Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Frustrated king frustrates Chavez

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The king should have shown restraint in dealing with a head of state

The kings & queens across the EU were once considered to be endowed with divine powers. Centuries have gone by since the “divinity” was taken off the European kings. Was the Spanish King, Juan Carlos, too nostalgic at Ibero-American Summit, not to realise his own limits? When Venezuelan President Chavez interrupted Spanish premier Zapatero & called former Spanish premier Jose Maria Aznar a “fascist”, the king lost his temper retorted, “Why don’t you shut up?”

The king’s breach of diplomatic protocol has stirred up a Hornet’s Nest as many European leaders & intellectuals tried to turn the blame on Chavez. For them, Chavez is the one who creates problems at every international summit because of his outburst against the Westerners. “It is now widely assumed that, when President Chavez appears at international summits, there will be some high profile dispute. The only thing unusual about the Ibero-American Summit in Santiago is that it involved the Spanish king, who is normally above politics. The king’s comments were well received in Spain.” Victor Bulmer-Thomas, Associate Fellow at Chatham House, told B&E. “Chavez is certain to pursue his claim that the Spanish king was aware of the coup against him & supported his overthrow. This will not help the bi-lateral relationship either,” Victor added. King Carlos left the summit venue when Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega also joined Chavez to hit out at privatisation and Spanish business sector. Would this incident affect the relationship between Spain and Latin America? We will have to wait and see.

B&e edit bureau: John Stanly

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Source : IIPM Editorial, 2008

An Initiative of IIPM, Malay Chaudhuri and Arindam chaudhuri (Renowned Management Guru and Economist).

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