King Felipe opened the Spanish Cortes today with a ceremony and speech at the Congress of Deputies.
The King said Spain cannot survive with factions warring against each other. He said everyone had to support everyone else.
Senior members of left-wing party Podemos applauded the King, but others stayed silent, as is their custom. Podemos is now in a coalition government with the Socialists.
Other republican parties boycotted the speech and the King’s call for unity amid Catalan separatism.