The foreign minister of Spain is formally a candidate for European Union diplomatic high representative. Miguel Angel Moratinos has already served under the EU flag, as special envoy for the Middle East. Jose Luis Rodrigues Zapatero put him up for the new foreign policy job late in the game, complicating the Swedish EU presidency’s task so soon before the designating summit.
Not all the EU states support Madrid’s detente policy towards Cuba, and that could count against Moratinos. Furthermore, Spain has not recognised Kosovo’s self-proclaimed independence, as most of the bloc has. And then, Spaniard Javier Solana has worn the foreign policy hat for the EU for years. Moratinos himself has not expressed unwavering enthusiasm for taking on the enlarged role.