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Carlos Alberto Montaner
Carlos Alberto Montaner was born in Havana in 1943 and has lived in Madrid since 1970. A former university professor, he is an acclaimed writer and journalist. His syndicated column appears in dozens of newspapers in the United States, Latin America and Spain.

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Spain’s monarchy faces challenges as new era dawns

 
 <span class="cutline_leadin">SPANISH ROYALS</span>: Prince Felipe, slated to become Spain’s new monarch, talks with Princess Letizia during a ceremony in northern Spain last week.

Francisco Franco died in 1975 thinking that the future of Spain was wrapped up “good and tidy.” I’ve never believed the theory that the caudillo prepared a post-mortem transition to democracy.