After reshuffle of Spanish cabinet, José Manuel Albares takes over as new Foreign Minister

On July 10, 2021, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced a significant reshuffle of his coalition government, which is expected to be in place until the end of the current term of office in 2024.

The new Spanish government is composed of 23 ministers (14 women and nine men), which includes three Deputy Prime Ministers or Vice-Presidents of the government. The Spanish Minister of Economic Affairs and Digitalization, Nadia Calviño, has been appointed as First Vice-President of the government becoming Sánchez’s top aide. The left-wing Podemos party’s leader, Yolanda Díaz, is Second Vice-President of the Government and Minister of Labor; and Teresa Ribera is Third Vice-President of the Government and Minister of Ecological Transition.

Among other changes, Sánchez has appointed the Spanish ambassador in Paris, France, José Manuel Albares, as the new Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation. Albares, who is a diplomat who worked as Sánchez’s office Director General for International Affairs from 2018-2020, will take over from Arancha González Laya as head of the Spanish diplomacy and development cooperation. In his first public remarks as Foreign Minister, Albares reiterated that Spain will continue to champion global efforts to tackle climate change and to foster gender equality.  

News article – El País (in Spanish)

Press release – MAUC (in Spanish)