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August 26, 2019


Monarchy was the prevalent form of government
in the history of Europe throughout the Middle Ages, only occasionally competing with
communalism, notably in the case of the Maritime republics and the Swiss Confederacy. Republicanism became more prevalent in the
Early Modern period, but monarchy remained predominant in Europe during the 19th century. Since the end of World War I, however, most
European monarchies have been abolished. There remain, as of 2016, twelve (12) sovereign
monarchies in Europe. Of these, seven are kingdoms: Denmark, Norway
and Sweden and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland are of pre-modern
origin; the kingdoms of the Netherlands and of Belgium were established in 1815 and 1830,
respectively; the Kingdom of Spain, founded in 1479, was abolished in 1931, restored in
1947/69, before Spain transitioned to democracy in 1978 as a constitutional monarchy. The principalities of Andorra, Liechtenstein,
and Monaco and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg were restored as sovereign states in the aftermath
of the Napoleonic Wars. The State of the Vatican City was recognized
as a sovereign state administered by the Holy See in 1929. Ten of these monarchies are hereditary, and
two are elective: Vatican City (the Pope, elected at the papal conclave), and Andorra
(technically a semi-elective diarchy, the joint heads of state being the elected President
of France and the Bishop of Urgell, appointed by the Pope). Most of the monarchies in Europe are constitutional
monarchies, which means that the monarch does not influence the politics of the state: either
the monarch is legally prohibited from doing so, or the monarch does not utilize the political
powers vested in the office by convention. The exceptions are Liechtenstein and Monaco,
which are usually considered semi-constitutional monarchies due to the large influence the
princes still have on politics, and Vatican City, which is a theocratic absolute elective
monarchy. There is currently no major campaign to abolish
the monarchy (see monarchism and republicanism) in any of the twelve states, although there
is a significant minority of republicans in many of them (e.g. the political organisation
Republic in the United Kingdom). Currently seven of the twelve monarchies are
members of the European Union: Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden
and the United Kingdom. At the start of the 20th century, France,
Switzerland and San Marino were the only European nations to have a republican form of government. The ascent of republicanism to the political
mainstream started only at the beginning of the 20th century, facilitated by the toppling
of various European monarchies through war or revolution; as at the beginning of the
21st century, most of the states in Europe are republics with either a directly or indirectly
elected head of state.==History=====
Origins===The notion of kingship in Europe ultimately
originates in systems of tribal kingship in prehistoric Europe. The Minoan (c. 3200 – c. 1400 BCE) and Mycenaean
civilisation (c. 1600 – c. 1100 BCE) provide the earliest examples of monarchies in protohistoric
Greece. Thanks to the decipherment of the Linear B
script in 1952, much knowledge has been acquired about society in the Mycenaean realms, where
the kings functioned as leaders of palace economies. The role of kings changed in the following
Greek Dark Ages (c. 1100 – c. 750 BCE) to big gentleman farmers with military power.===Archaic and classical antiquity===Since the beginning of antiquity, monarchy
confronted several republican forms of government, wherein executive power was in the hands of
a number of people that elected leaders in a certain way instead of appointing them by
hereditary succession. During the archaic period (c. 750–500 BCE),
kingship disappeared in almost all Greek poleis, and also in Rome (then still a barely significant
town). After the demise of kingship, the Greek city-states
were initially most often led by nobility (aristocracy), after which their economic
and military power base crumbled. Next, in almost all poleis tyrants usurped
power for two generations (tyranny, 7th and especially 6th century BCE), after which gradually
forms of governments led by the wealthy (oligarchy) or assemblies of free male citizens (democracy)
emerged in Classical Greece (mainly after 500 BCE). Athenian democracy (6th century–322 BCE)
is the best-known example of the latter form; classical Sparta (c. 550–371 BCE) was a
militaristic polis with a remarkable mix between monarchy (dual kingship), aristocracy (Gerousia)
