SPAIN: The Admiral Steers to Starboard

He is, by all accounts, the very model of a modern Spanish admiral. Which is to say that Admiral Luis Carrero Blanco, Spain's new President, is a conservative to the roots of his beetle brows.

In presenting his new Cabinet last week for the approval of the country's venerable Chief of State Francisco Franco, 80, he proved precisely that.

Gone was outward-looking Foreign Minister Gregorio López Bravo, replaced by politically conservative, economically adventurous Laureano López Rodó, formerly Minister of Planning and Development. Out was Interior Minister Tomás Garicano Goñi; replacing him was...

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