 November 2012. He previously served as a Member of the Senate from 8 June 1999 until 14 October 2010 and the Parliamentary leader in the Senate from 5 May 2005 until 14 October 2010.

A professor of political science and public administration by occupation, he taught from 1980 until 2010 at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and Leiden University.

Early life

Uriël Rosenthal was born on 19 July 1945 in Montreux, Switzerland to Jewish parents who during World War II fled the Netherlands from the German occupation of the Netherlands. The returned to the Netherlands shortly after the war ended. After attending school in The Hague he went to study political science at the University of Amsterdam where he obtained a Bachelor of Social Science and a Master of Social Science in 1970. In 1978 he received his Doctor of Philosophy in social sciences at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. In 1980 he became a professor of political science and public administration at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. From 1987 until 2011 he was a professor of public administration at the Leiden University.


He was elected Member of the Senate as a member of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy and took office on 8 June 1999. He became the Parliamentary leader in the Senate on 5 May 2005. On 12 June 2010 Queen Beatrix nominated Rosenthal as first informateur in the 2010 Dutch cabinet formation.[1] On 26 June the Queen replaced Rosenthal with Herman Tjeenk Willink, the Vice President of the Council of State as the new informateur.[2] On 5 July he became informateur a second time together with Jacques Wallage of the Labour Party.[3] But on 21 July the Queen again replaced him and Wallage with Minister of State and former Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers.

On 28 September the negotiations were finished. A coalition agreement was reached between People's Party for Freedom and Democracy and Christian Democratic Appeal to form a minority coalition, supported by the Party for Freedom to obtain a majority. Formateur Mark Rutte asked Rosenthal as the Minister of Foreign Affairs in the new cabinet. Because a member of the States-General of the Netherlands can not serve in the cabinet he resigned as a Member of the Senate and Parliamentary leader on 14 October 2010, the same day he took office as the new Minister of Foreign Affairs.[4]

As of 1 March 2013, Rosenthal is chairman of the Policy Advisory Council on Science and Technology (AWT).

He has been nominated by the Dutch Government to serve as the Special Envoy for the fourth International Cyberspace Conference to be held in 2015.[5]


He has been married since 4 January 1973. He lives in Rotterdam with his wife, Dinah, and their two children. Dinah Rosenthal is an Israeli native, originally from Haifa. Two of Rosenthal's sisters live in Israel.[6][7]



  1. (in Dutch) VVD'er Uri Rosenthal informateur Archived 2012-04-21 at the Wayback Machine., NRC, 12 June 2010
  2. (in English) Queen appoints new coalition negotiator, Radio Netherlands Worldwide, 26 June 2010
  3. (in English) Dutch coalition talks continue behind closed doors Archived 2010-07-09 at the Wayback Machine., Radio Netherlands Worldwide, 6 July 2010
  4. (in Dutch) Uri Rosenthal is beoogd minister Buitenlandse Zaken Archived 2011-07-20 at the Wayback Machine., NRC, 8 October 2010
  5. "Netherlands to host international Cyberspace Conference in 2015". Government of the Netherlands. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  6. (in Dutch) D66 en PvdA eisen uitleg over Nederlandse blokkade EU-standpunt Israël, NRC, 29 September 2011
  7. "Uri Rosenthal: from crisis professor to Foreign Minister". Archived from the original on 2013-12-14. Retrieved 2013-12-10.
Party political offices
Preceded by
Nicoline van den Broek
Leader of the
People's Party for Freedom and Democracy
in the Senate

Succeeded by
Fred de Graaf
Political offices
Preceded by
Maxime Verhagen
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Frans Timmermans
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