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King Juan Carlos

From a blundering elephant-hunting trip in Botswana to his son-in-law’s embezzlement scandal, King Juan Carlos has had a turbulent 2012.

December 4th, 2012 | Posted in Iberians 2012 | Read More »

Spain’s true crisis isn’t economic, it’s institutional

The Spanish Bull's bones.

The ongoing economic slump has helped erode the credibility of Spain’s banks, politicians, judiciary and royalty. The much-vaunted Transition to democracy needs to be updated.

June 29th, 2012 | Posted in Politics, Featured, Spain News | Read More »

What now for Spain’s monarchy?

King Juan Carlos has apologised for hunting in Botswana while the Spanish economy was in crisis, but doubts still hang over his role and that of his family.

April 24th, 2012 | Posted in Iberoblog, Featured | Read More »

King’s big-game fall comes at just the wrong time

Spain’s royal family was already having enough difficulties before King Juan Carlos hurt himself while on holiday shooting elephants.

April 15th, 2012 | Posted in Iberoblog, Featured | Read More »

King Juan Carlos

King Juan Carlos

The boyish grin, the Bourbon nose, the endless joshing: even if he wasn’t the king of Spain, you could spot Juan Carlos a mile off. But despite the down-to-earth bonhomie, he has a livelier CV than most living monarchs. Juan Carlos accidentally shot his brother dead with a hunting gun as a child. He then […]

March 3rd, 2011 | Posted in Famous People | Read More »

The Tejero coup, North Africa and back-slapping

Josep Ramoneda looks at how Spain has celebrated the 30th anniversary of the foiling of the February 23 Tejero attempted coup, against the backdrop of the ongoing turmoil in North Africa, and he doesn’t like what he sees.

February 28th, 2011 | Posted in Iberoblog | Read More »

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