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I also believe that the monarchy is safe these days do not come so many republican demonstrations as before King Juan Carlos abdication. The future is uncertain, but I believe that the monarchy is not at risk at the moment.
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And in general the hopeless situation Spain was in, the unprecended depths of the economic crisis (which was a true crash in Spain) has now settled somewhat. The economy starts running again, however still a long way to go, the majority of the Spaniards will see that the bottom has been passed and it is going up again. When I was in Andalucía this summer, I really could see the difference from my visits in 2014, 2013, 2012: more activity, more economic buzz, more energy. When Spain advances as a whole, of course there is little need to look for a figurehead like the head-of-state as a scapegoat and blame it all to him or her.
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Old 12-28-2015, 02:06 PM
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I don't think that JC has ever been blamed for the crisis as such, he's no politician and neither is Felipe. I think the SRF was only dragged into the crisis shaming (being booed etc) because of Noos/Cristina/Inaki.
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Well, also without Noos, "Madrid" was the evil genius. It was "Madrid" which came with draconic cuts, it was "Madrid" which forced people to work longer for their pensions, it was "Madrid" which raised the taxed and in return sobered public services, and "Madrid" that is the Government, the Parliament, the Central Bank, the King.

In the 1980's and 1990's Spain experienced a never-seen economic boom. The Spanish version of the Wirtschaftswunder. It all culminated in major achievements as the amazing Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències in Valencia (1991), the Olympic Games of Barcelona (1992), the World Expo 1992 in Sevilla, the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia (1996), the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao (1997), the start of the AVE, the high-speed rail network crossing all Spain in the 1990's, etc. The general welfare and economic position of Spain raised and raised and raised and came on par with average West-European standards. Spaniards were never so rich as back then.

In those years the popularity of Don Juan Carlos was at an all-time high. So it works both ways: when Spain advances well, it will do good for the King. When Spain is in a deep crisis, it will affect the King too, as he always embodies "Madrid" which has to run and manage the country.
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Old 01-08-2016, 09:08 AM
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Catalan councillors summoned over passport-size portrait that belittles Spanish king - Telegraph
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The members of a pro-independence town council in Catalonia have been summoned before a judge after a complaint was lodged over the unusually small size of the obligatory photograph of the king hanging in their assembly hall.
While the norm is for a poster-size portrait of the Spanish monarch to preside over public spaces, the image of King Felipe VI in Torredembarra is no larger than a passport photograph.

I have to say that it is surprising to learn about "the obligatory photograph of the king" in democratic Spain.
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Old 01-17-2016, 10:22 AM
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Carles Puigdemont impulsó ‘quitar’ a Leonor el tÃ*tulo de Princesa de Girona

The new regional president of Catalonia, Charles Puigdemont, wants to remove the title 'Princess of Girona' from Leonor de Borbon, heiress presumptive to the Spanish throne.

Only a week ago Puigdemont was sworn into office, carefully avoiding swearing loyalty to Spain.
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How petty. Doesn't he have other things to do? Also: does he have the power for such a thing? Isnt the title a perogative of the crown?
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Old 01-17-2016, 11:38 AM
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It is just a historic title of the royal dynasty. Like Duke of Brabant, Prince of Wales or Duke of Nassau. It has no real meaning anymore. Petty indeed and hopefully it will backlash on Señor Puigdemont to target a little girl with his bullies.
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As far as I can remember he has no competence over the title. Titles belong to the Crown and are just symbols. Remember that only the King could take away the Duchy of Palma from Cristina.

This is another try to get attention.
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I have to say that it is surprising to learn about "the obligatory photograph of the king" in democratic Spain.
Is it? In democratic France the photo of M François Hollande is obligatory in buildings of the state. In the USA you will see the photo of Mr Barack Obama in buildings of the state. The picture symbolizes the bond with the head of state, that is really not that surprising, I must say. Du moment a democratic majority votes for another head of state, then we will see his/her photo in certain venues indeed.
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Is it? In democratic France the photo of M François Hollande is obligatory in buildings of the state. In the USA you will see the photo of Mr Barack Obama in buildings of the state.
both Heads of State have been elected by the public ...
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both Heads of State have been elected by the public ...
That is no difference. When a majority of the people wants to get rid of a monarchy, it will happen. Plenty of examples. When a majority of the people is satisfied with a monarchy, it will not happpen. In both cases, a portrait of the head of state in buildings from the state is pretty normal.

