"We socialists share the fundamentals of Felipe VI's Christmas message," said the president of the PSOE, Cristina Narbona, in an appearance without questions. "The king wanted to instill confidence in the future and in our institutions," the socialist leader continued and emphasized "the king's firm commitment to the ethical values that citizens demand from the institutions." Finally, and in a veiled allusion to the scandals that persecute the emeritus king, Juan Carlos de Borbón, he added: "We trust that the king will go ahead with the renewal of the monarchical institution to turn our parliamentary monarchy into an institution of the century. XXI to the full satisfaction of all citizens "
Felipe VI avoids in his speech any reference to the emeritus king and calls for "a great collective effort" against the pandemic
The leader of the Popular Party, Pablo Casado, has described the speech as "impeccable." For Casado, the intervention of the monarch, in which he has eluded any reference to the emeritus in the year in which he fled to the Arab Emirates, "shows closeness to the Spaniards who are going through the worst of the pandemic and the crisis." "Defend national unity, constitutional harmony and the exemplarity of the institutions. Together we will overcome this situation with a great King at the helm," said the popular in a message on Twitter. In a statement sent by the PP this Thursday morning, Casado insists on the defense of Felipe VI who, "when he was proclaimed before the Cortes six years ago, raised the preservation of civic, ethical and moral values and exemplarity as a of the guides of his reign ". Continuing with his assessment, he praises the Crown as "a symbol of our continuity and permanence as a nation; a nation that must be preserved united within its diversity." "An autonomous state that does not have to admit any type of attack on the part of those who want to break our institutions," he said.
"He could have explicitly condemned the corrupt activities of Juan Carlos I and his tax evasion. But no. Nothing at all," Pablo Echenique, spokesman for the United We Can parliamentary group, reacted with these words. to the king's Christmas speech. The speech of Felipe VI has been received with the usual enthusiasm and uncriticalism on the part of the right, while disappointment spreads among the ranks of the left and the nationalist formations.
The most concise in his assessment has been the leader of the ultra-right formation Vox. Santiago Abascal has limited himself to reproducing a phrase from the speech followed by "Long live the king."
The spokesperson for Esquerra Republicana in the Congress of Deputies, Gabriel Rufián, rhetorically asked himself on his Twitter profile: "Has the King's speech slipped in?"
For her part, the president of Ciudadanos, Inés Arrimadas, has supported the king's words in his speech on Christmas Eve. "We will be able to move forward by relying on the great pillars that make up our civil society, the Constitution, the EU and our ethical values," he said.
The president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, praised Felipe VI's speech this Christmas Eve: "Today the King renews faith in this great Nation," he tweeted.
"We have the Constitution, which represents our way of understanding life, which we must all respect; a historical success: the reunion between Spaniards, to look together towards the future." "The King with everyone and everyone with the King," Ayuso concluded.
The spokesperson for Más Madrid in Congress, Íñigo Errejón, has referred to the words of Felipe VI after he has made an abstract defense "of the moral and ethical principles that are binding on everyone and are above any personal consideration. or family ", said the king." Felipe VI should not speak of ethical principles if he is not willing to be held accountable for the scandals of his father in a hereditary institution. There have been no words and no explanations, "Errejón wrote
The vice president of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, has contrasted the fight for freedom that he sees in the former president of the Generalitat Francesc Macià with the King's speech this Thursday, which he has crossed out as empty, and has added that the only speech he expects of Felipe VI is the one who announces "the end of the monarchy." He said it this Friday in the Barcelona Montjuïc cemetery during the annual offering at the grave of the former president of the Generalitat Francesc Macià, who died on Christmas Day 1933, reports Europa Press.
In the same vein, the JxCat candidate for the Catalan elections, Laura Borràs, who has criticized that Felipe VI did not quote Juan Carlos I in his Christmas speech and "made no reference to the growing coup in the Armed Forces, of which he is the representative ".
No mention of the "totalitarian" military
The PNV spokesman in the Congress of Deputies, Aitor Esteban, has referred to the Christmas Eve message from King Felipe VI to denounce that "not even at a time like this has he dealt with matters that concern him directly, or with transparency, not clearly. "
In statements collected by Europa Press during an appearance in Bilbao, Esteban has made the Monarch ugly because in his speech he did not mention the "totalitarian" military. Likewise, he pointed out that, as for the Head of State, "the truth is, we do not know if he has spoken about the subject or not, because it seems that everyone has to interpret him. It is not possible in less than 40 seconds to address a matter such as this".
The deputy of EH Bildu Jon Iñarritu has wondered this Thursday "what is the use of a king" and has questioned whether Felipe VI's Christmas message has been "up to par", before criticizing that "he has not mentioned the Juan scandal Carlos I". "He has not mentioned the JCI (Juan Carlos I) scandal or his flight. He has not clarified his role in the plot. He has not apologized to Catalonia for his 3-O speech. He has not said a word about the military pronouncements ultras ", has criticized.