The Debate

The Last King of Spain: King Juan Carlos Hands Over to Prince Felipe

Juan Carlos, in his final act as king, has signed his own abdication. We ask our panel how a king who stood by Spain's democracy in its early days came to outlive his welcome. Meanwhile, are calls for the abolition of the monarchy simply a backlash against a string of personal scandals inside the royal household? Or, rather, a sign that crowned heads are no longer convincing as the glue that can hold a nation together?