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Old 01-17-2016, 12:27 PM
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How petty. Doesn't he have other things to do? Also: does he have the power for such a thing? Isnt the title a perogative of the crown?

Leonor uses the title of Princess of Girona as the heir(ess) to the Crown of Aragon, which has been absorbed into the Crown of Spain. Likewise, she is Princess of Asturias as the heir to the Crown of Castile and Princess of Viana as the heir to the Crown of Navarra. The title of Princess of Girona does not belong to the city of Girona per se and is not under its jurisdiction. The mayor's actions, if he had succeeded, would have been inocuous anyway.
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Is it? In democratic France the photo of M François Hollande is obligatory in buildings of the state. In the USA you will see the photo of Mr Barack Obama in buildings of the state. The picture symbolizes the bond with the head of state, that is really not that surprising, I must say. Du moment a democratic majority votes for another head of state, then we will see his/her photo in certain venues indeed.
Your retort is quite odd.
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As far as I can remember he has no competence over the title. Titles belong to the Crown and are just symbols. Remember that only the King could take away the Duchy of Palma from Cristina.

This is another try to get attention.
That's what I was thinking also Annie,it all sounds so juvenile and surely he has more pressing issues to deal with.
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Think the recent controversy of the Kings of Spain will harm the Spanish monarchy?
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Think the recent controversy of the Kings of Spain will harm the Spanish monarchy?
Well, its a huge image blow, thats for certain. Its a serious blunder to the strategy of the royal house to give the monarchy an untainted image, distancing themselves from everything that is possibly related to corruption.

Now we see leaked an embarrassing imessage conversation between the Kings where they - especially the Queen, in foul language, labels the newspaper, that has published an article about alleged criminal activities of her friend as s**t and even encourages her friend instead of being cautions and not going on record with statements (even though private). And this from a woman who was a former journalist herself and now represents an institution that stands for morality and impartiality more than anything else.

And because this friendship went well past this conversation despite the allegations, people believe that this is a case of 'preaching this while doing that', appearing in public cleaner than clean, wearing no jewellery and kicking out the sister and inlaw while in private mingling with the upper social class that can't differentiate between entitlement and wrongdoing.

This will not bring down the monarchy, but it will not make it more popular either, the image damage is enourmous, especially because the messages are so authenic, straight out of the 'real' life of the kings, and not from the 'acting appearances' we usually se at events.

There are hundreds of articles in the newspapers, the term 'compiyogui' has set trends on twitter.

The vast majority of articles are very negative and even those who try to understand the human aspect of it (Javier being a friend, Letizia the victim of gossip press) critizise the obvious naivity and misjudgment of the situation with regard to what the family has been dealing with for years (scandals, leaked information etc etc). They should have known so much better, its certainly not a case of making a mistake and not doing it again in the future as there have been so many mistakes within the family already.

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Old 03-12-2016, 07:43 AM
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Obviously a damage to the image of the monarchy, a stone on the way for Felipe and an object of criticism and joke for Letizia.

The Royal House will have to work hard to overcome this blow, and it is not easy.

It is a terribly difficult time in which they are also very pressured by the political situation. No shortage of theories of those who think that this is a way to pressure the king in his decision making.

But also because the Royal House has a huge problem of helplessness in these situations. This information comes from legal proceedings that are open and have not been tried yet ... any explanation they can give, can be interpreted as a intromission of the Royal House in judicial proceedings.

But there is also an ethical issue. A republican newspaper, publishes a totally private message, which is partial and may be out of context, because it knows that will generate criticism and polemic, at a time when public opinion is very sensitive to certain issues. These private messages have appeared casually is a judicial inquiry, and are leaked to the press by someone who obviously has an interest in doing harm, or use them as a defense. Is it ethical to publish private messages obtained unethically? And they know that the Royal House will not be able to defend because it is a judicial process under investigation.

Diego Torres has been a good teacher, and the press followed his game knowing that the emails have no legal validity and were a defense strategy to try to save himself... and now others follow the same game.
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Here's a summary of the situation in English:

Spanish royal family: Spanish royals sent sympathy texts to exec involved in credit card scandal | In English | EL PAÍS

Certainly extremely damaging to the image of F&L who had, quite miraculously, managed to keep themselves personally separate somehow from the difficulties of JC and the former Duke and Duchess of Palma.

Out of interest, what does 'compiyogui' mean?
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