The archduke was also a dedicated European, again, something Orban isn't (although he does welcome the money out of Brussels of course!).
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.
: Is very interesting, refocusing attention on a
: 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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