HET REPUBLIKEINS GENOOTSCHAP


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The position of Queen Beatrix, the most powerful monarch in Europe, has become a hot political
item in the Netherlands. (...) Beatrix is the only European monarch who is
an official member of the government as well as having a ceremonial function.
If Her Majesty does not want Dutch troops to be sent on a United Nations peacekeeping mission to Eritrea,
for example, she can wield her influence over politicians, a constitutional expert said.
The unquestioning acceptance of the monarchy has begun to crack.
In recent years, prominent Dutch businessmen and authors formed a Republican society.


Mike Cooper, Het Financieele Dagblad, 7 oktober 2000

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