HIS MAJESTY EL REY EMÉRITO WON’T BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS

HIS MAJESTY EL REY EMÉRITO WON’T BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS »

20 Dec, 2021
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It's been more than a year since Juan Carlos I left Spain (3 August 2020) following the financial scandal swirling around him.  He lives in the United Arab Emirates, in a gilded cage, as some would say. He wants to return home. The fulfillment of that wish is in the hands of his son, King Felipe VI.

THE KING WHO’S STUCK IN  THE ORIENT

THE KING WHO’S STUCK IN THE ORIENT »

23 Dec, 2020
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King Juan Carlos, the father of the reigning King of Spain, Felipe VI, isn’t coming – can´t come – home for Christmas much as he wants to. Hard on the heels of headline-grabbing scandals, he has self-exiled in the United Arab Emirates since last summer. And now neither King Felipe nor Pedro Sanchez, President of Spain, feels comfortable having the octogenarian "King Emeritus" back. He used to be hero-worshipped, having engineered the way to a parliamentary monarchy after nearly four decades of the stultifying Franco dictatorship.