José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero

José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero is the current Prime Minister of Spain (Presidente del Gobierno de España). A member of the Spanish Socialist Worker’s Party (Partido Socialista Obrero Español; PSOE), Zapatero is currently serving his second consecutive term of office: the first started on March 14th, 2004, and the second on March 9th, 2008 (referred to as 9-M by the media). The PSOE holds 168 of the 350 seats in the Spanish Parliament (Cortes). Born in 1960 and raised in León, Zapatero joined the PSOE party in 1979, two years after its legalisation. He later became Spain’s youngest MP in 1986, representing the region of León. Zapatero credits Felipe González (Prime Minister of Spain, 1982-1996) for influencing his decision to join the PSOE party in 1979, after he heard González speak at a 1977 rally. Zapatero was first elected Prime Minister three days after the 11-M terrorist bombings in Madrid.

Major achievements/decisions include the following:

- In April 2004, one of his first actions as Prime Minister was to withdraw every Spanish soldier (1,300 troops) from Iraq, an electoral promise that he completed in less than a month.

- Raising minimum wage by 4 percent as of January 1st, 2009.

- July 1st, 2005 saw the legalisation of same-sex marriages, including adoption rights, that were previously applicable only to heterosexual couples.

- An increase in diplomatic communication with Latin America as well as several European nations.

- Zapatero continues to address social issues, including education reforms, immigration and gender-motivated violence.

Our economics expert Edward Hugh explains Zapatero's latest move to get Spanish finances on the road to recovery more

Jan 31, 2011 11:39 AM IN THE CITY

Monday 22nd March

Joan Laporta confirms collaboration with Catalan nationalist Reagrupament association – Stall-holders complain about problems with temporary Ninot and Sant Antoni markets – Constitutional court pending one more vote before ruling on new version of Catalan statute more

Mar 22, 2010 10:41 AM THE INFORMER NEWS BLOG

Wednesday 29 April

Fast train to Lyon by 2012 - Fourteen suspected cases of swine flu in Catalunya - Barcelona hotels complain about security issues more


Monday mail

Zapatero plans cabinet shuffle - Espanyol victorious after five-month run of home defeats - Catalunya wins controversial Indoor Football championship more


Tuesday tattler

Kidnapped Catalan businessmen released in Nigeria - Zapatero states G-20 goal - Key FC Barcelona basketball player out with injury more

Mar 31, 2009 12:02 PM THE INFORMER NEWS BLOG

In March 2008, the general election between José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and Mariano Rajoy was looming more

Mar 1, 2008 6:13 PM LIVING

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