Un diplomático sin carrera política

Rajoy raided Brussels to appoint a new foreign minister, Alfonso Dastis: a former ambassador to the EU, an EU expert and the advisor who has accompanied the PM at all summits in Brussels.

The move hints that Rajoy is not satisfied with Spain’s influence in Europe and that he wants to have a bigger say in the Brexit negotiations.

“Dastis is the man for the job in terms of knowledge,” said Ignacio Molina, an analyst at Real Instituto Elcano, a think tank. But he warned that the new man will have to overcome his lack of weight in Rajoy’s Popular Party and his lack of experience in a political post.

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