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The emergence of new
nation-states from World War I was hailed as a triumph for self-determination,
but the destruction of democratic empires that held them previously hardly
brought peace and prosperity to the continent, especially Central Europe.
Prince Michael of Liechtenstein
By attacking large families and ignoring failed states, Europe is tackling African poverty and the roots of its migration problem from the wrong end.
Far from being relics
of the past, modern monarchies continue to provide valuable services to 21st century
societies. Royal families, for all the occasional foibles of their members,
have retained popular affection in part because they help uphold constitutional
principles and provide a sense of nationhood and cohesion in times of need.
David Alton, Lord Alton of Liverpool