and democracy (Apella); the Roman Republic (c. 509–27 BCE) had a mixed constitution
of oligarchy, democracy and especially aristocracy. The dominant poleis of Athens and Sparta were
weakened by warring each other, especially during the Peloponnesian War (431–404 BCE)
won by Sparta. They were defeated and ruled by Thebes for
a time (371–360 BCE), after which Sparta’s role was over. Eventually, all of Greece was subjugated by
the Macedonian monarchy in 338 BCE, that put an end to the era of free autonomous city-states,
and Athenian democracy as well in 322 BCE. In the subsequent Hellenistic period (334–30
BCE) numerous diadochs (successors of Alexander the Great) fought one another for the kingship
of Macedon, definitively obtained by the Antigonids in 277 BCE. Meanwhile, the Phoenician city-state of Carthage,
located in present-day Tunisia, aside from settling large swaths of North Africa’s coast,
also set up several colonies on Sicily, Sardinia, Corsica, the Baleares and in southern Iberia. The Carthaginian empire, according to tradition
founded in 814 BCE, started out as a monarchy, but in the 4th century transformed into a
republic where suffets (“judges”) ruled. Finally, Rome gradually conquered all of Italy
(primarily after 350 BCE), and defeated Carthage in the Punic Wars (264–146 BCE). In 168, Macedon was subdued by the Romans,
and partitioned into four client republics. These were annexed as Roman provinces in 148,
as happened to Greece in 146, making Rome’s territory envelop all of literate Europe. The remainder of Iberia, the Illyrian coast
and eventually Gaul by general Julius Caesar were added to the Roman Republic, which however
was experiencing an institutional crisis. After defeating his rival Pompey, Caesar was
appointed dictator to restore order. He almost managed to found a dynasty in the
process, but was killed by a republican cabal led by Brutus in 44 BCE.===Roman Empire and legacy===Caesar’s adoptive son Octavian prevailed in
the ensuing civil war, and converted the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire in 27 BCE. He took on the name Augustus, with the rather
humble title of princeps (“first [citizen]”), as if he were merely primus inter pares (“first
among equals”), when he had in fact founded a monarchy. This limited emperorship (Principate) was
strengthened in 284 by Diocletian to absolute reign (Dominate). The Empire recognised various client kingdoms
under imperial suzerainty; most of these were in Asia, but tribal client kings were also
recognized by the Roman authorities in Britannia. Most of the barbarian kingdoms established
in the 5th century (the kingdoms of the Suebi, Burgundi, Vandals,
Franks, Visigoths, Ostrogoths) recognized the Roman Emperor at least nominally, and
Germanic kingdoms would continue to mint coins depicting the Roman emperor well into the
6th century. It was this derivation of the authority of
kingship from the Christian Roman Empire that would be at the core of the medieval institution
of kingship in Europe and its notion of the divine right of kings, as well as the position
of the Pope in Latin Christendom, the restoration of the Roman Empire under Charlemagne and
the derived concept of the Holy Roman Empire in Western Europe.===Medieval Europe===
The monarchies of Europe in the Christian Middle Ages derived their claim from Christianisation
and the divine right of kings, partly influenced by the notion of sacral kingship inherited
from Germanic antiquity. The great powers of Europe in the Early Modern
period were the result of a gradual process of centralization of power taking place over
the course of the Middle Ages. The Early Middle Ages begin with a fragmentation
of the former Western Roman Empire into “barbarian kingdoms”. In Western Europe, the kingdom of the Franks
developed into the Carolingian Empire by the 8th century, and the kingdoms of Anglo-Saxon
England were unified into the kingdom of England by the 10th century. With the breakup of the Carolingian Empire
in the 9th century, the system of feudalism places kings at the head of a pyramid of relationships
between liege lords and vassals, dependent on the regional rule of barons, and the intermediate
positions of counts (or earls) and dukes. The core of European feudal manorialism in
the High Middle Ages were the territories of the kingdom of France, the Holy Roman Empire
(centered on the nominal kingdoms of Germany and Italy) and the kingdoms of England and
Scotland.===Early Modern Europe===With the rise of nation-states and the Protestant
Reformation, the theory of divine right justified the king’s absolute authority in both political
