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Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero 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.
Some of the main actions taken by the Zapatero administration were the Spanish troops withdrawal 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 legalization of same-sex marriage, reform of abortion law, a controversial peace negotiation attempt with ETA (a proscribed terrorist organisation), the increase of ... » Read more on Wikipedia.org

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Minister (8)
2011-12-15
Nine leaders, including outgoing Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero,(L) were at the summit (Big Hollywood)
Spain minister warns ETA's end to violence is not end of story (CNN)
Spanish defense minister rules out talks with ETA (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Excerpt: Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero (L) listens to Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo at the XXI Iberoamerican Summit in Asuncion. Ecuador's leftist president stormed out of the summit of leaders of Latin America, Spain and Portugal on... (Read article)

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Borrowing Costs (8)
2011-12-15
Spain looks safer than Italy as borrowing costs fall (Reuters UK, Economic Times, Reuters, The Guardian, msnbc.com)
Spain's borrowing costs fall (Independent Online)
Spain's borrowing costs fall, looks safer than Italy (Reuters UK)
Excerpt: The centre-right People's Party (PP) trounced the Socialists in November 20 election as voters punished Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero for his handling of the economic crisis though his measures have kept Spain needing a Greek-style... (Read article)

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Prime Minister (3)
2011-12-15
Spain's new prime minister pledges €16bn spending cuts (The Guardian)
Outgoing Spanish Prime Minister Fails To Enact Anti-Piracy Legislation (Billboard Business News)
For Spain's Next Prime Minister, Rigor Is Watchword (New York Times)
Excerpt: Rajoy won a landslide election victory on November 20, with his conservative People's Party (PP) ousting outgoing prime minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero's socialists to win an absolute majority in parliament. After his formal voting in as... (Read article)

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Zapatero to Discuss (4)
2011-11-24
Spain’s premier-elect meets outgoing Zapatero to discuss the European debt crisis (Washington Post)
Spain's premier-elect in meeting with Zapatero to discuss economic crisis (Brandon Sun, Winnipeg Free Press)
Spain's premier-elect meets outgoing Zapatero to discuss the European debt crisis (Republic)
Excerpt: An official from the Popular Party, which won Sunday’s general election, said its leader Mariano Rajoy conferred for two hours with acting Premier Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero on Wednesday. The meeting was unannounced. The official spoke Thursday on... (Read article)

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Franco Makes Cameo in Spanish (4)
2011-11-22
Franco Makes Cameo in Spanish Election as Fear Factor Fades (Businessweek, Businessweek)
General Franco Makes Cameo in Spanish Vote as Fear Factor Fades (Bloomberg, Businessweek)
Excerpt: Socialist Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero had called for the vote to be held on the anniversary of the Generalissimo’s death. Nov. 20 is a day celebrated each year by remnants of Franco’s fascist following in acts that are... (Read article)

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Spaniards Vote (3)
2011-11-20
Spaniards vote to find way out of crisis (China Post)
Spaniards vote for new gov't amid economic gloom (San Diego Union-Tribune)
Spaniards vote as right heads to crushing victory (Bangkok Post)
Excerpt: Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero decided against running for a third term as his approval ratings sank. The Socialists chose veteran politician Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba as their leader for the campaign, but he struggled to differentiate himself... (Read article)

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Zapatero Says (4)
2011-10-27
Spain’s Zapatero Says Eurozone Must Help Itself Out of Crisis (Bloomberg)
Zapatero Says ‘Satisfied’ With Options for EFSF Leveraging (BusinessWeek, Bloomberg)
Zapatero Says Spanish Banks Won’t Need State Aid for Capital (Bloomberg)
Excerpt: Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said eurozone countries must help themselves to overcome the sovereign-debt crisis, rather than taking help from the U.S. “The eurozone has to help the eurozone,” Zapatero told journalists... (Read article)

