López Bravo, Gregorio

López Bravo, Gregorio

(grāgō`rēō lō`pāth brä`vō), 1923–85, Spanish politician. He entered government service in 1959, serving as director-general of foreign trade to Dec., 1960, director-general of the Spanish Institute of Foreign Currency (1960–62), and minister of industry (1962–69). A member of Opus DeiOpus Dei
[Lat.,=work of God], Roman Catholic organization, particularly influential in Spain, officially the Prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei. Opus Dei was founded in 1928 by a wealthy lawyer turned priest, José María Escrivá de Balaguer y
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 and one of the nonpolitical technocrats who contributed to the Spanish economic miracle of the 1960s, he became minister of foreign affairs in 1969. López Bravo was relieved of that post in June, 1973, because of right-wing opposition to his quest for closer relations with Communist countries, the United States, and Western Europe.
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