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King Juan Carlos of Spain to Abdicate
New York Times ^ | 06/02/2014 | By RAPHAEL MINDER and ALAN COWELL

Posted on 06/02/2014 4:10:42 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

MADRID — King Juan Carlos of Spain is abdicating in favor of Crown Prince Felipe, his 46-year-old son, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced on Monday.

The king’s abdication, after almost four decades on the throne, follows health problems but also comes amid a decline in his popularity, particularly as a result of a corruption scandal centering on his son-in-law that has also put the spotlight on the royal family’s lifestyle and finances at a time of economic crisis and record joblessness.

The king, 76, announced his abdication in a letter to Mr. Rajoy, who then made the decision public in a short televised address, during which he called King Juan Carlos “a tireless defender of our interests.” Mr. Rajoy added that the abdication process would take place “in a context of institutional stability and as proof of the maturity of our democracy.”

King Juan Carlos was expected to make a separate address later Monday to detail the reasons for his abdication.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News
KEYWORDS: abdication; kingjuancarlos; spain

1 posted on 06/02/2014 4:10:43 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

FYI..Prince Charles was seen printing out 1000 copies of the article, and leaving them all over Buckingham Palace..


2 posted on 06/02/2014 4:16:47 AM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m waiting for King Barack to abdicate [/heavy sarc]


3 posted on 06/02/2014 4:19:14 AM PDT by Qiviut (Obama: A Caesar at home & a Chamberlain abroad, dividing the country & uniting the world against us.)
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To: SeekAndFind

This just in....General Franco is still dead.


4 posted on 06/02/2014 4:19:41 AM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: SeekAndFind

Juan Carlos did a good job leading his country to democracy after 40 years of Franco’s dictatorship. Whatever his personal failings, he will always be remembered for that.


5 posted on 06/02/2014 4:22:41 AM PDT by iowamark (I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy)
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To: iowamark

“Juan Carlos did a good job leading his country to democracy after 40 years of Franco’s dictatorship. Whatever his personal failings, he will always be remembered for that.”

Franco led them to democracy by setting up the return of the monarchy before he died. I’m surprised Spain kept the new flag with the symbols of the monarchy as it veered sharply to the left after Franco; the monarchy was what the left had initially opposed in 1931 (when Juan Carlos II’s grandfather abdicated).


6 posted on 06/02/2014 4:26:42 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: exit82

Generalissimo Franco is still dead.

And so are all the commies and anarchist he put into the ground.


7 posted on 06/02/2014 4:28:03 AM PDT by Reaganez
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To: SeekAndFind

...and Charles wept...


8 posted on 06/02/2014 4:47:33 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: kearnyirish2

The Spanish flag’s coat of arms displays the origins of the American dollar sign. Look closely.

Anyway, King Juan Carlos is doing the right thing. Maybe he sees his son as a more reliable successor than Queen Elizabeth does hers. She’s determined to outlive her wacky twit-of-the-year son, IMO.


9 posted on 06/02/2014 4:51:34 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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10 posted on 06/02/2014 4:53:50 AM PDT by deoetdoctrinae (Gun-free zones are playgrounds for felons.)
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To: elcid1970

I have read that the dollar sign originated with a letter “U” printed over a letter “S” for the US. I can’t prove that but it seems both logical and quite a coincidence if its not true.


11 posted on 06/02/2014 5:01:26 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: kearnyirish2

One thing I remember about him is that when Spain got national voting ID cards, people didn’t want them; so, he went to the local office that dispensed them, and had one made for himself, which he carried.


12 posted on 06/02/2014 5:05:56 AM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: ken5050
FYI..Prince Charles was seen printing out 1000 copies of the article, and leaving them all over Buckingham Palace.

Oh, she might abdicate, in favor of William.

13 posted on 06/02/2014 5:07:36 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: elcid1970
The Spanish flag’s coat of arms displays the origins of the American dollar sign.

I dont see it.

14 posted on 06/02/2014 5:19:53 AM PDT by not2be4gotten.com
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To: SeekAndFind

Yeah, they need someone younger than can spend the peoples money faster. Jet setting and luxury takes lots of money.


15 posted on 06/02/2014 5:21:49 AM PDT by soycd
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To: kevkrom

I don’t think that is possible. Succession to the British throne is governed both by common law and statute.


16 posted on 06/02/2014 5:23:05 AM PDT by all the best (sat`~!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I had a friend in the 80’s who believed Juan Carlos would become the Man of Sin mentioned in apocalyptic scripture.

Kissinger has always been on the watch list too.


17 posted on 06/02/2014 5:23:08 AM PDT by lurk
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18 posted on 06/02/2014 5:23:54 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: lurk

RE: I had a friend in the 80’s who believed Juan Carlos would become the Man of Sin mentioned in apocalyptic scripture.

Kissinger has always been on the watch list too.

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19 posted on 06/02/2014 5:25:07 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: Reaganez
Amen. Franco was a hero. He killed commies by the thousands in street by street fighting. The left will never forgive him for being the only Western leader to take the SOBs on and save his country.

as for King. Juan Carlos, I will always remember him for telling Chavez to shut up. That was quite popular just a few years ago.

20 posted on 06/02/2014 5:31:26 AM PDT by MattinNJ (It's over Johnny. The America you knew is gone. Denial serves no purpose.)
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To: MattinNJ

Amen. Franco, like Pinochet, saved his country. And like Pinochet, he stepped aside when his country was ready to return to democracy.