and spiritual matters. The theory came to the fore in England under
the reign of James I of England (1603–1625, also known as James VI of Scotland 1567–1625). Louis XIV of France (1643–1715) strongly
promoted the theory as well. Early modern Europe was dominated by the Wars
of Religion, notably the Thirty Years’ War, during which the major European monarchies
developed into centralised great powers sustained by their colonial empires. The main European powers in the early modern
period were: the Kingdom of France with its colonial empire
the Portuguese Empire of the Kingdom of Portugal (personal union with Spain 1580–1640)
the Spanish Empire of Habsburg Spain (after 1700 Bourbon Spain)
the British Empire of the English and Scottish Union of the Crowns (after 1707 the Kingdom
of Great Britain) the Holy Roman Empire was increasingly dominated
by the Habsburg Monarchy and by Prussia the Tsardom of Russia
the kingdom of Poland as the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth
the kingdom of Sweden rose to the status of great power as the comparatively short-lived
Swedish Empire due to the Thirty Years’ War the kingdom of Denmark-NorwayThe House of
Habsburg became the most influential royal dynasty in continental Europe by the 17th
century, divided into the Spanish and Austrian branches.===Modern Europe===The modern resurgence of parliamentarism and
anti-monarchism began with the temporary overthrow of the English monarchy by the Parliament
of England in 1649, followed by the American Revolution (1775–83) and especially the
French Revolution (1789–99). The absolutist Kingdom of France was first
transformed to a constitutional monarchy (1791–2), before being fully abolished on 21 September
1792, and eventually the former king even executed, to the other European courts’ great
shock. During the subsequent French Revolutionary
Wars (1792–1799), the great European monarchies were unable to restore the monarchy; instead,
the French First Republic expanded and annexed neighbouring territories, or converted them
into loyal sister republics. Meanwhile, the German Mediatization of 1803
thoroughly rearranged the political structure of the Holy Roman Empire, with many small
principalities and all ecclesiastical lands being annexed by larger monarchies. After Napoleon seized power, however, he gradually
constructed a new imperial order in French-controlled Europe, first by crowning himself Emperor
of the French in 1804, and then converting the sister republics into monarchies ruled
by his relatives. Following Napoleon’s defeat in 1814 and 1815,
the reactionary Congress of Vienna determined that all of Europe should consist of strong
monarchies (with the exception of Switzerland and a few insignificant republics). In France, the Bourbon dynasty was restored,
replaced by the liberal July Monarchy in 1830, before the entire monarchy was again abolished
during the Revolutions of 1848. The popular Napoleon III was able to proclaim
himself Emperor in 1852, thus founding the Second French Empire. The kingdoms of Sicily and Naples (“Two Sicilies”)
were absorbed into the kingdom of Sardinia to form the Kingdom of Italy in 1861. Austria and Prussia vied to unite all German
states under their banner, with Prussia emerging victorious in 1866. It succeeded in provoking Napoleon III to
declare war, defeat France and absorb the southern German states into the German Empire
in the process (1870–71). From the ashes of the Second Empire rose the
French Third Republic, the only great republican European power until World War I. Much of 19th century politics was characterised
by the division between anti-monarchist Radicalism and monarchist Conservativism. The Kingdom of Spain was briefly abolished
in 1873, restored 1874–1931 and again in 1978. The Kingdom of Portugal was abolished in 1910. The Russian Empire ended in 1917, the Kingdom
of Prussia in 1918. The Kingdom of Hungary fell under Habsburg
rule in 1867 and was dissolved in 1918 (restored 1920–1946). Likewise, the Kingdom of Bohemia under Habsburg
rule was dissolved in 1918. The Napoleonic Wars transformed the political
landscape of Europe, and a number of modern kingdoms were formed in a resurgence of monarchism
after the defeat of the French Empire: the Austrian Empire and Austria-Hungary (1804–1918)
the Kingdom of Württemberg (1805–1918) the Kingdom of Bavaria (1805–1918)
the Kingdom of the Netherlands (1805 to present) the Kingdom of Saxony (1806–1918)
the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies (1808–1861) the Kingdom of France (1814–1848)
the Kingdom of Hanover (1814–1866) the Kingdom of Poland (1815–1867/1918)
the Kingdom of Belgium (1830 to present) the Kingdom of Greece (1832–1973)
