Spain's Popular Party defeats Socialists

Spain's Popular Party defeats Socialists

MADRID, May 23 (UPI) -- Spain's Partido Popular Party defeated Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's Socialist Party in local and regional elections, officials said Monday.

Zapatero defends budget cuts in Spain

MAD, Spain, May 20 (UPI) -- Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said without budget cuts put into place, Spain would have likely required a financial bailout in 2010.

Spain's PM rejects ETA violence

MADRID, April 18 (UPI) -- The Spanish prime minister has demanded that the Basque separatist group Bildu distance itself from the armed nationalist organization ETA, officials said.
Spain's prime minister reacts to criticism

Spain's prime minister reacts to criticism

MADRID, April 4 (UPI) -- Spain's prime minister said Sunday his decision not to run for re-election next year will force the Popular Party to get to work, instead of attacking him.

Spain P.M. Zapatero say no third term

MADRID, April 2 (UPI) -- Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said Saturday he will not seek a third term in the country's next general election in 2012.

Chilean president asks Spain to invest

MADRID, March 9 (UPI) -- Chile's president asked Spanish businessmen to invest more in Chile to strengthen the alliance between the two countries, Fox News Latino reported Wednesday.
Spain intervention in Libya last resort

Spain intervention in Libya last resort

MADRID, March 9 (UPI) -- The Spanish prime minister said the country's intervention in Libya should be a last resort and backed by the United Nations, Earth Times reported Tuesday.
Spain rejects ETA cease-fire proposal

Spain rejects ETA cease-fire proposal

MADRID, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Spain has rejected a proposed permanent cease-fire with the Basque separatist group ETA, saying it did not go far enough.
Spanish premier reorganizes Cabinet

Spanish premier reorganizes Cabinet

MADRID, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, facing discontent over economic policy, reshuffled his Cabinet Wednesday.

Spaniards freed from al-Qaida custody

MADRID, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Two Spanish hostages kidnapped in November by al-Qaida were set free Monday by their captors, the Spanish government announced.

Spain not to party economic woes away

MAHON, Spain, July 12 (UPI) -- The World Cup victory of Spain's soccer national team will keep Spaniards happy for a while, but it won't do away with the country's economic problems.
STEFAN NICOLA, UPI Europe Correspondent

Spain: Strikers protest 5 percent pay cut

MADRID, June 8 (UPI) -- Spanish government workers Tuesday went on strike, saying a 5 percent pay cut under the prime minister's austerity measures unfairly penalizes public workers.
Markets endorse proposed cuts in Spain

Markets endorse proposed cuts in Spain

MADRID, May 12 (UPI) -- Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's spending cut proposal was met with a counter-intuitive rise in stock markets Wednesday.

Biden: U.S. backs efforts in Greek crisis

MADRID, May 9 (UPI) -- The United States supports work to stem Greece's debt crisis and prevent its spread to other European Union countries, Vice President Joe Biden said in Spain.
Spain first EU leader after Lisbon Treaty

Spain first EU leader after Lisbon Treaty

BRUSSELS, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Spain's assumption of the European Union's rotating presidency Friday is the first presidency under the EU's new legal framework in the Lisbon Treaty.
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Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero
Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, president of Spain,, signs the anti- nuclear terrorist treaty which he will sign at the United Nations on September 14, 2005 in New York City. The "International Convention for the Supression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism" treaty is being signed by numerous heads of state during the 2005 World Summit at the UN. (UPI Photo/Monika Graff)

José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero (Spanish pronunciation:  ( listen); born 4 August 1960) is a Spanish politician and member of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE). He was elected for terms as Prime Minister of Spain in the 2004 and 2008 general elections. On 2 April 2011 he announced he will not stand for re-election in 2012.

The main actions taken by the Zapatero administration include the withdrawal of Spanish troops from the Iraq war, which resulted in long term diplomatic tension with the George W. Bush administration; the increase of Spanish troops in Afghanistan; the idea of an Alliance of Civilizations, co-sponsored by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan; the legalisation of same-sex marriage; reform of abortion law; a controversial attempt at peace negotiation with ETA (a proscribed terrorist organisation); the increase of tobacco restrictions; and the reform of various Autonomous statutes, particularly the Statute of Catalonia.

José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero was born in Valladolid, Castile and León to Juan Rodríguez y García-Lozano (b. 1928), a lawyer, and María de la Purificación Zapatero y Valero (Valladolid, 1927 - Madrid, 30 October 2000). He grew up in León, where his family originated.

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