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What benefits does the African trade bloc bring to the African Union's member states?

What benefits does the African trade bloc bring to the AU's member states and what changes does this deal bring?
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Does Prabowo really have any reasonable reason to believe he is winning?

Quick counts clearly says that Jokowi wins by BIG margin. By 9% Yet Prabowo insists that he get 60% of the vote. Is he blatantly lying? https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/world/loser-prabowo-...
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Why is Rajasthan pro BJP in the LS elections but not in the state elections?

The Congress had won the state elections in Rajasthan, and the people were extremely disappointed by Vasundhara Raje's governance. However, most political analysts say that BJP will win a majority in ...
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Was there an OSCE mission observing the Scottish independence referendum?

Even though the United Kingdom is an established democracy, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) did observe for instance the 2017 general election. There's both a "needs ...
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How many local recounts were conducted in the Scottish independence referendum?

A 2014 article in the Telegraph noted that The chief counting officer for the Scottish independence referendum has confirmed there can be no national recount even if the result is close. But ...
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Are there any polls on the new Swiss immigration referendum question?

Apparently after the "betrayal" of the first Swiss immigration-limiting referendum (of Feb 2014) by their parliament, which passed a substantially watered down law (in 2016), there's now going to be ...
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Why did Israel vote against lifting the American embargo on Cuba?

Every single country in the world except for the United States and Israel voted for the United States to end the embargo on Cuba. My question is, why Israel? Many of the nations on this list are our ...
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Does the new EU-Swiss draft deal contain explicit provisions on immigration quotas?

An article in Thelocal.ch says that negotiations on the new draft EU-Swiss deal were spurred by the 2014-2017 Swiss imposition of immigration quotas. (The dates refer to the decision(s), not to the ...
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Why is there so little support for joining EFTA in the British parliament?

What are disadvantages of joining European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and negotiating deals similar to the ones between the EU and Switzerland? It would eliminate the need for a hard border in ...
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What happens to leftover funds from primary candidates? [duplicate]

A bunch of Democrats are running for the nomination. Many of them are getting huge amounts of money. With the ones who don’t become the nominee, what happens to leftover donations? Do they return them ...
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Can William Barr fully comply with the House Judicial Committee Subpoena? [on hold]

Background On April 19th, Jarrold Nadler, head of the House Judicial Committee, supoenaed Attorney General William Barr for the full unredacted Mueller Report, with very little exceptions. Problem ...
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By what mechanism was the 2017 UK General Election called?

Did the 2017 General Election occur via the invocation of the following clause in the Fixed Term Parliaments Act? If the House of Commons, with the support of two-thirds of its total membership (...
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Can the European Commission be said to have been elected on a platform? [on hold]

Can the executive Government in the European Union, the European Commission, be said to have been elected on a platform?
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Is it unconstitutional for a state to indict, charge, and bring to trial a sitting president (for a state crime).?

The bulwark justification for a US Attorney to not indict a sitting president appears to lie in the US Justice Department's legal memo " A Sitting President's Amenability to Indictment and Criminal ...
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Relating to the President and obstruction, were Mueller's conclusions preordained?

On Page 2 of Volume II (PDF), Mueller writes: Third, we considered whether to evaluate the conduct we investigated under the Justice Manual standards governing prosecution and declination decisions,...
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What exactly do these four forms of redaction mean?

In the Redacted Mueller report, four reasons for redaction are given: Harm to Ongoing Matter Personal Privacy Investigative Technique Grand Jury What is the official explanation, with citations, for ...
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Do snap/early elections usually benefit those triggering them?

I'm looking for an empirical survey (that hopefully covers more than one country) addressing the issue whether snap/early elections typically benefit those calling them, either the sole party in power ...
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What cases of potential obstruction are described in the Mueller report?

The two main issues investigated by Mueller with regard to Trump seem to be conspiracy and obstruction of justice. We already have a question here which deals with the conspiracy issue. What about ...
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How does government know it is doing good to its citizens?

How does a government in general know (find out) whether it is doing good to its citizens? Let's define 'good' of citizen as 'good' of person (human). In my definition it is that each person's ...
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Do the words “collude” or “collusion” actually appear in the Mueller Report? [on hold]

Considering that there is no relevant crime called collusion, do the words "collude", "collusion", or any other form of the words actually appear in the Mueller Report? If so, how many times? This ...
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How does the possibility of snap elections provide an electoral benefit to voters?

I live in Canada, which used to have, inspired by the British system, federal elections every 5 years, plus the possibility of snap elections. It was actually reformed to every 4 years, fixed. My ...
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Do any countries besides the UK have a “triple lock” on pensions?

The Economist wrote before the 2017 UK general election: The average incomes of retired households are now higher than those of working ones, once housing costs are accounted for. Small wonder that ...
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Does the Mueller report show a conspiracy between Russia and the Trump Campaign?

According to the information contained in the Mueller Report, was there a conspiracy between the Trump Campaign and Russia? By conspiracy, I mean both the legal definition and in an informal sense; ...
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How does Belgium enforce obligatory attendance in elections?

Wikipedia's page on Voter Turnout states the following about obligatory attendance in Belgium: In both Belgium, which has obligatory attendance, and Malta, which does not, participation reaches ...
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Who can remove European Commissioners?

Who, within the governance structures of the European Union, has the power to remove a European Commissioner? I think the European Parliament can remove the entire Commission via vote of no ...
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Did Mueller's report provide new evidence for the claim of Russian govt election interference via social media?

