After the amnesty and the “right to self-determination”, the next period of investiture partners in Pedro Sánchez This is the question of Monarchy. The naturalness and modesty shown in the Princess Eleanor, first of his time at the Zaragoza Military Academy and last Thursday during the military parade on October 12, he earned the applause of a good part of the Spaniards. Something that predicts future continuity for the institution of the Crown.
But Princess Leonor will find a very different panorama on October 31, when she goes to the Congress of Deputies to swear the Constitution, at the age of 18: a good part of Sánchez’s investiture partners will leave the Chamber to show their rejection of the Monarchy.
Podemos, IU, Comromís (now merged with Sumar), ERC and Bildu have repeatedly demanded a referendum for Spain to become a “plurinational Republic”.
To do this, they can seek the complicity of the current president of the Congress of Deputies, the socialist Francina Armengol, who in 2018, during her time as president of managementin favor of Parliament The Balearic Islands admitted for processing an initiative from Podemos in the same sense: “Everything can be debated”, argued.
Armengol said these words just a few minutes after being received by the court Felipe VI at the Marivent Palace, in Palma de Mallorca. Previously, in 2014, he defended within the PSOE the ease of organizing a referendum on the Monarchy with “broad constitutional reform.” Spanish society has “sufficient democratic maturity”, he argued, to resolve this debate “without haste, with common sense.”
King Felipe VI with the president of Congress, Francina Armengol, this Friday at Zarzuela Palace. Eph
For its part, although it is the most moderate of Sánchez’s colleagues, in March the PNV approved, together with Bildu and Podemos, in the Parliament of Vitoria, a non-law proposal, which requires a reform of the Constitution so that the Spain became a Republic, as the first step to obtain “the recognition of the plurinational character of the State, and the right of the people to decide”.
The independentists of the Junts, ERC and Bildu know that the Monarchy is the last dam that guarantees the unity of Spain, as confirmed in the speech of Felipe VI on October 3, 2017, after the 1-O referendum: “you are not alone”, he told the hundreds of thousands of Catalans from whom Puigdemont’s Government is trying to take away their rights as Spaniards.
Since that date, the Monarchy has been the priority goal of Catalan and Basque independenceists. As the representative spokesperson of the ERC, Teresa Jordà, appeared again during the failed debate on the investiture of Alberto Núñez Feijóo.
The “highest” institution of the State “is still occupied by family of thieves and corrupt”said Jordà in his speech in reference to the Bourbons.
As for the leaders of Podemos, need to regain a certain prominence to escape ostracism where Yolanda Diaz defeated them within Sumar, they decided to use Feijóo’s investiture as a battering ram against Felipe VI.
The spokesman of Podemos, Pablo Fernández, demanded that the monarch was “accountable” and he was accused of “bourboning” for proposing Feijóo as a candidate for investiture, without the necessary votes for him to continue (nor the socialist candidate Pedro Sánchez for now).
“This is the biggest interference of the Monarchy in a parliamentary process since 1923,” said another Podemos leader.
The leader of Sumar and acting vice president of the Government, Yolanda Díaz, has decided to distance herself from these hardline positions of Podemos. It wasn’t always like this. In 2014 he defended on television in the Galician region that Spain needs “a constituent process for the third Republic.” And he regrets that “Spain does not have the historical, deep, civil luck of who was beheaded, who killed a king”.
A Yolanda Díaz le gustaría "sumar" con la guillotina…
Así lamentaba en 2014 no tener "la suerte histórica y profunda, civil, de haber cortado la cabeza, guillotinado, a un rey": pic.twitter.com/w2lYQLeITS
— Eleutheria (@Eleutheria119) July 10, 2023
Although Sumar avoided this debate in the electoral program, those words of Yolanda Díaz are not far from the feelings of the majority of the 16 parties united in its coalition. “The Bourbons to the sharks“, wrote the acting minister Irene Montero on Twitter, before becoming the number 2 of Podemos.
“The worst enemy” of Felipe VI “is not the Republicans, but his father, his predecessor,” warned the leader of Más País, Íñigo Errejón, in February 2021. And a year later, on the occasion of visiting the Emeritus of Sanxenxo, he added: “Monarchies should be most interested in an unashamed Monarchy”.
I think monarchists should be most interested in a monarchy that does not cause shame: https://t.co/VXb4NoOwbk
— Íñigo Errejón (@ierrejon) May 22, 2022
Although he no longer has any judicial investigation open in Spain, after the regularization of his status in the Treasury, the financial scandals of the King Emeritus (exiled in Abu Dhabi since 2020) are the main battering ram used of the partners of the new “investiture bloc. ” against the Crown .
After the abdication of Juan Carlos I, MEPs from IU, Podemos, ERC, Bildu and Comromís signed a declaration in Brussels in June 2014, where they demanded a referendum to abolish the Monarchy. And in February 2020, a few weeks after supporting the inauguration of Pedro Sánchez as president, his colleagues from the ERC, Junts, Bildu and BNG again demanded the “dissolution” of the Monarchy in a joint demonstration at the Congress of Deputies.
According to the institutional declaration read by the spokesmen of these groups, the Catalan, Basque and Galician society “rejected by and large” the Monarchy, because it an “anachronistic institution, heir to Francoism” which denies the “civil, political and national rights” of these people and tries to impose “anti-democratic values” on them. King Felipe VI, the document added, “neither has the legitimacy of our people, nor do we recognize any political office.”
For Podemos (also part of Sumar), the father’s scandals are the excuse, but the problem is the role that the son, Felipe VI, is currently playing as the guarantor of the Constitution. The Royal House is an institution “designed to commit crimes”. , stated in May 2022 the secretary of institutional action of Podemos, María Teresa Pérez.
Spokesman Pablo Fernández spoke more clearly when he maintained that Felipe VI had become “the main obstacle to constitutional reform and for a progressive development in a republican spirit”.
Jaume Asens—who was instructed by Yolanda Díaz to negotiate with Puigdemont for Sanchez’s investiture after 23-J—then described the current monarch as “the king on the right and the rightmost”.
Sword of Bolívar
From the Government itself, Podemos tried to take advantage of the confinement due to the pandemic to organize, with little success, a daily casserole against the Monarchy, encouraged by the social networks of Juan Carlos Monedero. The purple party has also cyclically presented several initiatives in recent years in the Balearic Parliament to demand that the summer residence of the royal family, the palacio de Marivent, returned “to the town”.
And Podemos tried to provoke a diplomatic incident during the inauguration of Gustavo Petro, accusing Felipe VI of humiliating the people of Colombia by not standing up to the sword of Simón Bolívar, which is not considered an official symbol in the country. .
One of the ideologues of the purple party, the former deputy Pedro Honrubia, then regained on Twitter the old restriction of Pablo Iglesias and Yolanda Díaz: “You missed a good guillotine in the history of the Spanish State”.