José Zapatero Keynote Speaker

  • Prime Minister of Spain (2004-11)
  • Re-shaped the Spanish political landscape through his radical policies
  • Highly respected and popular statesman

José Zapatero's Biography

José Zapatero was elected as Prime Minister of Spain in the 2004 and 2008 general elections, having been a member of the Lower House of the Spanish Parliament since 1986.

Zapatero’s administration carried out several notable policies. In the international arena these included the withdrawal of Spanish troops from the Iraq War; the increase of Spanish troops in Afghanistan, and the formation of the concept of an Alliance of Civilisations. The latter was co-sponsored by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and was adopted as an official United Nations programme in 2007.

Zapatero’s government also carried out far-reaching reforms domestically, including the legalisation of same-sex marriage; reform of abortion law; the increase of tobacco restrictions; and reform of various statutes pertaining to the autonomous regions, particularly the Statute of Catalonia.

In addition, Zapatero’s administration established the Sustainable Economy Bill, which aimed to turn Spain’s productive model (characterised by high dependence on labour-intensive activities, especially in the construction sector), towards a model that rewards high added-value, technology-intensive activities.

Zapatero’s second term as Prime Minister also saw the 2011 ceasefire by the Basque separatist movement ETA.

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Videos of José Zapatero

At the World Leaders Forum (2010)
At the World Leaders Forum (2010)
A Worldview interview with José Zapatero (2011; English Subtitles)
A Worldview interview with José Zapatero (2011; English Subtitles)

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