EU presidency

EU presidency

BRUSSELS, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- The rotating presidency of the European Union switches from Swedish Prime Minister Frederik Reinfeldt to Spanish PM Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.
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European Council chief must strike balance

European Council chief must strike balance

BRUSSELS, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- European Council President-designate Herman Van Rompuy and the European Union's revolving presidency will be linked in several ways, observers said.

Somali pirates free 36 fishermen

MADRID, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- All crew members of a Spanish fishing boat hijacked off the Somali coast in October were released, along with their vessel, Spanish officials said Tuesday.
Obama, Zapatero talk economy, Afghanistan

Obama, Zapatero talk economy, Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Spain and the United States are working together on two thorny issues, Afghanistan and the Middle East peace, U.S. President Barack Obama said Thursday.

Thousands flee Canary Islands wildfire

MAZO, Spain, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Wildfires raging on La Palma in the Canary Islands have forced thousands of residents to flee, officials said Sunday.
Spain's leader backs social welfare state

Spain's leader backs social welfare state

MADRID, July 31 (UPI) -- Spain's prime minister says his goal is to uphold the social welfare state while bringing the Spanish economy into the 21st Century.

Spain agrees to beef up Afghan force

MADRID, July 30 (UPI) -- In an apparent gesture to support the Obama administration, Spain says it is willing to send more troops on long-term assignment to Afghanistan.

Mixed results for Spain's ruling socialists in election

MADRID, March 1 (UPI) -- The ruling Socialist Party had mixed results in Spain's regional elections Sunday, losing Galicia province though scoring wins in the Basque country.

Spain: Franco statue torn down

MADRID, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- A statue of Spain's longtime former dictator Francisco Franco was torn down from a square in the northern city of Santander.

Spain's economy will recover says Zapatero

MADRID, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has predicted that the country's economy will recover in 2009.

Obama hears from world leaders

CHICAGO, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- The most recent foreign leaders to call U.S. President-elect Barack Obama have been the presidents of Russia and China, who phoned Saturday.

Spain announces plan to help homeowners

MADRID, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Spanish President Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero announced his intention Monday to help unemployed workers keep their homes.

Spanish leader condemn bombing

MADRID, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and King Juan Carlos have condemned the car bombing at a Spanish university that injured 17 people.
Spain moves to bailout its banks

Spain moves to bailout its banks

MADRID, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said the government would purchase up to $68.5 billion of bank assets to keep credit systems flowing.

Edwards denies interest in vice presidency

MADRID, June 6 (UPI) -- Former U.S. senator and presidential hopeful John Edwards said he will not be Sen. Barack Obama's running mate for the White House.
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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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