Alejo Vidal-Quadras Roca
Alejo Vidal-Quadras Roca (born May 20, 1945 in Barcelona) is a Spanish Member of the European Parliament, and a radiation physicist. He was elected on the People's Party ticket and sits with the European People's Party group. On July 20, 2004 he was elected one of the 14 Vice-Presidents of the European Parliament.
The scion of some of the most prominent upper-crust families of his home city (which includes, among his ancestors, a relatively reputed painter and a prosperous slave dealer), Vidal-Quadras is unanimously described as belonging to the most conservative segment of his party. He is especially notorious for his visceral opposition to Catalanism in all of its forms—be it independentism, nationalism, regionalism or mild autonomism. His demeanor in this respect, during his stint as president of the Catalan branch of the PP, was controversial even among members of his own party; an infamous episode of this period was his comparison of the regional government's Catalan language policies with South African apartheid.
- Staff (12 April 2012). "El cambio de rumbo de Vidal-Quadras". La Voz de Barcelona (in Spanish). Retrieved 6 May 2012.
- "Alejo Vidal-Quadras :: Vicepresidente del Parlamento Europeo (PP) :: Personajes en Verdad o Mentira.com". periodistadigital.com (in Spanish). 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2012.
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