Originally Posted by muriel
I am sure that is being very positively by the Court.
I watched Pedro Sánchez’s investiture debate on Saturday and Tuesday in the Spanish parliament and I must say I was surprised with the overt atttacks on the King . Even more surprisingly, Mr Sánchez, the prime minister nominated by the King , not only refrained from defending the monarch against the attacks of the separatist and ultra-leftist parties , but actually had the audacity in his final intervention of quoting the last president of the Second Spanish Republic, which prompted a reaction from the center-right and far-right benches with cries of “ Viva el Rey”.
I don’t think the monarchy is in any immediate danger, but the polarization seen in the debate, where several speakers ( on both sides, including the far right Vox party) used language reminiscent of the Civil War era, is scary. And the Sánchez’s government, in coalition with the communists and neoleftists of Unidas Podemos, and backed by the Catalan and Basque separatists, was invested with a ( simple) majority of only two votes, which does not bode well for the stability of this parliament.
EDIT: Following Sánchez’s intervention, Pablo Casado, the leader of the main center-right party (PP), praised the King as the symbol of the continuity of the State ( or something like that, I.don’t remember his exact words) and new cries of “ Viva el Rey” were heard from the opposition benches. Curiously, the leader of the ( more moderate ) Basque Nationalist Party ( PNV), who voted to invest Sánchez as PM, accused the opposition of endangering the political neutrality of the Crown by suggesting that the Crown was siding with the opposition against a coalition government that the right accuses of illegitimacy , which is legally incorrect, not least because, under the constitution, it was the King himself who charged Mr Sánchez with the task of forming that government. An interesting debate indeed !