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Post Are EU Nations Immune from Coups?
Created by John Eipper on 12/04/20 7:23 AM

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Are EU Nations Immune from Coups? (Anthony J Candil, USA, 12/04/20 7:23 am)

It amazes me that the General who issued the threats to shoot 26 million people belonged to the Air Force, traditionally the most liberal, democratic and open of Spain's three armed services.

Just keep in mind that four-star general Julio Rodríguez, once chairman of the Spanish Joint Chiefs of Staff, is now a member of the populist party Podemos and chief of cabinet to vice-president Pablo Iglesias.

I am not so sure as John E is regarding the feasibility of coups within the EU; we might wake up one day with tanks on the streets of Madrid. Anything can happen.

Some have been saying that the Armed Forces are not up to their role as stated by Article 183 of the Spanish Constitution which reads: "Las Fuerzas Armadas tendrán como misión fundamental la conservación de la soberanía nacional, la defensa de la integridad e independencia del Estado y la garantía de su ordenamiento jurídico."  [JE translation:  The fundamental mission of the Armed Forces is the preservation of national sovereignty, the defense of the integrity and independence of the State and the guarantee of its legal order.]

It's complicated to say the least.  I think Spaniards are living dangerously.  Let's hope for the best.

Take care and stay safe y'all!

JE comments:  Likewise, Tony.  What can our EU legal experts tell us:  if a Member State experiences a coup, is that nation expelled?  Is there a process for sanctions?

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