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emoticon rereads what it wrote You appear to have skipped that little word, economy. One man cannot do this unless there is a public consensus. This applies in all kinds of governments. Notice what happened...
I meant that the Executive (Comission and Council of Ministers) is in Brusels, the Judiciary (European Court of Justice) is in Luxembourg, and the Legislature (European Parliament) is in Strasbourg.
The present arrangement, where the Head of State lives on the other side of the planet, rarely visits, and costs us practically nothing, is quite convenient. A republic will come, eventually, perhaps when the present Head of State dies, because despite being convenient, it's also rather silly. It's likely to be much the same as at present, except that the Governor-General will be the notional HOS instead of being the HOS's representative. The office bears little or no power or influence, and demands little formal respect. It's quite unlike Australia, where the GG has real political power. I was amazed recently, when I was is Sydney and attending a performance at the Opera House, that the audience was required to stand while the State Governor of NSW and his long line of hangers-on entered the auditorium. Here, you might notice the GG at the theatre, but only after you have wondered why a uniformed naval officer is sitting in the best seats, and realised that it was the GG's ADC.
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There was more to it than carisma. The ailing President, who was well past being mentally competent, signed away the...
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