King Addresses EU Problems, Trump

King Felipe addressed problems facing the European Union and Spain’s plans to work with the new Trump administration in the United States.

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© Casa de S.M. el Rey

King Felipe’s father, King Juan Carlos, was the first head of state to visit President Obama at the White House. But Spain has said little about Trump.

During a reception at the Royal Palace in Madrid for the diplomatic corps last month, the King said, “It is our desire to continue working with the new administration at the same level of excellence that we have done until now.”

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© Casa de S.M. el Rey

The King spoke in the Throne Room. The reception was nearby in the stately Hall of Columns.

On Europe, His Majesty said, “We are aware that the European project is being put into question” but he pointed to EU actions to address the financial crisis. “It’s time for a better Europe, not to undo the good we have built or to turn back.”

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