MADRID.- John Charles I, King Emeritus of Spain, got away with it, but only halfway. More than 650 days after your flight to abu dhabi harassed by his problems with the law the monarch returned to set foot on the Iberian Peninsula last Thursday. However, this does not mean that he has been exonerated by public opinion or that his figure has been rehabilitated. Your stay was enveloped by the controversy on social networks and within the political class.
In March, the Supreme Court prosecution filed the latest complaint due to the obscure origin of his fortune, opening the door for him to return to Spain. Now, in none of the open cases has justice declared Juan Carlos I innocent of the charges derived from scandals published in the pressbut because of the prescription of the crimes, their inviolability contained in the Constitution, or the fact of having regularized their situation with the tax authorities after having received the data from the start of the investigations into their assets.
The King Emeritus’ stay began Thursday in the town of Sanxenxo, Galicia, to attend a sailing regatta, and will continue until Monday, when he will meet at the Palacio de la Zarzuela with his son, Felipe VI , and Queen Sofia. . Months ago, the monarch told the press through his relatives of his desire to return to the country, which became a reason for friction with the government of Pedro Sánchez, and even the Royal House itself.
The figure of Juan Carlos I, already inevitably associated with corruption, It is toxic for a monarchy trying to rehabilitate its public image. In fact, the main motivation for the King Emeritus’ departure was to dig a firewall around Felipe VI. For this reason, for now, you will have to be content with short stays in Spanish territory and will maintain his official residence in the United Arab Emirates. He was not even allowed to spend the night at the Palacio de la Zarzuela, as I had requested.
In his first public appearance, Some 300 people gathered in Sanxenxo to welcome him with cries of “Vive le Roi!”. However, they do not appear to be representative of the majority sentiment. For years, the CEI, the public voting center, has not asked any questions related to the monarchy.
“Juan Carlos I suspends between a majority of voters of all parties. It is only approved by people over 75says Juan José Domínguez, a sociologist who works for a private polling company.
Both social networks and the statements of political parties and public figures reflect an obvious division of opinions. The PSOE of Pedro Sanchez He made no secret of his discomfort and insisted it was a “personal” trip. In addition, he endeavored to highlight the “transparency of the current Royal House”. “Today temperatures are rising across the country. Embarrassment in Sanxenxo,” Carmen Calvo, a former socialist vice president, said in a tongue-in-cheek tweet.
More critical have been the Basque and Catalan nationalist parties, as well as the left, United We Can in the lead. Its secretary general, Ione Belarra, declared that “he should only return to Spain to be accountable to justice”. Pere Aragonés, president of the Generalitat de Catalunya, denounced the “contrast” of the return of Juan Carlos I with the “repression” of the former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont, exiled in Brussels. All call for legal reform for at least abolish the inviolability of the king.
Instead, right-wing parties welcomed the monarch. “We hope you have a good stay in what is your home,” said Popular Party Secretary General Cuca Gamarra.
For its part, the conservative press shed light on the 39-year reign of Juan Carlos I, particularly his role in the transition to democracy, recalling that he no longer has any problem with the Spanish justice system.
This is not the case in the British courts, where the harassment complaint interposed by her former lover, German businesswoman corinna larsen. Precisely, his break with Larsen was decisive for him to go out in public the “gift” that Juan Carlos I gave him of 65 million dollarsand whose alleged origin would have been the collection of illegal commissions for the business of Spanish companies in the Middle East.
The PSOE’s support for the monarchy puts an end to any speculation that the republican system will soon be adopted. Furthermore, constitutional reform requires a broad consensus in parliament, implying that the change should have the support of at least some right-wing parties. However, the fact that youth is the social sector where the detachment vis-à-vis the monarchy is most pronounced makes the Royal House fear a more distant future.