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Restored monarchy gains young Germans' support

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    In November 2010 the Radical Royalist published the news that 13 percent of the Germans want a Monarchy. The German magazine stern published an opinion poll, which revealed that 13 percent of the 1,000 Germans asked on 18th and 19th November 2010 favoured a Monarchy. 67 percent oppose it and 20 percent could not make up their mind.

    Surprisingly high was the positive Monarchist response among the young Germans between 18 and 29 years. In this age group 19 percent wish to see a Monarch ruling in Berlin.

    Two and a half years later the Monarchists are on the rise, reported the online news site The Local, Restored monarchy gains young Germans' support. The latest opinion poll which was conducted for the German press agency dpa (Deutsche Presse-Agentur) brought to light the surprising result that in 2013 19 percent said that they would like to see a Monarch in Berlin, 6 percent more than in 2010. Among people aged between 18 and 24 this figure jumped up to more than one in three, 34 percent to be exact, an increase of 15 percent.

    Astonishing 55 percent of all people asked by the YouGov pollsters said, they were “more or less interested” in monarchist topics. Two in three women admitted to be interest in royal matters.

    The growing interest in Germany is partly due to a string of political scandals and two resignations of federal presidents within 18 months. The “inhuldiging” of the new Dutch King Willem-Alexander next Tuesday is exciting many Germans. On 30th April the public television station ARD (Germany’s equivalent to the ABC) will start broadcasting live from Amsterdam at 9 am and the reporting will only finish at 7.50 pm. Commercial TV stations have similar live coverage from the Netherlands; RTL has a three hour programmes from midday onwards.
    Koninklijke Nederlands Munt (KNM)