José García-Margallo y Marfil

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is García-Margallo and the second or maternal family name is Marfil.
José García-Margallo y Marfil
Ministro Exteriores-Garcia Margallo en octubre de 2013.jpg
José Manuel García-Margallo, 2013
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation
Incumbent
Assumed office
22 December 2011
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy
Preceded by Trinidad Jiménez
Personal details
Born José Manuel García-Margallo y Marfil
(1944-08-13) 13 August 1944 (age 70)
Madrid, Spain
Nationality Spanish
Political party People's Party
Other political
affiliations
European People's Party
Alma mater
Occupation Politician, lawyer and economist

José Manuel García-Margallo y Marfil (born 13 August 1944) is a Spanish politician and is currently Spain's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.

Previously he was Member of the European Parliament with the People's Party, part of the European People's Party and vice-chair of the European Parliament's Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs. He was also a substitute for the Committee on International Trade and a vice-chair of the Delegation for relations with the countries of Central America.

Early life and education[edit]

He was born in Madrid. In 1960, García-Margallo joined the Young Spanish Monarchists. He graduated in law in 1965 from the University of Deusto in Bilbao and subsequently worked as a tax inspector, receiving a master's degree in law from Harvard University in 1972.

During General Francisco Franco's Spanish dictatorship, García-Margallo's family was active in their support of him. This influenced a young Garcia-Margallo and in his adult life he, like many other extreme right-wing sympathizers, was absorbed into the supposed center-right People's Party.

Political career[edit]

In 1976, he was one of the founding members of the right-wing (or center-right) People's Party (Partido Popular), a party unrelated to the current party of the same name. In 1977, that party joined others in forming the Union of the Democratic Centre, a coalition which won the first democratic elections of the modern era in Spain and formed the government from 1977 to 1982. At the 1977 election, he was elected to the Spanish Congress of Deputies as member for the single member district of Melilla[1] and was re-elected in 1979, although he lost his seat at the 1982 election to the PSOE. After the UCD disbanded in 1983, he joined the Democratic Popular Party (Partido Demócrata Popular/PDP) and returned to the Congress at the 1986 election as member for Valencia Province, retaining his seat until 1994 when he resigned after being elected to the European Parliament.[2]

On 22 December 2011, he was inaugurated as the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.[3]

He has been severely criticized at home and abroad for being too right-wing in his policies even though the People's Party claims to be a center-right organization[citation needed].

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