I am so glad that this is a thread! I saw it in the free newspaper and was intrigued. Let's talk monarchs!
The human rights court will most likely favour the prince, it does not look kindly on discrimination based on heredity!
The emperor did not officially abdicate; he granted the assemblies of his realms a greater share in governance, much like the English monarchs have
done for centuries. The difference is that the English have gradually expanded the 'government club,' but the Austrian, German and Russian monarchs
had been far too conservative
to allow gradual democratization. Otto von Hapsburg
may have abdicated, but this does not cancel out his son's birthright.
As I predicted in one of my threads (please check my profile if you care!) the popular sentiments in Europe are turning back towards monarchism. After
each of the world wars, the monarchies that lost to the Anglo-American Allies were left severely weakened and unable to maintain power over the
country. The main appeal of a monarch is that they are personally responsible
for the maintenance of state affairs; if the state falters, so do
their own fortunes. This motivates monarchs to be very careful and conservative, and leads them to try to stabilize the realm. Elected presidents and
sovereign Assemblies lack this personal investment in the affairs of state; it does not matter to them whether or not the realm is stable, as long as
they can achieve their own agendas. Monarchs will present themselves as forces of stability and fiscal responsibility
when they are ready to
run for public office again. It is easy to see how they can present monarchy as an alternative to messy presidential governments.
An important note: after the world wars, because the surviving monarchies had so depleted their resources, they were unable to support monarchists in
other countries. The White Russians, for example, were defeated by the Red Army despite the support of the House of Windsor. The power that filled the
vacuum was the United States, which promoted republican groups in the former monarchies; the free states that resulted from the world wars adopted
republican constitutions for the most part (Yugoslavia is an important exception, I suspect because the King of Italy had vital interests in the
region). I suspect that, as the USA's power wanes due to the economic crisis, their republican comrades across Europe will find themselves without
their greatest backer and will wane alongside the Americans.
edit on 6-10-2010 by SmedleyBurlap because: (no reason given)