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Juan Carlos kept Spain ‘from extremism,’ Constantine II says

June 2nd, 2014
03:40 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Spain’s King Juan Carlos, who announced Monday he would abdicate, prevented the country from falling prey to extremism and made sure it remained democratic, Constantine II, former king of Greece, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.

“His legacy is very, very important,” Constantine II, who is Juan Carlos’ brother-in-law, said. “He went through a very difficult period to do that. But I was convinced that he would overcome all the difficulties, and he has done that.”

The monarch will step down after 40 years on the throne and hand power to his 46-year-old son, Crown Prince Felipe.

“Although I'm not party to his decision,” Constantine II said, “I suspect that he considered that forty years is quite substantial.”

“And so the difficulty is to find the right moment; I believe that he has done that. He has found the right moment.”

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U.S., Europe may have prevented invasion of Ukraine, Polish foreign minister says

June 2nd, 2014
03:28 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

American and European action “has possibly prevented a full-scale invasion of Ukraine,” Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday.

“America provided leadership on Ukraine,” Sikorski said, countering the common narrative that the West stood weakly in the face of Russian aggression.

U.S. President Barack Obama is headed to Europe this week on a trip that will end by commemorating the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings at Normandy. His first step, however, will be Poland, which played a key role in the Ukraine crisis.

“We are always glad to see President Obama in Europe,” Sikorski said.

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