Obama Meets With King Felipe

President Obama, during a visit to Spain, spent time with King Felipe at the fames Reina Sofía museum last week.

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The King and the former U.S. president toured the complex, including Picasso’s Guernica masterpiece.

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King Felipe also gifted Obama a book about Guernica.

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Corinna Is Back

Several Spanish news outlets have in recent days released leaked recordings from a German aristocrat said to have dated King Juan Carlos.

Corinna Larsen Adkins, also known as Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn, has for years caused controversy in Spain and helped lead to Don Juan Carlos’ abdication.

Now, recordings from 2015 leaked by a disgraced businessman and former commissar, suggest the King used her as a figurehead for properties.

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Leftist parties have called for an investigation of King Juan Carlos, but so far major parties and news outlets have given the issue scant or no attention.

The recordings also suggest Don Juan Carlos may have had money or properties hidden abroad, and may have taken advantage of an amnesty with tax authorities.

King Wants ‘Catalonia For All’

King Felipe and Queen Letizia went into what has become hostile territory late last week to hand out the Princess of Girona Awards.

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Girona is a region is Spain, in Catalonia, with a relatively high rate of pro-independence sentiment.

Girona officials denied the King and Queen use of an arena there, citing repairs, and Catalan officials did not attend.

Still, the ceremony, organized by the Princess of Girona Foundation, appeared to be a success.

The King, during his remarks, called for a Catalonia “by all and for all.”

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The King and Queen, the day after the awards, also met with participants of a program to encourage young professionals.

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Demonstrators for and against the Crown meant increased security surrounding the royal visit.

The King’s daughter, as heir to the Spanish throne, is Princess of Asturias and Girona, among other titles.

The title dates back to when the prince or princes of Girona was the hair to the Crown of Aragon.

Catalan Separatists Seek Meeting

Catalan separatist leaders are requesting a meeting with King Felipe later this week.

The King is scheduled to make a visit to Catalonia and the new government there, led by nationalists, has said it will not welcome the monarch with normality.

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Catalan separatists see the King as siding with unionists, especially after a strong speech supporting unity and the rule of law.

The Catalan leaders say they want to open a dialogue with the King where he recognizes the region’s right to self determination.

Update: The Spanish government vetoed the meeting between the King and Catalan leaders, saying it was political in nature. The new prime minister is looking to meet with the new Catalan president in the coming weeks.

King, Queen Meet With President, First Lady

King Felipe and Queen Letizia met with President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump yesterday afternoon.

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The meeting capped the King and Queen’s trip to the U.S., which also included stops in New Orleans and San Antonio.

Their Majesties were helping those cities, both with Spanish roots, celebrate their tricentennials.

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The King Felipe and President Trump spoke briefly to highlight shared values and the president’s potential trip to Spain.

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The King then went to Capitol Hill to meet with Republican and Democratic leaders, including House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

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His Majesty also made stops at the World Bank and Inter-american Development Bank in Washington, D.C.