The king warns that outside the Constitution “there is no democracy, coexistence, or peace

The king has appealed in his Christmas message to compliance with the Constitution as a guarantee of unity and progress and has warned that if the fundamental norm is not respected, “there is no democracy or coexistence possible.” nor law, nor peace, nor freedom, but “imposition and arbitrariness.”

In his tenth televised Christmas Eve speech of his reign, Felipe VI has focused almost exclusively on vindicating the 1978 text, which this year commemorated its 45th anniversary, to highlight that it is “the best example of the union and coexistence between Spanish people”.

Also the key that led to “overcoming the division, which has been the cause of many errors” in the history of Spain, according to the monarch, and that “opened wounds, fractured affections and distanced people.”

Democracy requires “basic and broad consensus”

“Preventing the germ of discord from ever establishing itself among us is a moral duty that we all have. Because we cannot afford it,” the head of state remarked in his message recorded from the Zarzuela Palace.

He has pointed out that any citizen has the right to “think, express themselves and defend their ideas with freedom and respect for others”, but at the same time he has stressed that democracy requires “basic and broad consensus” with the Magna Carta as a framework. reference.

“Outside respect for the Constitution there is no democracy or coexistence possible”

“Outside respect for the Constitution there is no democracy or coexistence possible; there are no freedoms, but imposition; There is no law, but arbitrariness. Outside of the Constitution, there is no Spain at peace, nor freedom,” he has claimed.

The monarch’s Christmas message comes in a context marked by the new stage of Pedro Sánchez’s government and his alliances with the two Catalan independence parties, ERC and Junts, with measures such as the amnesty law and the supervision of what was agreed by an international verifier.

Likewise, it coincides with a moment of political tension and lack of understanding between the Executive and the PP to agree on important issues.

Without mentions of the term amnesty and respect for the Magna Carta

Don Felipe has not mentioned the term amnesty, but he has emphasized advocating coexistence and the values ​​on which it is based: “freedom, justice, equality and political pluralism.”

Also in defending the unity of Spain and the shared vision that “recognizes the right of everyone to feel and be respected in their own personality and in their culture, with their languages, traditions and institutions.”

“And we have expressed and, above all, defended our constitutional values ​​when they have been in question or put at risk. And we have also done all of this together and in accordance with the constitutional framework, decided by all Spaniards,” he elaborated in his plea for the Magna Carta.

In the king’s opinion, in addition to respecting it, it is necessary to “preserve its integrity as a place of mutual recognition, acceptance and encounter approved by all Spaniards, as legitimate holders of national sovereignty” and as a guarantee to have “stability and certainty.” ”.

“Constitution” has been repeated fourteen times

“Constitution”, with fourteen mentions, has been the most used term in his message, ahead of “Spain”, with thirteen, and “coexistence”, with five, which reflects the ideas that the head of state wanted to emphasize.

For the king, “the ultimate reason for the successes and progress of recent history has been the unity of the country”, based on democratic values, cohesion, the “solid” links of the State with the autonomous communities and the solidarity between them. .

“I have no doubt that unity will also be the key for us to successfully face the serious and complex future challenges that Spain faces today,” added the monarch.

“Respect the institutions”

In his role as moderator and arbitrator, Felipe VI has called for “respecting the institutions in the exercise of their own powers and mutually contributing to their strengthening and prestige.”

A few words that link with the institutional clash derived from the outcry of the judges against the accusations of “lawfare” -political persecution of the courts- by leaders of Junts, the party of former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont, which have caused enormous unrest in the judiciary.

“We must always ensure the good name, dignity and respect of our country,” recommended the king, who has asked the institutions, in turn, for “the greatest responsibility and always seek the general interests” of society.

“Consciousness of a great country”

On the threshold of the new year, Don Felipe has encouraged Spaniards to “become more aware of the great country” in which they live, “in order to feel it more and take care of it together.”

Also to guarantee young people the legacy of a “united, respected and loved” Spain, as he stated in his speech in Congress on November 29.

“Spain will continue forward. With determination, with hope, we will do it together, aware of our historical and current reality, of our truth as a nation. The Crown will always be on that path,” he highlighted.

Social aspects

On the social level, in addition to condemning “the unacceptable violence against women”, it has placed emphasis on the problems of young people in accessing housing and the concern of many citizens about the economic and social difficulties that affect their lives. daily.

In his nearly twelve minutes of Christmas message, Don Felipe has barely referred to the international stage.

He has made no mention of the war in the Middle East, nor of the war in Ukraine, and has limited himself to highlighting that the Spanish six-month presidency of the EU “has reinforced the unity of Europe.”

By Nadeem Faisal Baiga