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Why are UK MPs targeting the prime minister and not the deal?

Given that the Prime Minister's activity that has given rise to discontent, is the EU deal, that deal is due for imminent voting, and that no obvious alternative candidate or deal is available, what ...
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Deferential attitude at congressional hearings

Why are the subjects of congressional hearings so submissive at these hearings? Take the recent US congressional hearing with the CEO of Google. I found Sundar Pichai extremely patient, calm and ...
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What if nobody wants the job as leader of the UK Conservative Party?

This question as quite hypothetical as I don't believe it will come to pass, but… There is an ongoing situation in which Theresa May, Leader of the United Kingdom Conservative Party and Prime ...
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If the conservative party is so divided on the (right now) most important topic, why are they not splitting courses?

Well living in the Netherlands it is quite common to see parties come and go, where one party splits up and later merges to different parties as situation changes. I keep reading that "internally ...
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Has Sergei Lukyanenko revealed something about his political opinions since 2012?

Has Sergei Lukyanenko (Russian science fiction and fantasy author) made any statement or given a public interview about his political opinions after the article I Will Vote For Putin he wrote in 2012? ...
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Dual Citizenship - Help for integration? [on hold]

some countries like China do not allow dual citizenship. In other countries the original citizenship can not be returned. So, e.g., in Germany there are many people with dual citizenship. So my ...
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How does “giving way” in the UK parliament works?

In UK parliamentary debates, an MP from the Government or Opposition gives a speech on the topic (e.g. see here). Yet, frequently, the person speaking "gives way" to another MP (called "right ...
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Could the UK Parliament defy the delay on the meaningful vote and simply vote on it?

The "Meaningful Vote" that was scheduled for today has yesterday been delayed by the government. Would there be any procedural way for the UK Parliament short of ousting the government to vote on ...
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What is the meaning of grabbing the mace in the British parliament?

I gather from this tweet that grabbing the mace lying on the table of the British House of Commons is an act of protest and has some kind of significance. What significance does this gesture have?
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What is the relationship between age and political ideology?

This question asked whether the current distribution of ages within each political party is similar to the past. This leads to a more general question: what is the relationship between age and ...
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Violating sanctions - Individual or institutions held responsible? [on hold]

Consider the current events (at the time of this post Dec. 11, 2018), as the CFO of Huawei is detained. Exactly what charged will be leveled against her have not yet been revealed, but there is ...
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Why do Europeans pay for European products with US Dollar?

In Jean-Claude Juncker's most recent speech on the state of the European Union, there is this perplexing passage: It is absurd that Europe pays for 80% of its energy import bill – worth 300 ...
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Why government don't simply make polygamy impossible? [on hold]

This question asks why anti Polygamy laws exist. What purpose do anti-Polygamy laws serve? However, Marriage require consent of 3 parties. The man, the wife, and government. If Ann is married to ...
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What is the opposite of libertarian?

Left/Right labels in politics seem insufficient to address the differences in politics today, and adding prefixes like far-left or alt-right seems to simply exaggerate problems. I've seen more ...
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How does the Turkish government have an audio recording of Jamal Khashoggi's killing?

The Turkish government has an audio recording of Jamal Khashoggi's killing in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. How did the Turkish government obtain this recording? Do they have the consulate bugged? ...
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Why do governments of developed countries care about mass protests?

In developing countries, a mass protest could reasonably end up in the local politicians finding themselves in jail or worse, such as what happened in 2011 to Qaddafi. On the other hand, the ...
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Why does the European Court of Justice ruling matter to Brexit?

I read this in a CNN article: The European Court of Justice sided with the advice of its top legal officer, who declared last week that the UK has the power to withdraw its notification to leave ...
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Would Switzerland's direct democracy survive EU membership? [on hold]

The Swiss citizenry has this year ruled, among other things, on extension of federal government's taxation rights until 2035, giving monopoly on money creation to the Swiss National Bank, on the ...
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As a dual EU citizen, which country should I vote in for european elections?

I am a dual EU citizen (which countries is irrelevant here, but both full EU members) and am wondering which of my two countries I should register to vote in for the next European Parliament Elections,...
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Leading of National Assembly in case of absence

Who will be the presiding officer of National Assembly when both speaker and deputy speaker are absent in the National Assembly of Pakistan??
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Why is it called “State of the Union”? Shouldn't it be “State of the Country”? [on hold]

Non-American here. Why is the annual presidential speech given to Congress called "State of the Union"? In these speeches, the president informs Congress on the state of the country, right? So why is ...
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On average, how many attempts of illegal border crossing, do illegals that are caught do? (US-Mexico border)

I suppose a good number of illegal border crossers (illegal immigrants, criminals, asylum rejects, etc) would have to attempt to cross the border several times before either giving up or making it to ...
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Legal rationale for detention of Meng Wanzhou by the United States [duplicate]

Meng Wanzhou, CFO of Chinese multinational Huawei and daughter of its founder was detained on Dec 1, 2018 in Vancouver, Canada, at a request of the United States. How do the United Stated justify ...
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Could the UK unilaterally “restart the clock” on Brexit?

