MADRID – Rejecting the Spanish monarchy

Spain’s main separatist political forces (JxCat, CUP, ERC, EH Bildu and BNG) expressed their rejection of the Spanish monarchy on Monday (3 February) in a joint manifesto.

They criticised the monarchy for being an “anachronistic institution inherited” after the death of dictator Francisco Franco in November 1975 and urged King Felipe VI to stop being the “guardian” of the parliament and Spanish democracy,  EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.

Read more on the issue: “Separatist MEPs bring Catalan conflict to the heart of EU democracy“.

One hour before the opening of the XIV legislature, the manifesto entitled “We have no king, democracy, freedom and republics”, was read in the Parliament by Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC) spokesman, Gabriel Rufián.

In protest, the Separatists (mostly the Catalan, Basque and Galician parties) also did not attend the official opening of the new Parliamentary session in the Congreso de los Diputados (Spanish parliament in Madrid), in a ceremony presided over by King Felipe VI,  which took place the same day (3 February).

It should not be forgotten that the current leftist coalition by the socialists of PSOE and leftists of Unidas Podemos (United We Can) rely mainly on ERC’s support. (

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