Done With Summit, Back In The Shop

King Juan Carlos is — using his own words — going back into to the shop. Doctors will soon perform yet another hip surgery on the Monarch, who has had difficulty walking.

Don Juan Carlos went under the knife earlier this year after his fall in Botswana. This time, however, doctors will treat his left hip.

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The King said he delayed the surgery to make room for this weekend’s Cádiz Summit of Ibero-American heads of state and government. His Majesty has been deeply involved in hosting the event.

“Without a doubt the Cádiz Constitution provided the seed for ideas of liberty that influence so many European and American constitutions,” the King said speaking about the short-lived but important 1812 document.

Don Juan Carlos also spoke about the economic and social progress being made by many Latin American countries in contrast with the pain in Europe.

“Our sights are on you,” he told the leaders assembled. “You have made great efforts to be where you are and we can’t but recognize it and look for shared experiences.”

Queen Sofia tours the sites with the spouses and guests of Ibero-American leaders.
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The King has made wooing Latin America a pillar of his agenda to help the Spanish economy. He recently toured several countries there, and today hosted a Royal Palace lunch for Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.

His Majesty awarded President Rousseff the Collar of Isabella the Catholic, Spain’s highest honor. And he encouraged Brazilian companies to invest in Spain.

The next Ibero-American summit will be in Panama. This year’s may be the last one hosted by King Juan Carlos in Spain.

King Bullish on Spanish Economy

King Juan Carlos expressed optimism about the troubled Spanish economy amid talks in Europe about a bank rescue.

“The Spanish economy has solid foundations,” the King said said Monday. “Our public debt is lower than other European Union countries.”

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Don Juan Carlos made the comments during a visit to Brazil, where he led a large delegation of business leaders.

Spain is a top foreign investor in Brazil and the Spanish government wants to capitalize on that country’s growth.

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The King, on his first foreign trip in months, met with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff at Planalto Palace. She hosted a lunch in his honor at Itamaraty Palace.

His Majesty reminded Rousseff about the upcoming Iberoamerican summit in Cádiz. The Monarch is trying to round up as many Latin American leaders to attend.

The King’s next stop is Chile.