At the start of Obama’s presidency it looked certain that Madrid would melt the transatlantic frost of previous years and build a strong relationship with the new US administration. But despite his efforts, Zapatero has so far benefited relatively little from courting the US leader.
Halfway through its six-month presidency of the European Union, Spain is struggling to score many positive marks at the helm of the 27-nation bloc. But given the tough political and economic circumstances, few observers should be surprised at the lacklustre performance.
Zapatero’s apparent rapport with Barack Obama has brought an end to the frost of the Bush years, marking the latest development in Spain’s association with the United States. It has been a complex relationship which has seen plenty of twists over the decades.