Does Spain need a democracy? This is the question Spaniards are asking themselves. Those who pose this question highlight whether a monarchy is still of any relevance in the 21st century, particularly a monarchy embroiled in financial scandals. This article is by Richard Schweid in Politico:
These days Juan Carlos is the main character in a long-running scandal that has all the ingredients of a made-for-television drama, a full-bore telenovela. The 83-year-old Juan Carlos is no longer king and has fled Spain in disgrace, gone to live a life of exiled luxury in Abu Dhabi, leaving his family behind. Meanwhile, his former lover has publicly accused him of hiding many millions of euros in ill-gotten gains for which he did not pay any taxes.
The gravity of his fiscal crimes is sowing doubt in the minds of many Spaniards as to whether a good reason exists to continue maintaining a monarchy in the 21st century.
Juan Carlos’s serious troubles began in 2012 when he went on a hunting trip to Botswana. A photo of the king proudly standing with his rifle in front of a dead trophy elephant was widely published, and harshly criticized at home; at the time he was the honorary president of the Spanish branch of the World Wildlife Federation.