Wanna go Double Dutch?
9th December 2003
"Royals threaten to use veto on referendum about veto: Liechtenstein's royal family has indicated it would veto the results of any referendum that removed the prince's power to veto the results of referendums". Source: Dutch news / Yahoo.
I thougt Liechtenstein was a country, not a comedy show. It would have been rather amusing and altohugh the prince might not wish to give up more power, refusing to do so hardly seems democratic...
29th November 2003
Offer democracy a hand, and it will bite your arm off. Democracy has been bad for monarchs everywhere, if they allowed it they could soon be lowly figureheads in Liechtenstein too. =p
29th January 2005
I don't know much about Lichtenstein beyond its nature being a tax haven. Looking through it I found it interesting the crown's powers was expanded following a referendum in 2003 for a new constitution, which voters approved (63%). This is opposite to what's been going on with a lot of the other royal families whose powers have been reduced over time. The referendum from what I read kept his power to veto as well as providing the prince greater power in the government- again, reverse of the trend in other royal families.
I agree though it's rather an amusing situation. Threatening to veto something to take away your power to veto. It'd be more ironic if it was the same power the Prince was retained in the 2003 constitution.
Edit: The wiki article on the 2003 referendum:
The Princely Initiative asked voters whether or not to approve an extension of the power of the Prince to dismiss the government, nominate judges and veto legislation. The Constitution Peace Initiative asked voters whether to approve or disapprove of constitutional modifications, including modifications which would have restricted the Prince’s powers. The BBC stated that the referendum in effect made Liechtenstein into an "absolute monarchy". However there are certain limitations on the Prince's powers under the constitution. Prince Hans-Adam II had threatened to leave the country and live in exile in Vienna, Austria if the voters had chosen to restrict his powers.