You can't accuse King Felipe of nepotism, that's for sure. His sister was stripped of her title of Duchess and she's had to sell her home in Barcelona to pay her fines. I think on the whole it's laudable, especially after his father's missteps in recent years however I find the public humiliation harsh, considering her husband gets off much much easier.
In accordance with Article 6 of Royal Decree 1368/1987, of November 6, governing titles, treatments and honors of the Royal Family and the Regents, I have resolved to revoke the attribution to Her Royal Highness Princess Cristina of the right to use the title of Duchess of Palma de Mallorca, which was granted to her by Royal Decree 1502/1997, of 26 September.
Spain is trying to stop a dialogue about independence, but really should save its energy rather than be heavy-handed at a dressed rehearsal. What's wrong with democracy? If its only to show how hollow a concept it is when it runs counter to the executive.
In my limited understanding of the travails of the 19th century in the research for what I now call my exercise in Cubist literature (!), the first attempts at a republic were doomed and short-lived, courtesy of the repression by the vile and violent Canovas and of the hold on the royal purse by its foreign financiers. Casagemas, Picasso's friend, was one casualty of brutal repression where young anarchists were left with post-traumatic stress from being bludgeoned in the street or carted off to jail. It left him impotent and suicidal. I digress. Catalonia is the hotbed of many strong regions, and predictably they would seek a divorce. The problem today is: why can't nations adapt and create new models? Why do monarchies whose sovereignties have been usurped long ago, not place stock in their own people and let them lead to change? You don't have to break up the family because the wife/husband wants out. The Basque people were instrumental in letting the British in to repel Napoleon, the House of Aragon ruled over parts of Italy etc. They did their bit for Spain, no doubt. Whatever happens, the tone of hostility will push neutral people away. It would be sad that the methods of more than a century should make a comeback. Wait for the results first, before brandishing a stick IMO.
(...) Any covenant be it a constitution is rendered void when governments attack their own or treat their people as outsiders, or when people don't hold up their end as stated upon entry into said social contract. Any rule is empty when it's not by consent. I don't understand people who'd prefer losing their crown because a foreign in-law is too greedy and can't be reigned in, than trust the heartland when it wants to call time on BS. A referendum is not a final act, it's the symptom of something that's best addressed sitting down and improving on the country. Be glad Catalonia is sending a message. Be ashamed when you respond with age-old violence because it tells the world you're outdated and unable to deal with the present. There's no democracy when there's use of force to suppress. That's all I have to say. All you top-heavy supposed liberal democracies crowded by cloned little despots don't deserve the loyalty of those who've been nice enough to wait it out rather than show the same kind of contempt when you were trying your first steps. Shame on you for not being able to accept criticism, and for not wanting to work things through. That's how societies disappear. UGH!!!!!
The absurdity in this world is that the real anti-establishment guy gets painted in a corner while the fake one continues to horrify the world; that lucid people are stuck having to gain approval of even one power in the European framework composed of worse "sinners", so appealing to the less moral for survival (I just read Switzerland was originally a nation of mercenaries...now they're just the bankers of mercenaries...) but I digress. What the failure of self-determination spells is the failure in today's world to let others be, the failure to respect other's differences and choices; and the failure to exist as free-thinking and free-standing people. If Catalonia fails, it tells me the fabric of global society is a stranglehold and chokes the life out of the body politic. There's a dangerous assertion too, that any nation that feels differently is automatically prejudiced against and treated as hostile. When we can't live together without such arriere-pensées, where is the civilization in that?
The only problem with that is that Picasso never willed the Guernica to the museum, nor would he ever have done so to a monarchist one, given he was from an anarchist family and that it's because of the restoration in the early 19th century that his family via his great-grandfather lost everything and moved to Malaga, after he supported Napoleon as one afrancesado among many. Guernica is his anti-war masterpiece, inspired by Goya's 4th of May (?) painting, if memory serves and in response to General Franco's association with Germans who dropped bombs on a Basque defenseless civil population.