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Old 04-14-2013, 02:55 PM
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Thousands demonstrate against Spanish royal family - Telegraph

I don't think the Spanish monarchy will go now, because of the scandals. At some point it might go as one of the first monarchies though, but only for the same reason all others will follow suit sooner or later: it is not democratic. The idea that people will inherit such an elite/priviledged position regardless of qualification and only because they were born into the 'right' family will only survive in dictatorships, not in democracies imo.
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As discussed, 8000 isn´t that much.
Given the last 12 months news and scandals, it is not really surprising, whereas I do not see a drama here - yet.
Annus Horribilis for Spain, but things will change as well..... so let´s wait and see, what the next 12 months will bring.
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8000 is bad enough to start with in my opinion,its not good news what ever way we look at it,it could be double next time if the scandals get any worse.
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Old 04-14-2013, 03:40 PM
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but apparently they would have been there anyway for their annual march. These are republicans on their annual march - it isnt the "people" taking to the streets.

The SRF have time to sort this out. And business as usual is the best approach I think.
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but apparently they would have been there anyway for their annual march. These are republicans on their annual march - it isnt the "people" taking to the streets.

The SRF have time to sort this out. And business as usual is the best approach I think.
Its still not good as its more bad publicity for the Spanish Royal family,but I agree business as usual is the best approach and I'm hoping the king can work some of his former magic!
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As discussed, 8000 isn´t that much.
Given the last 12 months news and scandals, it is not really surprising, whereas I do not see a drama here - yet.
Annus Horribilis for Spain, but things will change as well..... so let´s wait and see, what the next 12 months will bring.
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8000. Rather a disappointing number for a hot blooded people like the Spanish. I watched much more exciting protests when the previous government brought in austerity measures. Those crowds were large and had passion for their cause. If after all the bad publicity the republican movement can only get 8000 people to attend their annual march I am much more confident in the ability of the SRF to survive.
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Queen Ena died on this day in 1969,I wonder what she'd make of all this
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Old 04-16-2013, 02:14 PM
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King Carlos Should Abdicate in Favour of Prince Felipe

I do hope that King Carlos makes an announcement that he would abdicate in favour of Prince Felipe "in due course". This decision may help to calm the disruptive mood of the Spanish people. Many kings and Czars have made the mistake by holding on to power instead of passing the throne to a heir or a member of the royal family favourable for the office. This mistake have caused them to loose their Crown and Throne and even banishment from their dear country. King Carlos looks aged and tired. He will do the remaining Monarch countries a good deed by stepping aside for his son. The earlly years in the last century, several countries ruled by Kings, Czars and Queens came tumbling down like dominoes.

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Old 04-16-2013, 10:07 PM
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Experience is our best teacher. History is has a revolving door. Even the British Royal Establishment is on shaky ground.
Dont you think you are the only one in 7 billion+ people on earth who thinks this way..that too at this moment..
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AGREED. Juan Carlos is being a bit stubborn at the moment, he has a great chance to bring up the approval of the Spanish Royal Family. Is he afraid of losing power? What is it? One thing I have noticed is that their royal budget is getting lower and lower.
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I think the monarchy could survive but it also depends on court decision about Inaki.
I think if Felipe and Letizia become king and queen situation will be better.
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I think the monarchy could survive but it also depends on court decision about Inaki.
I think if Felipe and Letizia become king and queen situation will be better.
King Juan Carlos might just surprise everybody and abdicate before this year is over. As will King Albert of Belgium I think...
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I hope his majesty will make a decision that would be the best for the country and for the royal family.
I also don't think that king Albert of the Belgians would abdicate in a near future, not with the education reform crises.
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Old 06-15-2013, 09:44 AM
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Juan Carlos IS the Spanish monarchy. He defined it. There is no history like in Britain or Denmark, where there was always a King. Juan Carlos transformed dictatorship into democracy, its is only that Franco had to chose a Borbon as successor to have support for his regime, not so much that the monarchy was to be re-installed. He could have chosen anybody else to continue after him, and this person may have taken the same choice as JC did.

If you travel to Britain or Sweden for example, you see all kind of postcards or merchandise regarding the royal family, in Spain you see nothing. The monarchy is not visible in everyday life and there is the impression that people simply do not care for such an outdated system as the monarchy.

If Juan Carlos goes, and I strongly believe that he only goes when he is either dead or his mind is completely gone - he won't go for physical reasons - Felipe may reign, but it will not be because there is overwhelming support for him but because from a political point of view, the system is too difficult to change.
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King Juan Carlos will not abdicate. He has started an image campaign, focussing on his role as moderator or arbitrator between functions of the institutions.
El rey Juan Carlos se niega a abdicar y se marca una campaa de imagen
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Dear fellow bloggers.
Any news in the Spanish media about the Belgian abdication, synopsis in English please, would be much appreciated.

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King Juan Carlos will not abdicate. He has started an image campaign, focussing on his role as moderator or arbitrator between functions of the institutions.
El rey Juan Carlos se niega a abdicar y se marca una campaa de imagen
Agree with you there Duke,and his health is improving so we will probably see more and more of His Majesty over the next few months.
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Hola has a written some information regarding the boos directed at some public events to some members of the Spanish Royal Family, including the Queen and the Prince of Asturias, the King's House, considers "legitimate" citizens to express their disagreement with the institutions, but "bother "to be a" lack of education ".

On May 30, the public who attended an opera at the Liceu in Barcelona whistled and uttered cries against Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia to its entry into the enclosure, and more recently, on June 22, Queen was greeted with whistles at another concert at the National Auditorium.
I think that the Spanish Royals are not suffering from the errors in the past, the King's German friend, Inaki's... there is not an "improvement" of the image of the Crown...for the contrary they are lossing support and followers
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The Palace is not concerned by recent booing of the Royal Family at several events

Zarzuela no está preocupada, pero sí molesta, por los abucheos a la Familia Real
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This should be the next monarchy to be abolished in my opinion. It is obvious that the people are not thrilled with the SRF and you know, maybe its time for a huge change. Only my opinion of course. All I know is you wont get any tears from me if it ever does happen.
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