SPAIN | Scandals dull Constitution Day

The pandemic is not the only national trauma that dulls Spain’s commemoration this Sunday of the 42nd anniversary of the Constitution. For years, the Magna Carta has been the subject of debate about the need or not to reform it and adapt it to current times. While some deputies have commemorated the event outside Congress in a ceremony with few assistants, in the street there is talk of the WhatsApp chat scandal of retired ultra-rightist high-ranking military commanders in which some of its members proposed to “shoot 26 million” Spanish people.

There is also talk of the letter to King Felipe VI that 271 former high-ranking Army commanders have signed in which they accuse the coalition government of seriously endangering “the unity of Spain and the constitutional order” due to its relations with the pro-independence formations. With whose votes he has just carried out the General State Budgets of 2021.

There are those who expect a forceful response from the king to the military missive, a manifesto promoted by the Franco Foundation. However, the monarchical institution is in its lowest hours …

The King Emeritus, Juan Carlos Primero, left Spain four months ago beset by corruption scandals. This Sunday it was known that he has submitted a statement to the Tax Agency to regularize his tax situation, which for some amounts to a confession of fraud.

His son, Felipe VI, is not very appreciated by some sectors of the left or by nationalists and independentists, although the Spanish right and far right closed ranks around him after his firm opposition to the independence referendum in Catalonia. .

According to a poll published last October, more than half of young Spaniards believe it is necessary to hold a referendum on the form of the State and the majority would prefer to have a republic.

Finally, some territories of the so-called empty or emptied Spain are also looking for a new constitutional fit, whose inhabitants feel like second-class citizens left to their own devices.

Last Thursday, for the first time in three years, Spain managed to carry out its General Budgets thanks to the support of the different forces of the left, regionalists, nationalists and independentists, forces that have been demanding profound reforms in the Spanish Constitution for years.