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Examples of European political parties/movements that put emphasis on science and technology and why so few? [closed]

The US Transhumanist party is small party that put emphasis on science and technology for fulfilling the aspirations of humanity. Indeed - there are very, very few limits in science. E.g. inertial ...
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Is Belt and Road Initiative cost-effective?

Does the geopolitical advantage of China's Belt and Road Initiative outweigh the financial costs of the loans? Would the loan be better spent internally or kept unused?
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How is innovation measured in private-public partnerships?

It is great that governments invest in innovation and research. Specifically in research done by private public partnerships, they do a lot of controlling to track budget, but how do they measure the ...
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For a provincial election, how long after the voting are the results given out in Canada?

What are the timings for provincial elections in Canada. If the elections conclude at say, 7pm today, when will the results be declared? And how long after the results do the winning candidates ...
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Is Venezuela an example of socialism?

I've been hearing a lot about Venezuela in the news lately. And it seems there is a big debate over whether it was socialism or not, or whether it was implemented properly. Is it safe to assume that ...
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How long would it take to pay off the U.S. national debt if new deficits were eliminated?

If Congress stopped borrowing money, how long would it take to pay off the national debt? My question assumes—perhaps incorrectly?—that every dollar the Federal government owes must be paid back on ...
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Why has Venezuela's economy collapsed when Cuba's has not?

Cuba and Venezuela seem to share a lot in common. Both are effectively Socialist dictatorships. Cuba's government has been Communist for many years, while Venezuela has been socialist for much less. ...
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Land reform in Guatemala

Recently, after attending to a conference with some Guatemalan politicians, I began to take interest in this country's socio-economical issues, in particular with regard to land. I that in the 1950s ...
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Is anti-corruption initiative 'sometimes' detrimental to the economy? [closed]

Can it ever happen that an anti-corruption drive which leads to government action becomes detrimental to the economy? Is there any example?
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Does tax amnesty have any benefit except for potentially uncovering undeclared wealth?

Reading the Wikipedia article about the tax amnesty, my understanding is that the main benefit of a tax amnesty is to encourage individuals to declare their wealth: Introduction of Amnesty scheme ...
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Is the public generally aware of lagged effects of economic policies?

New governments attributing to themselves economic success without paying any respect to lagged effects of economic policies of previous governments are probably as old as politics. (Exactly the same ...
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Did Germany profit from the (third) Greek bailout?

From an article published in June 2018 on thelocal.de: Berlin has been one of the main lenders to Greece during its debt crisis. While conservative parties warned that supporting Greece would come ...
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What's the EU (or at least German) view on the definition of currency manipulation?

The US has a statutory definition of currency manipulation; while some US economists don't quite agree with the legal definition, nevertheless the topic is fairly widely discussed in the US in ...
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Did the Greek economy contract more than Syria's in the past decade?

From a BBC article: According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), only four countries have shrunk economically more than Greece in the past decade: Yemen, Libya, Venezuela and Equatorial ...
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How come no bank chiefs in the US & UK went to prison for the financial crash of 2008?

This story by Forbes points that the only bank chiefs in the financial crisis that engulfed the Western world in 2007/8 were from Iceland: This is where the worlds only bank chiefs imprisoned in ...
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Why is the Turkish Lira sliding?

What is the fundamental reason that the Turkish Lira is tumbling down during the last few months? Kindly, explain in layman's terms and in short.
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“Everything But Arms” and migrants

A common trope in Europe is that the European Union, by means of exploitation and stiff tariffs, keeps the African economy down, thereby forcing economic migrants to leave home for Europe. However, ...
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Why couldn't Russia grow its economy as fast as China did?

Russia has a population comparable to Japan. But, the size of its GDP is below South Korea. Why couldn't Russia grow its economy as fast as China did? What factors prevented Russia from becoming an ...
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Did IMF grant a loan with no (reform) conditions to Romania in 2009?

I've been looking at some of the more recent IMF loans and the Wikipedia description of the one given to Romania appears to imply no reform conditions were attached to the loan: While in January 2009,...
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Why do countries almost always oppose IMF's proposed reforms?

Dhaka to oppose reforms to IMF debt limits policy Mugabe dumps IMF reforms, vows to keep price control Greece opposed to IMF demands on labor reforms Between a rock and a hard place: Tunisia and the ...
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Do any states within the U.S. plan to introduce legislation which would enable a deduction similar to the Qualified Business Income (QBI) deduction?

I understand that the Qualified Business Income deduction, introduced into law by the Tax Cuts and Job Act of 2017, is applicable at the federal level as a 20% deduction of qualified business income ...
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Is there a stated goal in the US “Trade War”?

I'll call it a Trade War, because I don't know that there is a more appropriate phrase. Initially I understood the administration's goal was to stimulate US producers to be more productive, so as to ...
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Where can I find a scatter plot of welfare spending vs. immigrant rate?

Where can I find a scatter plot of welfare spending (per capita, % of spending, or % of GDP) vs. immigrant rate (per capita, or % of population)? By state or by country would be fine. I tried to ...
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Any problems with zero corporate income tax?

Larry Kudlow (who is currently Trump's National Economic Council director) had proposed in 2014 zero corporate income tax, arguing that Readers know that corporate tax reform is my single-favorite ...
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Why don't people who are upset about economic inequality donate to the poor?

