El drama entre el gobierno español en Madrid y el gobierno proindependentista en Cataluña, que ha ido escalando en tensión en particular desde el viernes, cuando las autoridades separatistas catalanas declararon la independencia, ha incluido a dos personajes que les resultan familiares a los estudiantes de política española: el mártir y el dictador.
Carles Puigdemont, quien hasta el viernes era el presidente del gobierno catalán, se ha autoasignado el papel del mártir. En las semanas que siguieron al referendo del 1 de octubre, en el que cerca del 90 por ciento de los catalanes que votaron eligieron la independencia, Puigdemont ha representado el papel de la víctima de la malvada administración madrileña.… Seguir leyendo »
The drama between the Spanish government in Madrid and the pro-independence government in Catalonia, which reached a new stage of tension Friday when the separatist government in Barcelona declared independence, has featured two characters familiar to students of Spanish politics: the martyr and the strongman.
Carles Puigdemont, who was until Friday the Catalan government’s president, has suggestively cast himself in the role of the martyr. In the weeks since the Oct. 1 referendum, in which some 90 percent of voters chose independence, Mr. Puigdemont has portrayed himself as the victim of a villainous Madrid administration. Never mind that the referendum was unconstitutional and that only 41.5 percent of those eligible to vote bothered to do so.… Seguir leyendo »
When King Juan Carlos abdicated the Spanish throne earlier this week, Spaniards were caught off-guard. As recently as April, Juan Carlos, who is one of the modern era’s most successful monarchs — he assumed the throne in 1975 following the death of General Francisco Franco and is widely considered to be the father of Spanish democracy for having orchestrated a widely-praised democratic transition that became a model for many other countries — was shutting down rumors that his transfer of some responsibilities to his son, 46-year-old Prince Felipe, was a sign that he might step down. “Abdication is not an option,” said a royal spokesman at the time.… Seguir leyendo »