PositionSpanish EU Council Presidency - Brief article

The Spanish EU Council Presidency will have the tough job of implementing the institutional provisions of the Lisbon Treaty and figuring out just where it fits in between the two new heads of the EU - European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and High Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton. Under these circumstances, and in spite of comments reported in the press, its watchwords are modesty and coordination.

Deputy Premier and government spokeswoman Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega explained to European journalists, on 7 January in Madrid, that now is not the time to try "to play the leader's role but rather to act as a Union". Her country is maintaining "close contacts"...

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