Assume that: The UK withdraws its Article 50 notice (or purports to do so) as the ECJ says it can. The UK waits for whatever length of time is politically expedient. Optionally, the UK holds a "...
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Public policy for air pollution in India

Pollution in New Delhi is constantly on national headlines. The last piece of legislation done relating to air pollution, as far as I could tell was in 1980. If I am not wrong, the ministry ...
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Looking at the bias involved with the Mainstream Media? Conflict of Interest? [on hold]

So, it's no secret that Trump has vilified much of the mainstream media and created an us vs them type dynamic with him and his supporters and media organizations such as CNN, MSNBC, WP, etc. Many ...
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Why do people think there is a “War on Christmas”? [on hold]

I don't believe that there is a "War on Christmas". However I always hear of this belief of a "War on Christmas" motivating people to vote against Democrats in the United States. What causes people to ...
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Laws concerning the appearance of US dollars

A recent question concerning the president putting himself on the dollar got me to thinking: The US dollar at one time was printed with an appearance to celebrate aspects of education. I'm wondering ...
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If the UK leaves the EU but joins the EEA, what happens to non-EU trade?

If the UK joins the EEA but leaves the EU, I understand it will have free trade with the EU via EFTA. What about trade with all the non-EU countries? I understand that the UK would not benefit from ...
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Can land on another planet be acquired by a person or country, and if so how?

When can a person or country stake claim to land on another planet? At what legal point can a country declare we own this land in the name of whom so ever?
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Credible evidence for Iran arming or funding the Houthi rebels in Yemen?

Iran is sending advanced weapons and military advisers to Yemen’s rebel Houthi movement, stepping up support for its Shi’ite ally in a civil war whose outcome could sway the balance of power in the ...
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Congressional closed meeting and transcript release

What is the rationale of having a "closed" congressional hearing (viz: Comey testifying Dec 7 2018) AND asserting that his testimony (via transcript) will be released 24 hours later?
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Can the president put his own likeness on money?

Preface, I am unsure of all the powers the Federal Reserve possess or who controls the Reserve outside of congress. However it is at the Federal level so I was wondering. What control over the ...
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Can parties usually withdraw unilaterally from treaties? What's unusual about the binding nature of the “Irish backstop” in the Brexit agreement?

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn writes in The Guardian about the proposed Brexit agreement, specifically about the Irish backstop: There is no precedent I am aware of for a British government signing ...
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Is food additive usage unified across the EU (except for traditional foods)?

Some time ago I saw on the news a person arguing about the differences between food additives (Es) within EU, focusing on the fact that some countries allow more additive than others. This EU ...
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Is the arrest of Huawei's CFO legal? [migrated]

Meng Wanzhou, the CFO of the Chinese company Huawei was recently arrested in Canada, and is facing extradition to the US, allegedly on charges of breaking violating U.S. sanctions on Iran. The thing ...
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Interested in democracy? [closed]

Where does one start in pursuing a career in politics? What would be a good entry level job in politics? Can one run for office with no money? I originally had this open to all countries but was ask ...
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When is voting bad for democracy? [duplicate]

Edit: The question here isn't attempting to determine when a democratic vote or process is necessary or correct. Here it is trying to point to indicators that a voter might notice that would cause ...
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Research on short election cycles influencing political choices?

Having been doing business (mostly in IT) for a while I have noticed some interesting trends. Particularly the fact that family companies or rather companies where the owners expect to pass the ...
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Are there historic examples of slave emancipation leading to mass starvation? [migrated]

I was reading this article about "1 Million New Afrikan / Blacks Died From Starvation & Disease When Slavery Ended & Reconstruction Period ( Largest Biological Crisis of 19th Century)" and I ...
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Are there any known triggers for Avenatti deciding not to run for presidency?

According to Michael Avenatti, After Flirting With Run, Says He Won’t Seek White House, Avenatti announced that he wasn't running for presidency on Tuesday 4 December. The NYT article mentions his ...
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can a teenage runaway if they have an emergency which caused them to do that? [closed]

hello so I have a question . can a teenage run away if they have an emergency, for example, their parents are threatening to kill them / or will kill them but if they ran to the us embassy in the UAE ...
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Are all recorded EP votes public? [duplicate]

I'm desparately trying to find who voted for the language equality in the digital age act, apart from the comittee.
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Cow related violence in India [closed]

Why has there been an increase in violence in Uttar Pradesh since 2016 with regards to cow protection? There have been media reports of Muslims and lower caste people being lynched. A policeman was ...
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What could an infrastructure bill look like?

With the incoming congress, a lot of talk has happened that infrastructure is something the republicans and democrats could come together on. What are some key aspects of infrastructure that they ...
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Why doesn't the Presidential Pardon power extend to State Crimes?

Paragraph One of Article 2, Section 2 of the United States constitution contains the following text: "The President … shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United ...
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What could political parties in America look like? [closed]

What would major political parties in America look like, if it came about, in both demographics and ideology? Right now, we seem to vote for who we tolerate. How many parties would it take to have ...
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Is the conspiracy theory of “Cultural Marxism” inherently tied to antisemitism?

According to Wikipedia, cultural marxism is a conspiracy theory that says that the Frankfurt School wants to destroy western culture by controlling the media, academia, etc., using as its method the ...
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How can the common citizen defend democracy principles? [on hold]

There is this question bugging me for a while now. I can't really state it other than the title of this question. What do I mean by that? It seems to me that, besides going to vote once every 4-5 ...
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Do EEA members benefit from EU free trade deals?

Consider a country that is a member of the EEA (but not the EU) and also the EFTA. If the EU negotiates a zero tariff free trade deal with Costa Rica, say, do EEA/EFTA counties also benefit from this ...

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