Spain's PM-elect faces 'important decisions': EU
The European Commission on Monday applauded Spanish Conservative leader Mariano Rajoy for his election victory and said he faced important decisions amid one of the eurozone's toughest periods.
"You have received a clear and strong support from the Spanish people at an important time for both Spain and the European Union," said European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso.
"We are confronted with one of the most demanding periods of recent decades and this will require important decisions to be taken," he said.
"In doing so, I am confident that you will preserve the strong European tradition of the Spanish governments and will actively contribute to the European project."
Extending the "warmest congratulations" to Rajoy, Barroso said he looked forward to welcoming the next Spanish prime minister at the EU Commission "very soon."
Rajoy's Popular Party won by its biggest margin ever in Sunday's election after promising to ease Spain's 21.5-percent jobless rate and rescue it from the eurozone debt crisis.
© 2011 AFP