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: Personally I doubt Archduke Otto would be
: thrilled with Orban's embrace. The archduke
: always came across as a strong believer in
: both democracy and equality while Orban
: seems to dislike both.
: The archduke was also a dedicated European,
: again, something Orban isn't (although he
: does welcome the money out of Brussels of
: As for the role a Hohenzollern could have
: had in Germany, you only have to look at the
: other European Axis-partner Italy to know
: that having a King does not prevent the rise
: of a populist and demagogue.
: But I think that the Americans, who drafted
: the new Japanese constitution, did learn
: their lesson from 1918-1919, which is why
: they allowed the Japanese emperor, be it in
: another position, to remain on the throne
: and didn't force him out like Woodrow Wilson
: did in 1918 when he said he didn't want to
: negotiate with unelected heads of state.
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: Is very interesting, refocusing attention on
: perceived lost greatness and desire to go
: back to those days, quite a canny political
: move - after all it proved successful for
: Donald Trump!
: I have been thinking to myself for a while
: (but have been cautious about posting
: because it is such an emotive subject) about
: the future of monarchy in 21st century
: Europe. I donít want to get into arguments
: about the merits of left or right politics
: but about the role that monarchy could
: potentially play in the future of Europe, as
: it faces the biggest crisis since the Second
: World War.
: I am reminded of the famous Churchill quote,
: ďIf the Allies at the peace table at
: Versailles had allowed a Hohenzollern, a
: Wittelsbach and a Habsburg to return to
: their thrones, there would have been no
: If we stick to Hungary, could a restored
: monarchy in Hungary provide a sufficient
: focus for national identity and pride in
: oneís history to deter a further lurch to
: the far right? Could we see those on the
: left actually welcoming restorations as a
: way of stemming overtly nationalistic far
: right political movements?
: It doesnít have to be a formal restoration
: of course.
: Anybody have any views?
: 20 years ago I would have said that the
: prospects of restorations in almost every
: country was zero, yet you have semi-official
: monarchies in Serbia, Romania, Albania and
: Now you have Hungary looking more positively
: on its monarchical past.
: Interesting times to be a monarchist.
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