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Deficit (4)
2011-10-24
Spain Slipping on Deficit Means Possible Contagion: Euro Credit (BusinessWeek)
Spain Slipping on Deficit Increases Chances of Contagion (Bloomberg)
Galan Says Spain Can Erase Power-System Deficit With Current Law (Bloomberg)
Excerpt: Quarterly growth will remain at levels similar to the April-June period for the rest of 2011, Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said on Sept. 14. IMF Estimates The International Monetary Fund predicts an economic expansion of 0.8... (Read article)

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Spanish PM (7)
2011-10-21
Spanish PM welcomes ETA’s declaration to end guerilla activity (All Headline News, All Headline News)
Spanish PM Zapatero hails end to Basque Eta violence (BBC News)
Basque terror group ceasefire welcomed by Spanish PM Zapatero (The Vancouver Sun, The Vancouver Sun)
Excerpt: Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero on Thursday hailed the Basque separatists ETA’s declaration to end four decades of violence. Describing it as a victory for democracy, Zapatero, in a television address, said, "For many years... (Read article)

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Stage Set for Election (3)
2011-09-29
Spain parliament dissolved, stage set for election (msnbc.com, msnbc.com, Atlantic City Press)
Excerpt: Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's announcement kicks off the campaign for voting widely expected to usher in a government led by the conservative opposition Popular Party. Zapatero has served two terms spanning nearly eight years, but is not... (Read article)

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Stage Set for Election (3)
2011-09-29
Spain parliament dissolved, stage set for election (msnbc.com, msnbc.com, Atlantic City Press)
Excerpt: Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's announcement kicks off the campaign for voting widely expected to usher in a government led by the conservative opposition Popular Party. Zapatero has served two terms spanning nearly eight years, but is not... (Read article)

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Zapatero Calls Election as Polls Give Opposition Record Lead
2011-09-26
26 (Bloomberg) -- Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero called early elections as polls show voters will ditch his Socialist party over its handling of the debt crisis in favor of opposition pledges of jobs and tax breaks. ...
(BusinessWeek)
  1. Spanish prime minister to announce dissolution of parliament
  2. Zapatero Calls Early Election as Polls Give Spain's Opposition Record Lead
  3. Spain PM dissolves parliament, November election expected to bring ...

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Spanish government agrees constitutionally cap budget deficits
2011-08-26
The law – drafted by the government of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and the agreed to by the opposition Popular Party -Â needs to be passed by June next year. The deficit limits can be revised in 2015 and 2018 if deemed necessary, ...
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  1. CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-Spain govt, PP agree to deficit limit in constitution
  2. Spain agrees public deficit limit

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Spanish Leaders Back Constitutional Amendment to Limit Debt
2011-08-23
By RAPHAEL MINDER MADRID — Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero on Tuesday won support from a key opposition leader for a constitutional amendment that would limit deficit levels and the amount of debt that the Spanish state could take on. ...
(New York Times)
  1. Zapatero Follows EU Allies in Pledging Law on Budget Rules
  2. Zapatero proposes constitutional limit on deficit
  3. Zapatero Aims to Enshrine Spain Budget Rules in Constitution

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Spain to vote next month on EU bailout changes
2011-08-08
The vote will be held next month even though Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero last week urged European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso to press eurozone countries to act quickly on the reforms agreed July 21 at an EU summit. ...
(Sacramento Bee)
  1. US, Spain leaders urge united action on economy
  2. Obama calls Zapatero, Berlusconi to discuss economic crisis in Europe
  3. Obama calls Spanish, Italian leaders over debt crisis, Syria

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Eurozone Seeks to Stop Greek Spillover (10)
2011-07-11
Eurozone seeks to stop Greek spillover (AP via Yahoo! News, San Francisco Chronicle, seattlepi.com, Bay News 9 Tampa Bay, Deseret News)
Eurozone seeks to stop crisis from reaching Italy (The Oregonian, AP via Yahoo! News)
Eurozone seeks to stop market tensions over Greek debt from spilling over into Italy (Brandon Sun, The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
Excerpt: European officials tried Monday to prevent the eurozone's debt crisis from spilling over into bigger economies such as Italy and Spain, as disagreements delayed a second bailout for... (Read article)

