A. S. Domingo, May 26, 2019, 00:04
Madrid. “There is much more freedom in the Kingdom of Felipe VI than in the supposed republic of Quim Torra”, says Catalan historian Jordi Canal (Olot, Gerona, 1964), who publishes ‘The monarchy in the 21st century’ (Turner), an analysis of the role of Juan Carlos I and Felipe VI and an anticipation of the challenges facing the Crown in Spain.
In his book, Canal defines the Spanish political system as a “republican monarchy” because “the values attributed to republicanism, the rights of man, freedom and democracy, are perfectly assumed by this monarchy and even more defended than in a republic”. «When it is affirmed that the monarchy is somewhat obsolete and the republic is modern, what republics are we talking about? Iran or Venezuela? Spain is considered in all rankings as a complete democracy”, Canal,asserts.
According to the historian, Juan Carlos I was the symbol of the Spain that lived its best years from the transition to 2008. «It seems that now only the last years of the reign of Juan Carlos I are spoken about, but over time, the public opinion will recover the good image of the king. There is a lack of distance, we are still in a polycystic stage and there are many groups interested in bringing down the myth of the 78, but there is no doubt that these years were the best in the history of Spain”, says the author of, among other books, a ‘Minimum history of Catalonia’.
Canal, professor at the École des Hautes Études in Social Sciences of Paris, emphasizes that the great objective of the Monarchy must be “to reach the new generations, to those who did not live the transition”. “More pedagogy of the monarchy and the Constitution should have been done in schools and perhaps we are now paying the consequences of not having done it”, he says.