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King Juan Carlos of Spain

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lljkk Tue 04-Aug-20 21:08:18

... has absconded (!!)
Pretty much.
My flabber is ghasted.
He was such a hero for the Spanish transition to democracy.
Is anyone else also stunned?

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L8Bloomer Tue 04-Aug-20 21:11:08

No way!? But he's really old. Is it dementia?

L8Bloomer Tue 04-Aug-20 21:13:13

ah, I"ve just googled. Wow.

He'll be giving Ponce Andrew ideas.

AgentProvocateur Tue 04-Aug-20 21:13:41

No, it’s an alleged huge bribery scandal.

itsgettingweird Tue 04-Aug-20 21:19:00

Ponce Andrew grin

He was involved in a controversial rail project with SA and some possibly money laundering via Swiss banks.

lljkk Tue 04-Aug-20 21:19:08

JC was the anointed successor to the fascist dictator Franco.
He quietly and peacefully guided Spain to democracy within 3 or so yrs, instead of trying to perpetuate the Franco system.
Even in the 1990s there were still deep divisions between the people whose parents or grandparents had fought on different sides in the civil war.
But the country transitioned peacefully without opening all the old wounds, JC could take a lot of credit for that.
Or so I thought.

And now this. I know no one is perfect, but... I dunno what to think. JC abdicated. And now he's legged it(!)
I suppose I thought better of his underlying character.

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Thisbastardcomputer Tue 04-Aug-20 21:20:24

He seems to have had a whole other life than his official one, I bet his wife the ex queen would cheerfully batter him ..........

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