21 posted on 06/02/2014 5:41:33 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Gen. Agosto Pinochet, another unsung hero of anticommunism.

The commie he overthrew, the sainted Salvador Allende, committed suicide with the AK-47 that Fidel Castro had given him as a gift. Appropriate.


22 posted on 06/02/2014 5:50:25 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: SeekAndFind
Best Juan Carlos moment.

To Hugo Chavez.

23 posted on 06/02/2014 5:56:44 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: The Antiyuppie

That’s something our next Congress should do.


24 posted on 06/02/2014 5:58:20 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: SeekAndFind

I will always admire the King for telling that communist blowhard Hugo Chavez to shut up.


25 posted on 06/02/2014 6:09:43 AM PDT by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: ken5050
FYI..Prince Charles was seen printing out 1000 copies of the article, and leaving them all over Buckingham Palace..

Charles' old lady already told him he's not going to be King as long as she's alive. The only way she'll step down is if he agrees to hand the crown to Prince William. That's where things now stand. The old gal doesn't have much time left so we'll see what happens soon enough.

26 posted on 06/02/2014 6:14:23 AM PDT by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: SeekAndFind

King Juan Carlos is a patriot. He has made great contributions to Spain. This latest action is simply another contribution to his country.


27 posted on 06/02/2014 6:22:36 AM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (You can have a free country or government schools. Choose one.)
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To: ken5050

That’s funny.


28 posted on 06/02/2014 6:50:16 AM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: ElkGroveDan

They have to find some face saving way for Charles to get bypassed.. to let William succeed the Queen. Maybe some medical quirk..something not that bad..but might be a problem if he were king..like “foot in mouth” disease..


29 posted on 06/02/2014 7:10:56 AM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: ken5050
"They have to find some face saving way for Charles to get bypassed.. to let William succeed the Queen. Maybe some medical quirk.."

This is where they could consult Putin for his expertise. Natural deaths....
30 posted on 06/02/2014 7:49:30 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: ElkGroveDan
Charles’ old lady already told him he's not going to be King as long as she's alive. The only way she'll step down is if he agrees to hand the crown to Prince William. That's where things now stand. The old gal doesn't have much time left so we'll see what happens soon enough.


Not so sure about the “time left” bit.

If she lives as long as her mother she has 13 years to go..:^)

31 posted on 06/02/2014 8:40:18 AM PDT by az_gila
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To: Reaganez

“...And so are all the commies and anarchist he put into the ground...”

Never a bad thing.


32 posted on 06/02/2014 9:25:55 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: kearnyirish2

The Communists and Socialists backed the King after he put down a coup in 1981. Spain’s Left was traditionally republican but Juan Carlos defense of democracy reconciled them to the monarchy.

The King in standing above day to day politics, has embodied the unity of Spain’s nationhood. Its the second oldest royal family in the world, tracing its roots back to the earliest Christian kings of Spain.

Phillip VI will be a worthy successor as King to his father.


33 posted on 06/02/2014 12:11:38 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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34 posted on 06/02/2014 12:12:26 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: elcid1970

“The Spanish flag’s coat of arms displays the origins of the American dollar sign. Look closely.”

I’m familiar with that; the pillars are supposed to represent the Spanish holdings on both sides of the Straits of Gibraltar.

“Anyway, King Juan Carlos is doing the right thing. Maybe he sees his son as a more reliable successor than Queen Elizabeth does hers. She’s determined to outlive her wacky twit-of-the-year son, IMO.”

Yes, that is an odd situation; the way Elizabeth II is going William won’t even see the throne (her mother died a few years back at 101 years old).


35 posted on 06/02/2014 2:22:20 PM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: goldstategop

“The King in standing above day to day politics, has embodied the unity of Spain’s nationhood. Its the second oldest royal family in the world, tracing its roots back to the earliest Christian kings of Spain.”

I believe they are from the Bourbon family, more associated with France than Spain. During the civil war, the Catholic militias in the north (Carlists) were hoping to see their candidate for the throne restored. There was a rift caused by some disagreement in the latter half of the 19th century over whether or not a female could inherit the throne.


36 posted on 06/02/2014 2:37:04 PM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: ken5050

IMO, Prince William should be leaving them all over the Buckingham Palace and wherever his dad and Cam reside. Prince Charles is too loony to lead.


37 posted on 06/02/2014 6:18:36 PM PDT by madison10
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To: Clintonfatigued; AuH2ORepublican; GOPsterinMA; BillyBoy; GeronL; UKrepublican; fieldmarshaldj; ...

Speaking of Spain.

First the Queen of the Netherlands quits, now this guy.

Meanwhile, Prince Charles continues to wait!!!! Mummy, I want to be King before I’m more wrinkle than man!!!


38 posted on 06/03/2014 1:33:55 AM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: dfwgator

Ahh, yes. Pinochet. Another hero vilified by the left. I wish more people saw the world through our eyes. It really is sad. We just went back to my kid’s old school to wish his 2nd grade teacher good luck in her retirement. Wonderfully kind older lady. She told my wife she is starting to pay attention for the first time because she does not think this is the same country anymore. Too few, too late


39 posted on 06/05/2014 6:01:08 AM PDT by MattinNJ (It's over Johnny. The America you knew is gone. Denial serves no purpose.)
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