Save old or develop new?
It’s been six months since the beginning of the reign of the new monarch, the new government, the term is too small to draw any conclusions, but they already have. For a start, let’s take a short safari in the relatively recent past and see what’s the problem, the father of a young Felipe VI – Juan Carlos I and that he had inherited along with the crown to his son.
Royal power in 1975 went to Spain as a legacy of francoist, or rather, a mode of “national Catholicism”, established by Generalissimo Francisco Franco in 1939, after his victory in three years, a bloody civil war.
By the end of the era of the Franco regime, established isolation. Spanish audience yearned for change, socio-political atmosphere was unstable. Suddenly it became clear that the old ways can no longer be necessary reforms, responding to the call of time. The father of the new king sincerely wanted to become the king of all Spaniards, all without exception, and well-understood social trend: or he will lead the revival of the country from decades of slumber Franco’s stability, or be swept away by the wind of history. In Spain began a long seven-year transition from authoritarian national Catholicism to the liberal parliamentary democracy – transicion.
A year after Franco’s death, to the fortieth anniversary of the beginning of the civil war, the king held an Amnesty to thousands of political prisoners. Lifted the ban on the entry of political emigrants. Subjects of the Spanish crown, who for forty years was considered enemies of the state, a couple of years ago on Spanish soil was waiting for death sentence in absentia.
In 1977 were returned all Smoking leftist parties, including the Communists and anarchists. On the whole, they legalized all political forces, not distribution terrorist methods. We have developed a new Constitution, which made Spain a modern parliamentary democracy, the monarch led his country out of international isolation and establishing new strong trade and diplomatic relations with its neighbors.
Long forty years, from the accession to the throne, Juan Carlos I, the Spanish monarchy, feeling the support of a majority of citizens, urged the whole society that it is the guarantor and defender of the rights and freedoms of all Spaniards.
Monarchy with a modern twist – a new trend.
It is worth noting a significant advantage of monarchical regime from the rest. This is the sphere of foreign policy and international image. Hardly the most experienced official from the Foreign Ministry, which can definitely can focus in foreign policy as king. Felippe all my life since childhood plays the role of a character and is involved in countless international Affairs.
No equal expert in the foreign policy of England, than Elizabeth II, or in Spain than the outgoing Juan Carlos I. One has only to imagine that they talked and dined since Harry Truman and John F. Kennedy, as doubts about their professionalism will immediately disappear.
Besides, everyone knows that all elected presidents and Prime Ministers of the republics from the USA to Japan, really like to be accepted in the Royal palaces monarchical honors. This contact with the past, a tribute to tradition, the cradle of power, one way or another when practiced on the globe.The person of the monarch can one phone call to solve complicated international issues and to arrange a meeting with virtually anyone. They are not afraid of political sites, knotted between countries rivals, whether it’s Israel and Palestine, Iraq and Iran.
The young king Felipe VI Bourbon have to answer to the challenges of modernity.
Transferring power, Felipe VI inherits not just a large land with a rich history, it inherits all the hopes of the Spaniards, Europeans imposed on his father and the entire Royal family. I venture to suggest that the confidence of the people, reflected in the ranking of the Royal dynasty has always been an appreciation and an incentive to move in the right direction. Despite the global economic crisis and the heavy burden – the Spaniards endured, not only because of their unity, but the fact that it was divided between the people and the monarch.
Juan Carlos I always kept a hand on the pulse of life in Spain.
The king has always stood for the unity and prosperity of the country and the indivisibility of territory. Despite the heated political situation around Catalonia, who wanted autonomy and the government of Spain, speaking harshly against the Department, the monarch called for reconciliation and dialogue.
Always, under all the difficulties they will have to answer not only the ruling party before the people, but the monarchy before God, from whom this power was granted.
Of course, the future king of Spain was prepared to be one of the most important missions – Executive. When he was still a Prince, Felipe took over dealing with Latin American countries – traditional partners and friendly countries. During his time as heir, he visited 69 inaugurations local presidents. The news of the abdication of his father from the throne caught him at the next, seventies Protocol event in El Salvador. During the year the Prince did 14 official foreign visits and spoke more than 60-70 great speeches.
The Catalans hope for understanding their king who unlike the government has not lost confidence.
The king plays an important informal task is to glorify the brand “Spain”. It is a serious and strategic and face of the brand is the monarch. Young, educated and business king combines the qualities of continuity and the spirit of the time, based on current trends. Felipe is ready to earn the trust not only within the borders of his Kingdom, but foreign partners, the trust enjoyed by his father from Arab sheikhs and the Muslim rulers of North Africa.
Now, one hundred and twenty years after the loss of the last colonies and forty years after the hated Franco regime, the Imperial course in Spain was transformed in the direction of awareness of cultural greatness of his people, his country and language. And, in spite of old grudges. Therefore, the Juan Carlos I for such a long time remained the head of state and had the support of the vast majority of Spaniards. And most importantly, this course will continue with his young son, the heir to the throne of Philip VI.