the Kingdom of Italy (1861–1946) the German Empire (1871–1918)
the Kingdom of Romania (1882–1947) the Kingdom of Serbia (1882–1918)
the Kingdom of Bulgaria (1908–1946)Many countries abolished the monarchy in the 20th
century and became republics, especially in the wake of either World War I or World War
II. Monarchies established during the interbellum
period were: the Kingdom of Yugoslavia (1918–1945)
the Kingdom of Hungary (1920–1946) the Kingdom of Albania (1928–1944)===Territorial evolution=====
Current monarchies=====
Table of monarchies in Europe======
Descriptions=======
Andorra====Andorra has been a co-principality since the
signing of a paréage in 1278, when the count of Foix and the bishop of La Seu d’Urgell
agreed to share sovereignty over the landlocked country. After the title of the count of Foix had been
passed to the kings of Navarre, and after Henry of Navarre had become Henry IV of France,
an edict was issued in 1607 which established the French head of state as the legal successor
to the count of Foix in regard to the paréage. Andorra was annexed by the First French Empire
together with Catalonia in 1812–1813. After the Empire’s demise, Andorra became
independent again. The current joint monarchs are Bishop Joan
Enric Vives Sicília and President Emmanuel Macron of France.====Belgium====Belgium has been a kingdom since 21 July 1831
without interruption, after it became independent from the United Kingdom of the Netherlands
with Léopold I as its first king. Belgium is the only remaining popular monarchy
in the world: The monarch is formally known as the “King of the Belgians”, not the “King
of Belgium”. While in a referendum held on 12 March 1950,
57.68 percent of the Belgians voted in favor of allowing Léopold III, whose conduct during
World War II had been considered questionable and who had been accused of treason, to return
to the throne; due to civil unrest, he opted to abdicate in favor of his son Baudouin I
on 16 July 1951. The current monarch is Philippe.====Denmark====In Denmark, the monarchy goes back to the
prehistoric times of the legendary kings, before the 10th century. Currently, about 80 per cent support keeping
the monarchy. The current monarch is Margrethe II. The Danish monarchy also includes the Faroe
Islands and Greenland which are parts of the Kingdom of Denmark with internal home rule. Due to this status, the monarch has no separate
title for these regions.====Liechtenstein====Liechtenstein formally came into existence
on 23 January 1719, when Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor decreed the lordship of Schellenberg
and the countship of Vaduz united and raised to the dignity of a principality. Liechtenstein was a part of the Holy Roman
Empire until the Treaty of Pressburg was signed on 26 December 1805; this marked Liechtenstein’s
formal independence, though it was a member of the Confederation of the Rhine and the
German Confederation afterwards. While Liechtenstein was still closely aligned
with Austria-Hungary until World War I, it realigned its politics and its customs and
monetary institutions with Switzerland instead. Having been a constitutional monarchy since
1921, Hans-Adam II demanded more influence in Liechtenstein’s politics in the early 21st
century, which he was granted in a referendum held on 16 March 2003, effectively making
Liechtenstein a semi-constitutional monarchy again. However, the constitutional changes also provide
for the possibility of a referendum to abolish the monarchy entirely. The current monarch is Hans-Adam II, who turned
over the day-to-day governing decisions to his son and heir Alois, Hereditary Prince
of Liechtenstein on 15 August 2004.====Luxembourg====Luxembourg has been an independent grand duchy
since 9 June 1815. Originally, Luxembourg was in personal union
with the United Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Kingdom of the Netherlands from 16
March 1815 until 23 November 1890. While Wilhelmina succeeded Willem III in the
Netherlands, this was not possible in Luxembourg due to the order of succession being based
on Salic law at that time; he was succeeded instead by Adolphe. In a referendum held on 28 September 1919,
80.34 per cent voted in favor of keeping the monarchy. The current monarch is Henri.====Monaco====Monaco has been ruled by the House of Grimaldi
since 1297. From 1793 until 1814, Monaco was under French
control; the Congress of Vienna designated Monaco as being a protectorate of the Kingdom
of Sardinia from 1815 until 1860, when the Treaty of Turin ceded the surrounding counties
of Nice and Savoy to France. Menton and Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, part of
