The surprise victor of Spain's general election immediately made clear he wants to change his country's direction in international affairs.
Mr Zapatero wasted no time before setting out his views
Here are excerpts from Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's victory speech on Sunday night, and a radio interview and a news conference on Monday.
"Wars such as those which have occurred in Iraq only allow hatred, violence and terror to proliferate."
"The occupation of Iraq was ill-conducted and that's why I have said clearly in recent months that, unless there
is a change in that the United Nations take control and the occupiers give up political control, Spanish troops
will come back, and the limit for their presence there is
"Mr Blair and Mr Bush must do some reflection and
self-criticism... One cannot bomb a people by chance, one cannot lead a war with lies, one cannot accept that."
"The war in Iraq was a huge disaster, the occupation continues to be a huge disaster: It only generated
more violence and hatred and the lesson has to be learned."
"The military intervention was a political error for the
international order, for the search for cooperation, for
the defence of the United States...
"It divided more than it united, there were no reasons
for it, time has shown that the arguments for it lacked
credibility and the occupation has been managed badly."
'Change' in Europe
"(The election) will produce changes in Europe and internationally because the European divisions, in what was called 'old' and 'new' Europe, were possible because Spain, a medium-important country in the European Union, has an absolute subservience to George Bush's politics.
[The election result] will obviously change a very important power balance in Europe, and... the international order will also change because numerous countries will feel much stronger and supported [on their views].
"And I think that the position of the Socialist government in Spain, will reflect on the American elections in November and on the fight between Bush and Kerry."
'Spaniards wanted change'
"My government, from day one, will try and I hope will
succeed in recovering magnificent relations with France, with Germany and with all the countries of the European Union."
"My intention is to form a government alone and have
dialogue and agreement with almost all the political parties."
"Spaniards... have always shown great maturity and great common sense when it comes to voting."
"In Spain there was a desire for change, because there had been a government that had done things badly... And it was not any change: it was a very clear, very emphatic change."