Over the past several years, many in the US (government and mainstream media) have argued that the Russian government ("The Russians") interfered with the 2016 US elections through the "Internet ...
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Has Ukraine implemented section 11 of the Minsk II agreement?

The Minsk II Agreement calls for (2) Pull-out of all heavy weapons by both sides to equal distance with the aim of creation of a security zone on minimum 50 kilometres (31 mi) apart for artillery ...
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Why was the Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers likened to “a bus trip with the Marx brothers in the driver's seat”?

The European Union: Politics and Policies (2017 6 edn). p. 126 Middle. What does "a bus trip with the Marx brothers in the driver's seat" mean? Why was the Italian Presidency of the Council of ...
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Why did 19th-cent. US presidents have less role in government than Congress or the states, and were more executives than leaders?

The European Union: Politics and Policies (2017 6 edn). pp 102 Bottom - 103 Middle.         Serving a renewable five-year term, the president of the Commission oversees ...
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What is the difference between globalisation and imperialism?

It seems obvious to start by looking at the first few lines on Wikipedia: Wikipedia on globalisation Globalization or globalisation is the process of interaction and integration among people, ...
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Is revolution possible anymore? [on hold]

When a government ceases to serve its citizens or becomes hostile to them, it is the right of the people to rise up and replace it. This has happened many times in history. But several lifestyle ...
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Did everyone named in the Mueller report get to read it in advance?

Attorney General Bill Barr said this in a press conference today, in regard to the Mueller Report: In addition, earlier this week, the President’s personal counsel requested and were given the ...
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Do elected officials need to pass background checks to obtain security clearances?

I was in the Navy and during my time I needed a background check to get the required security clearance. How does this work with elected officials? Can the president of the United States, senator, or ...
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Do any jurisdictions seriously consider reclassifying social media websites as publishers?

The US Communications Decency Act of 1996 was the first attempt to regulate pornography on the internet. Moreover, section 230 of the act has been used by internet companies to avoid being ...
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Did only retired people vote in a majority for the Conservatives in the UK 2017 General Election?

I was looking through the wikipedia article for the 2017 general election in the UK, and found these numbers provided by a YouGov poll that broke down the voting results by demographic. Most of the ...
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Why has self-regulation of social media failed? [on hold]

Canadian Minister of Democratic Institutions, Katrina Gould, has said that ‘all options are on the table’ when it comes to regulating social media companies as she recognised that ‘self-regulation has ...
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How does Indonesia's unofficial presidential election tally finish with “head-snapping” speed?

The NPR News item and podcast In Indonesia, Joko Widodo Secures Another 5-Year Term As President says: "Let us reunite as family. Let us strengthen our unity," he said. He urged patience until the ...
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Do any countries use a codified version of the “matter of confidence” of (former) UK tradition?

By tradition that appears to be in question now there used to be case in the UK that governments could designate a particular vote as being a ‘matter of confidence’ – which means they would ...
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What were the legal consequences of the 2010 power struggle surrounding article 114 of the Romanian constitution?

Apparently there was a big power struggle in Romania in 2010 involving article 114 of their constitution, which allows the government to "engage responsibility" for a law, thus pass it without an ...
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Which countries have largely copied article 49 para 3 of the French constitution?

Roughly speaking, article 49.3 of the French constitution allows the government to pass a law without an explicit vote in the legislative assembly by "committing government's responsibility". The ...
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What is the exact architecture of the West Bank ‘segregation’ wall in Israel?

It came as something of a surprise to find out that the infamous segregation wall that encloses the West Bank does not enclose its entire circumference. Q. What percentage of the West Bank ...
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How does Israel teach the Nakba, if at all?

How goes Israel go about teaching the Nakba (1948 Palestinian exodus)?
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Why did Roosevelt decide to implement a maximum wage through taxation rather than a simple ceiling?

In 1942, FDR asked Congress to implement a 100% tax on all incomes over $25,000 (around $375,000 today). This was backed by the unions and a clear majority of the voting public. In fact, such a tax ...
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What are the main reasons for the massive increase in CEO pay inequality over the last thirty years?

Using Switzerland as a paradigmatic case, the ratio of CEO pay to the worker with lowest pay increased from 6x in 1984 to 43 x in 2011 (source: The Guardian). What specific policy or policies have ...
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Why was Switzerland’s maximum wage proposal defeated? [on hold]

In Switzerland, CEO pay increased from 6x lowest pay in 1984 to 43x in 2011. Hence Switzerland’s young Socialists held a referendum in 2013 to cap executive pay at 12x the lowest which failed at ...
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Is it possible to indefinitely postpone a new parliamentary session in the UK

Traditionally, as I understand it the British parliament sits on annual sessions. Each one starting with a Queen's speech. After an election winning a vote on a Queen's speech is requirement for an ...
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What (if any) secular UK groups are ideologically opposed to jury service?

The HMCTS guidance on jury service states that excusal should be given to: members of generic or secular organisations, whose ideology, or beliefs are incompatible with jury service I am aware ...
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How is the BBC allowed to promote commercial products?

I always had the impression that the BBC, at least up to some point in time, was not allowed to promote commercial products in any way. However when viewing the BBC website, I quite often notice ...
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Can a party unilaterally change candidates in preparation for a General election?

Can a political party unilaterally change candidates in the run up to a general election campaign? For example if too many MPs support policy X and this is seen as an electoral risk, can the party ...
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Has negative voting ever been officially implemented in elections, or seriously proposed, or even studied?

I struggled to name what I'm asking about here. I'm talking about the kind of voting that happens on many websites, including stackexchange: you can upvote something (a question), or you can downvote ...

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