Monaco until the mid-19th century before seceding in hopes of being annexed by Sardinia, were
ceded to France in exchange for 4,000,000 French francs with the Franco-Monegasque Treaty
in 1861, which also formally guaranteed Monaco its independence. Until 2002, Monaco would have become part
of France had the house of Grimaldi ever died out; in a treaty signed that year, the two
nations agreed that Monaco would remain independent even in such a case. The current monarch is Albert II.====Netherlands====Though while not using the title of king until
1815, the Dutch Royal House has been an intricate part of the politics of the Low Countries
since medieval times. In 1566, the stadtholder William of Orange
became the main leader of the Dutch revolt against the Spanish Habsburgs that set off
the Eighty Years’ War and resulted in the formal independence of the United Provinces
in 1581. He was born in the House of Nassau as Count
of Nassau-Dillenburg. He became Prince of Orange in 1544 and is
thereby the founder of the branch House of Orange-Nassau
His descendants became de facto heads of state of the Dutch Republic during the 16th to 18th
centuries, which was an effectively hereditary role. For the last half century of its existence,
it became an officially hereditary role and thus a monarchy (though maintaining republican
pretense) under Prince William IV. His son, Prince William V, was the last stadtholder
of the republic, whose own son, King William I, became the first king of the United Kingdom
of the Netherlands, which was established on 16 March 1815 after the Napoleonic Wars. With the independence of Belgium on 21 July
1831, the Netherlands formally became the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The current monarch is Willem-Alexander.====Norway====Norway was united and independent for the
first time in 872, as a kingdom. It is thus one of the oldest monarchies in
the world, along with the Swedish and Danish ones. Norway was part of the Kalmar Union from 1397
until 1524, then part of Denmark–Norway from 1536 until 1814, and finally part of
the Union between Sweden and Norway from 1814 until 1905. Norway became completely independent again
on 7 June 1905. Support for establishing a republic lies around
20 per cent. The current monarch is Harald V.====Spain====Spain came into existence as a single, united
kingdom under Charles I of Spain on 23 January 1516. The monarchy was briefly abolished by the
First Spanish Republic from 11 February 1873 until 29 December 1874. The monarchy was abolished again on 14 April
1931, first by the Second Spanish Republic – which lasted until 1 April 1939 – and
subsequently by the dictatorship of Francisco Franco, who ruled until his death on 20 November
1975. Monarchy was restored on 22 November 1975
under Juan Carlos I, who was also the monarch until his abdication in 2014. His son Felipe VI is the current monarch. The 1978 constitution confirms the title of
the monarch is the King of Spain, but that he may also use other titles historically
associated with the Crown, including the kingdoms of Castile and León,
Aragon, the Two Sicilies, Jerusalem, Navarre, Granada, Seville, Toledo, Valencia, Galicia,
Sardinia, Córdoba, Corsica, etc. Today, there is a large number of organisations
campaigning in favor of establishing a Third Spanish Republic; Data from 2006 suggest that
only 25 percent of Spaniards are in favor of establishing a republic; however, the numbers
have increased since Juan Carlos I abdicated.====Sweden====Sweden’s monarchy goes back as far as the
Danish one, to the semi–legendary kings before the 10th century, since then it has
not been interrupted. However, the unification of the rivalling
kingdoms Svealand and Götaland (consolidation of Sweden) did not occur until some time later,
possibly in the early 11th century. The current royal family, the House of Bernadotte,
has reigned since 1818. The current monarch is Carl XVI Gustaf.====United Kingdom====The monarchy of the United Kingdom can be
defined to have started either with the Kingdoms of England (871) or Scotland (843), with the
Union of the Crowns on 24 March 1603, or with the Acts of Union of 1 May 1707. It was briefly interrupted by the English
Interregnum, with the Commonwealth of England existing in its stead from 30 January 1649
until 15 December 1653 and from 26 May 1659 until 25 May 1660 and the Protectorate taking
its place from 16 December 1653 until 25 May 1659. The current monarch is Elizabeth II. Support for establishing a republic instead
of a monarchy was around 18 per cent in the United Kingdom in 2006, while a majority thinks
