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22nd Oct 2018

Spanish wedding turned into a political affair

Four prime ministers, the Spanish royal family, magnates of finance, media tycoons, top models, and Spain’s political elite attended the thousand-people wedding of Ana Aznar, the daughter of Spanish prime minister José Maria Aznar, who married the former assistant to her father, Alejandro Agag.

British prime minister Tony Blair and Italian premier Silvio Belusconi, political friends of Mr Azar with whom he sought to forge a new power alliance in EU, served as witnesses during the ceremony. The guest list mirrors the political alliances of Spain Mr Aznar intends to fuel.

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The former rising star of Mr Aznar’s Popular Party, Mr Agag, allegedly proposed to Miss Aznar, 20, in her father’s offices. Although he has left his party duties to work for a Portuguese bank, Mr Agag, 31, is still seen as a future powerful player on the Spanish political scene. His wedding was by itself as a political come-back for Mr Agag.

Alternative to the faltering Franco-German motor

The proud father, Mr Aznar, invited the political elite to attend his daughter’s wedding. Tony Blair came to Madrid directly from Johannesburg, where he attended the Earth Summit, and Silvio Berlusconi left Rome before a crucial conservative prime ministers’ summit in his residence, in Sardinia.

The presence of Mr Blair and Mr Berlusconi on the list of 20 witnesses, among many Spanish ministers and few family members, is not accidental. Mr Aznar has developed a close relationship with Mr Blair, and recently Mr Berlusconi joined them to form an axis seeking to offer an alternative to the faltering Franco-German motor, who traditionally pushed forward the European Union.

Leaders of Spain, UK and Italy have become a power triangle in Europe, pressing for economic liberalisation and modernisation, strong anti-immigration laws, and sharing common views on the future of Europe.

The marriage may well be based on love; the wedding has become a political affair.

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