Jos Mara Aznar – Biography of Jos Mara Aznar

He was born on February 25, 1953, in Spain. He is a notorious politician. Law degree from the Complutense University of Madrid.

Becomes the fourth Prime Minister that Spain has had, according to 1978 Constitution. He currently chairs the Foundation for Analysis and Social Studies (FAES).

His grandfather is Manuel Aznar Zubigaray, who was a Navarrese journalist, politician and diplomat; also son of the journalist Manuel Aznar Acedo. He was a member of the Trade Union Student Front (FES). He was also one of the detractors of the Franco regime.

He was a Treasury official and as State Finance Inspector (1976), he devoted himself to the politics of the conservative Alianza Popular party. Got married with Ana Maria Botella Serrano.

He was deputy for Ávila (1982/1986), and the following year he was president of the Junta de Castilla y León. Once again he ran for the head of the executive in the elections of June 6, 1993. Two years later, when he was in charge as head of the opposition suffered an attack by the terrorist group ETA; however, it was not damaged due to the armor of the car.

On March 3, 1996, the Popular Party became the main bench, although it did not have the majority of support, being 156 out of 350. After conversations with other parties, the May 4, 1996, becoming the new President of the Government of Spain.

In the economic sphere, Spain managed to finish the year 1997 with the duties done to be able to enter the Monetary Union on January 1, 1999. Having inflation of 2%, a deficit below Maastricht and interest below 5%.

Spain would receive more than half of the funds, and it would even be the European Union country that receives the most money from the Cohesion Fund. Reducing unemployment about 7 points in a time of 4 years.

The Kyoto Protocol was signed (1998), despite being against the president on anthropogenic climate change. In addition, the emissions of Greenhouse gases in Spain were increasing above 2000, 32.7% which is the maximum that is allowed.

The end of Compulsory Military Service was reported in 1996. In addition, between 1996 and 1999 Spain was integrated with the militia of the NATO and in the European Union.

After his retirement from the government he came to preside over the Foundation for Analysis and Social Studies (FAES). Said organization came to own 7.6 million euros. He was also appointed honorary president of the Popular Party and participant in the Council of State.

In 2006 he was appointed member of the Board of Directors of the News Corporation group, which had a neo-conservative line. Currently (2010) Aznar receives 220 thousand dollars a year from said entity for that charge.

In 2009, it was reported that Aznar would not attend the denialist summit, which was not welcomed by the Popular Party.