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Eurozone Seeks to Stop (10)
2011-07-11
Eurozone seeks to stop crisis from reaching Italy (The Oregonian, AP via Yahoo! News)
Eurozone seeks to stop Greek spillover (AP via Yahoo! News, San Francisco Chronicle, seattlepi.com, Bay News 9 Tampa Bay, Deseret News)
Eurozone seeks to stop market tensions over Greek debt from spilling over into Italy (Brandon Sun, The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
Excerpt: European officials tried Monday to prevent the eurozone's debt crisis from spilling over into bigger economies such as Italy and... (Read article)

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Spain's Rubalcaba Launches Election Campaign (6)
2011-07-09
Spain's Rubalcaba launches election campaign (WFMJ Youngstown, Washington Examiner, WMDT Salisbury, The San Francisco Examiner, AP via Yahoo! News)
Spain's Rubalcaba Launches Election Campaign (OfficialWire)
Excerpt: The 82nd Mid-Summer Classic will be played July 12 at Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista, was the top vote-getter... (Read article)

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Killer Bug Outbreak (5)
2011-06-04
Killer bug outbreak 'stabilises', death toll at 19 (AFP via Yahoo! Canada News)
Killer bug outbreak 'stabilises' (Sydney Morning Herald, Northern Star, News Mail)
Killer E. coli bug outbreak 'stabilises' (Perth Now)
Excerpt: A puzzling outbreak of E. coli poisoning that has now spread to 12 countries appears to be stabilising, a senior German doctor said, as the death toll rose to... (Read article)

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Germany Weighing EU Aid to Spanish Farmers (2)
2011-06-03
Spain: Germany weighing EU aid to Spanish farmers (WFMJ Youngstown, Erie Times-News)
Excerpt: HOWLAND, Ohio - Anissa Klein doesn't have any wrinkles to worry about, but she's hoping a hydra-lift treatment will help her skin stay tight and... (Read article)

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Cucumber Slur (6)
2011-06-02
Spain to seek damages for cucumber slur (News.com.au)
Spain to seek damages over cucumber slur (Channel NewsAsia, Straits Times)
Spain to seek damages over cucumber slur: Zapatero (Sin Chew Jit Poh)
Excerpt: SPAIN will seek compensation after a deadly bacteria outbreak in Germany was wrongly blamed on Spanish cucumbers, Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero... (Read article)

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Earthquake Victims (9)
2011-05-20
Spain holds funeral Mass for Lorca earthquake victims (Deutsche Welle)
Funerals for Spanish earthquake victims (RTE News)
Grieving Spain mourns Lorca earthquake victims (Moldova.org)
Excerpt: Spain has mourned the nine victims of Wednesday's earthquake in the historic city of Lorca. The Spanish government is rushing to house homeless victims as thousands remain stranded in the... (Read article)

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Spain Mourns Quake Victims with Thousands Homeless (11)
2011-05-19
Spain mourns quake victims with thousands homeless (Arab Times, Agence France Presse via Yahoo! Canada News, AsiaOne, Bangkok Post - Thailand's English news, AFP News via Yahoo! Singapore News, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald)
Spain mourns quake victims, thousands homeless (Straits Times)
Thousands defy ban to demonstrate in Spain (WFMJ Youngstown, Washington Examiner, Boston Globe)
Excerpt: LORCA, Spain, May 13, 2011 (AFP) -Spain mourned on Friday the nine people killed after a 5.1-magnitude earthquake smashed through the historic southern city of Lorca, forcing thousands to flee their... (Read article)

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Topples Buildings (3)
2011-05-11
5.2 quake kills 10, topples buildings in Spain (Sydney Morning Herald)
Spain quake kills four, topples buildings (Brisbane Times)
Spanish quake kills 10, topples buildings (Adelaide Now)
Excerpt: A magnitude 5.2 quake killed at least 10 people in southern Spain on Wednesday, sending buildings crashing down as panicked residents fled for their... (Read article)