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.
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.
The rotating presidency of the European Union could be a chance for Zapatero to boost his international profile. But with Spain still in deep economic crisis, is its prime minister really the man to lead Europe out of recession?