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
The unquestioning acceptance of the monarchy has begun to crack.
In recent years, prominent Dutch businessmen and authors formed a Republican
Mike Cooper, Het Financieele Dagblad, 7 oktober