In contrast with the German government’s approach who have recently sent a junior civil servant to Budapest to head their diplomatic representation, Spain is pulling out its big guns to fight for the country’s interests in a strategic and ideological battleground that Hungary has become in recent years.
According to the newspaper El Mundo, the Spanish Council of Ministers will today confirm the destinations of several of the country’s new ambassadors. According to the paper, Foreign Minister José Manuel Albares has selected Alfonso Dastis as the one heading to Budapest.
Dastis, a member of the center-right People’s Party (PP) and the former head of Foreign Affairs of the government of Mariano Rajoy, will be ratified today at the Council of Ministers as ambassador to Hungary, a post he will receive after José Manuel Albares has proposed him for the position.
Dastis will accede to the post after having been ambassador in Rome, widely regarded as one of the most sought-after destinations in world diplomacy. The appointment of a PP affiliated diplomat from the center-right spectrum as the head of mission in Budapest confirms Albares’ determination to pursue good foreign relations, rather than try to change the foreign political landscape. This is in contrast with some other recent diplomatic appointments to Hungary, in which foreign governments have set out on a path of confrontation with the Orbán government by sending ambassadors openly critical of the Hungarian government’s decisions.
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