that there will still be a monarchy in the United Kingdom in ten years’ time, public
opinion is rather uncertain about a monarchy still existing in fifty years and a clear
majority believes that the monarchy will no longer exist a century after the poll. Public opinion is, however, certain that the
monarchy will still exist in thirty years. About 30 per cent are in favour of discontinuing
the monarchy after Elizabeth’s death. The monarch of the United Kingdom is also
the monarch of the fifteen other Commonwealth realms, none of which are in Europe. Some of these realms have significant levels
of support for republicanism.====Vatican City====
Differently from the Holy See, in existence for almost two thousand years, the Vatican
City was not a sovereign state until the 20th century. In the 19th century the annexation of the
Papal States by the Kingdom of Sardinia, and the subsequent establishment of the Kingdom
of Italy, was not recognized by the Vatican. However, by the Lateran Treaty of 1929, the
Kingdom of Italy recognized Vatican City as an independent state, and vice versa. Since then, the elected monarch of the Vatican
City state has been the current pope. The pope still officially carries the title
“King of the Ecclesiastical State” (in Latin: Rex Status Ecclesiæ).===Succession laws===The succession order is determined by primogeniture
in most European monarchies. Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands,
Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom now adhere to absolute primogeniture, whereby
the eldest child inherits the throne, regardless of gender; Monaco and Spain have the older
system of male-preference primogeniture, while Liechtenstein uses agnatic primogeniture. In 1990, Norway granted absolute primogeniture
to the Norwegian throne, meaning that the eldest child, regardless of gender, takes
precedence in the line of succession. This was not, however, done retroactively
(as, for example, Sweden had done in 1980), meaning that Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway
continues to take precedence over his older sister. There are plans to change to absolute primogeniture
in Spain through a rather complicated process, as the change entails a constitutional amendment. Two successive parliaments will have to pass
the law by a two-thirds majority and then put it to a referendum. As parliament has to be dissolved and new
elections have to be called after the constitutional amendment is passed for the first time, the
previous Presidente del Gobierno José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero indicated he would wait
until the end of his first term in 2008 before passing the law, although this deadline passed
without the referendum being called. The amendment enjoys strong public support.To
change the order of succession in the United Kingdom, as the Queen of the United Kingdom
is also the queen of the fifteen other Commonwealth realms, a change had to be agreed and made
by all of the Commonwealth realms together. In the United Kingdom, the Succession to the
Crown Act 2013 was enacted, and after completion of the legislative alterations required in
some other realms, the changes came into effect across the Commonwealth realms on 26 March
2015. Liechtenstein uses agnatic primogeniture (aka
Salic law), which completely excludes women from the order of succession unless there
are no male heirs of any kind present, and was criticised for this by a United Nations
committee for this perceived gender equality issue in November 2007.The co-princes of Andorra
are the president of the French Republic, who is elected by the French people, and the
Bishop of La Seu d’Urgell, who is appointed by the Pope. The absolute monarch of Vatican City, the
Pope, is elected by the College of Cardinals. The current ruler is Pope Francis. Luxembourg also used agnatic primogeniture
until 20 June 2011, when absolute primogeniture was introduced.===Costs===
One issue that occasionally rises is whether the monarchies are too expensive when compared
to republics, or whether particular monarchies are more expensive than others, to maintain. This comparison may be hard to draw, since
financial administration may differ radically from country to country, and not all profits
and costs are publicly known, and because of different arrangements regarding the private
property of the monarch. In the UK, the Crown Estate has a special
legal status making it neither government property nor the private property of the monarch. Revenues from these hereditary possessions
have been placed at the disposition of the British government (thus proceeding directly
