New Republican Society

New Republican Society

The New Republican Society (Nieuw Republikeins Genootschap-NRG) is a Dutch republican society, that was founded in January 1998 in Amsterdam by Ewout Irrgang and Elisabeth van der Steenhoven, as opposed to the Republican Society (Republikeins Genootschap) that only allows members by co-option.[1]


The NRG is against the monarchy because of the succession and seek a democratic way to a republic. The immediate cause of the establishment of the NRG was the celebrations to mark the sixtieth anniversary of Queen Beatrix and the closing of the Dam in Amsterdam for the festivities. On January 20, 1998 released a Republican manifesto, and on January 29 of that year the then NRG spokesman Erik van den Muijzenberg proclaimed on Dam Square, under the eyes of the international press, the Third Republic in the Netherlands.

NRG seeks to bridge the discrepancy between the Dutch form of government and its democratic order by creating a republican form of government. This does the NRG by the numerous developments and incidents, as result of the inevitable friction, critically examining them and stimulating the discussion of this matter. Nationally but also regionally, is the NRG active in this field.

Of a small movement with a few members grew the organization in eight years into a union with more than 1,300 members and seven regional offices in 2006.[2][3]

The society was manifested among others at the wedding of Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima Zorreguieta on February 2, 2002.[4]

Following the enlargement of the European Union, thirteen Republican organizations from all the monarchies of the EU on May 1, 2004 sent a petition to the European Parliament. The thirteen organizations were asking the abolition of the monarchy throughout the European Union.[5] The petition is an initiative of the Belgian Republican Society (Republikeinse Kring-CRK). For the Netherlands, the petition signed by the NRG.

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