European monarchies do rather well for outdated institutes. The Grand Duke of Luxemburg Henry I of Luxemburg (1955) is the most recent proof of the pudding.
In his Christmas speech of 2012 he referred to a further limitation of grand-ducal power and the necessity of modernization of the constitution.
The power of the Grand-Duke is already rather restricted, but Henry almost begged for further limitations of his powers. The Grand-Duke refused to give his consent to the liberal law on euthanasia.
A similar event happened in 1912 when the Grand-Duchess Marie Adelheid (1894-1924) did not sign the liberal law on education. Religious motives were behind both refusals. In her first year as Grand-Duchess (1912-1919), she refused to sign a law. Two years later she blocked the street with her car to stop advancing German troops.
Henry I put his own right into perspective ‘Dat Recht steet mir guer net zou’ ( I should not have that right at all, that means to refuse a law, which had already passed parliament).
Does this mean that the dynastic monarchy is outdated? Countries with a dynastic head of state are among the most modern, stable, and happiest in Europe.
One could even argue that Spain and Belgium owe the monarchy a lot. What should have been the outcome of the coup d’etat in Spain in 1981 or the future of Belgium without a monarchy?
One could even argue that presidential systems have a profound monarchic impact, such as the (five) ´presidents´ of the EU and France.
The well functioning national monarchies are subject to debate because the system should be anachronistic and not democratic. To a certain extent that may be true, but the institute in its sole capacity of head of state performs rather well.
The democratic deficit at the European level is a real concern, however. Critics rather should concentrate on the functioning of the European Union and the ECB instead.
The self-proclaimed Great Europeans and their media worry about the appointment of judges and pressidential elections in the USA. The (legal) system functions rather well, however.
What is the status, if any, of the European elections? Who are the European judges, who appoint them and what is their background? Mrs. Lagarde has also been the subject of a criminal investigation and was also sentenced (very mildly after the French Strauss-Kahn scandal).
And so on, and so on. They are the new monarchs of Europe, they call themselves ‘Great Europeans’ and they are the new untouchables.
Their disastrous, illegal, and utterly undemocratic (euro) policies are ‘without alternative’, so they claim.
They support dictatorships worldwide and they have self-proclaimed clean hands concerning immigration/refugees. Dictators, warlords, and militia do the dirty work for them instead. The Wall of Trump is a paradise compared to the immigration policy, if any, of the EU.
This EU is more and more a lookalike of the United Nations, which are United neither. And that is not a compliment.