to the Treasury) by every monarch since the accession of George III in 1760; the revenues
of GBP 304.1 million (fiscal year of 2015/16) far exceed the expenses of the British royal
family in this sense resulting in a “negative cost” of the British monarchy. In 2016, Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant published
an overview of the annual expenditure (excluding security expenses) of all European royal houses
(not counting Luxembourg and the four monarchical European microstates). In 2013, professor Herman Matthijs from Ghent
University calculated the costs of the seven EU monarchies plus Norway, and compared them
to the EU’s two most populous republics, France and Germany. His four main conclusions were: The personal salaries of presidents are lower
than those of monarchs; The transparency differs between republics
and monarchies, and is formally regulated in republics;
In republics, pension costs of former heads of state are higher, although the figures
don’t say so; The existence of subsidies to family members
of the heads of state in some monarchies increases their expenses.He stressed that the financial
administration’s transparency differs enormously between countries; especially the non-transparent
monarchies may be much more expensive than is publicly known. This means comparing them to republics, especially
the very transparent administration of France where citizens can know exactly what they
pay for, may be unfair. In a 2015 interview with NRC Handelsblad,
Matthijs commented that the then-known €7.7 million allotted to the royal house in Spain’s
national budget was ‘unbelievable’: “I can’t find out more, but I understand from the media
that the total expenses of the Spanish house may be as much as 80 million.”===Calls for abolition===Calls for the abolition of Europe’s monarchies
have been widespread since the development of republicanism in the 17th to 18th centuries
during the Enlightenment. During the French Revolution, the Ancien Régime
in France was abolished, and in all territories the French First Republic conquered during
the following Coalition Wars, sister republics were proclaimed. However, after Napoleon crowned himself Emperor
of the French in 1804, all of these (except Switzerland) were converted back to monarchies
headed by his relatives. The post-Napoleonic European Restoration reaffirmed
the monarchical balance of power on the continent. In subsequent decades, republicanism would
regain lost ground with the rise of liberalism, nationalism, and later socialism. The Revolutions of 1848 were largely inspired
by republicanism. Most of Europe’s monarchies were abolished
either during or following World War I or World War II, and the remaining monarchies
were transformed into constitutional monarchies. Republican movements in Europe remain active
up to present. The most prominent organisations campaigning
to eliminate one or more of Europe’s remaining monarchies and/or to liquidate assets reserved
for reigning families are affiliated with the Alliance of European Republican Movements,
but there are smaller independent initiatives as well, such as Hetis2013 in the Netherlands. Also, some political parties (e.g. Podemos
in Spain) have stepped up and called for national referenda to abolish monarchies.===Calls for restoration===The political influence of monarchism in former
European monarchies is very limited. The most influential such movement was Carlism
in Spain, calling for the restoration of the Bourbon (rather than the Habsburg) dynasty. Carlism playing a significant role in the
Spanish Civil War in the 1930s. The Bourbon dynasty was eventually restored,
in a constitutional monarchy, in 1978. There are several monarchist parties in France,
most notably the Action Française (established 1899). Monarchist parties also exist in the Czech
Republic (1991), in Greece (2010), in Italy (1972) and in Russia (2012). Otto von Habsburg renounced all pretense to
the Habsburg titles in 1958, and monarchism in Austria has next to no political influence;
a German monarchist organisation called Tradition und Leben has been in existence since 1959. Monarchism in Bavaria has had more significant
support, including Franz Josef Strauss, minister-president of Bavaria from 1978–1988.==See also==
List of European Union member states by political system
Monarchies in the Americas Monarchies in Oceania
Monarchies in Africa Monarchies in Asia==References====
Further reading==Louda, Jiří; Maclagan, Michael (1991). Lines of Succession: Heraldry of the Royal
Families of Europe. Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-02-897255-8.

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