Felipe proclaimed Spain’s new king

June 20, 2014 6:47 AM

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Felipe proclaimed Spain’s new king

MADRID — It seemed unfair. The Catalans are threatening to break the country apart. Economically speaking, the patient is stable, but still in intensive care. The arrival of a new king Thursday, despite the fact that he inherited a badly tarnished throne, may yet have provided Spaniards with a fillip of hope, even optimism, that their country was finally turning a corner.

Three weeks ago, when King Juan Carlos I unexpectedly announced his abdication, nobody in Spain suspected that the arrival of their new king would coincide, let alone be practically overshadowed, by the elimination of Spain from the World Cup. After all, Spain went to Brazil for the tournament as th...

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