King Dragged Into Political Fight

Catalan nationalists are criticizing King Felipe for what they see as lack of political neutrality.

His Majesty refused to receive the new head of the Catalan Parliament, who wanted to personally transmit word of a new regional president after months of stalemate, media outlets reported.

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© Casa de S.M. el Rey

Catalan nationalists, who are leading an independence movement from Spain, have also complained about the government’s lack of formal appreciation for the outgoing regional president.

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King Felipe with former Catalan President Artur Mas. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

The Royal Household, say media outlets, is pointing to the national government and past precedent.

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King Felipe with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

Still, the new Catalan president took his oath of office without swearing allegiance to the Spanish Constitution of the King.

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