The middle-class American often moans about economic inequality, but there's another aspect to the same issue as well: yes, the middle-class American makes far less than Donald Trump or Bill Gates, ...
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How to avoid the “race to the bottom”?

When talking about "trickle-down economics" (or supply-side economics, to use the correct, but lesser known term), one of the main criticism points is that it may work when only a few countries ...
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Macron's “lead climbers” (vs. trickle down)

Are there more details on Macron's vision of how tax cuts will positively affect (French) society? I found a story from last year his rejection of the well-known “trickle-down” economics narrative, ...
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Which position in Russia is more powerful in the field of economy?

Which position in Russia is more powerful in the field of the economy: Chairman of the Accounts Chamber Minister of Finance and why?
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Are counter-tariffs to the Trump tariffs going through the WTO?

Under WTO rules there is a dispute settlement process which WTO member states are expected to go through to settle trade disputes. Trump has sidestepped this process by declaring the steel and ...
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How do you explain the change in population ratio of Germany vs. Switzerland since 1945?

When you read newspapers nowadays, you'd get the opinion that the economy in Germany is doing "great". However, when I plot the population development in Germany vs. Switzerland, I get a very ...
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Can IMF encourage countries to Democracy in exchange of loans?

In conclusion of this paper it is mentioned that: There is a robust and positive relationship between democracy and economic growth We know that, the final goal of IMF is to establishing peace, ...
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What are the potential negative outcomes of US strategy against Iran? [closed]

The current US administration has a clear strategy with respect to Iran: maximum economic sanctions in lieu of the previous nuclear deal. But, what are the potential negative outcomes of this policy ...
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Trump's pre-election claims. How many are in progress? [closed]

Trump's pre-election company was bright. There were big pre-election claims: breaking disadvantageous deals wall on Mexican border removing 'Obamacare' moving embassy to Jerusalem new workplaces for ...
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Why did the UK have lax checks on the source of the money coming into the country?

According to this article checks on the source of the money coming into Britain were very lax, thus (at least theoretically) allowing for money laundering: For seven years from 2008, checks on the ...
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What's fundamentally considered “fair” or “healthy” when it comes to a trading relationship between two countries?

Looking for a simplified fundamental answer to educate myself, obviously this topic could be the subject of years of study but I'm hoping there's a simple explanation so I can understand the basics as ...
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Were there any impact estimations performed before making tariffs changes?

Where I live I often hear local media arguing that some legislative changes are performed without impact assessment (this includes both political and economical actors). From a layman's perspective, ...
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What reasons do pro-trade politicians use to justify retaliatory tariffs?

The general "neoliberal" position towards trade is that it benefits both sides and low tariffs/subsidies are beneficial. This has been the dominant trend in wealthy nations for the last thirty plus ...
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What is Canada's case for applying tariffs on US dairy?

Donald Trump has been making a lot of noise the past few days about Canada's protection of its dairy industry, and cites that practice as the justification for the steel and aluminum tariffs he has ...
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Why are sugar subsidies so prevalent in spite of their apparent issues?

According to this article there seem to be lots of countries that subsidy sugar production: Pakistan struggles to export sugar surplus as global prices plunge Morocco sees sharp rise in ...
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What political actions (if any) in the US caused this stock market stagnation? [closed]

I am looking at the stock market, and there's a clear point where things started declining and then stagnating. What was the cause for this point? Was it political? I don't remember hearing about any ...
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Why is Stability and Growth Pact still maintained?

According to Wikipedia article about Stability and Growth Pact there are many issues related to its implementation: unenforceable against big countries weakened in 2005 to waive France's and Germany'...
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USA Politicians to shut down the Federal Reserve

The American Federal Reserve has some criticism According to Wikipedia: Critique of the organization and system has come from sources such as writers, journalists, economists, and financial ...
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What is the justification of imposing higher minimum salary for foreign workers than for the local ones?

According to this article and this one, the minimum monthly salary for foreign workers in Romania is significantly larger than the minimum one for local workers: Effective January 6, 2018, the ...
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If Jim, a random citizen, owes TD Bank $300,000 for his house mortgage, is this added to the U.S. national debt?

According to Wikipedia: National debt consists of two components. The first is Debt held by the public, such as Treasury securities held by investors outside the federal government, including ...
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What was Eisenhower's warning about?

Eisenhower in his farewell address warned the American people about the United States Military Industrial Complex and its emerging power. According to Wikipedia The US spends more on the military ...
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Why is globalisation so disdained?

From what I can tell via the definition of the word on Google, globalisation seems like a fairly reasonable course of action. Trade makes everyone better off in the long run, and it isn't as if we ...
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Can tiny territories expect to survive upon independence?

There are several French territories which request1 independence: Corsica, New Caledonia, Guiana (among others). Putting aside the actual backing of the majority of local population (which these ...
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Why is donation related taxation significantly smaller than inheritance taxation?

Note: this is related to this question Inheritance tax seems to vary very much from one state/country to another and where I live is virtually nonexistent (you pay 1% only if inheritance is disputed ...
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What would be the social and political consequences if a major country decided to prohibit driverless cars? [closed]

In the news, there's been talk of countries banning petrol and diesel cars by 2030-2040, but what if a major country - say for example; Canada, United Kingdom, Spain, Italy and South Africa; decided ...
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Why does EU seem to disfavor e-books when compared to physical books?

According to this article EU court decided that e-books should not benefit from tax reductions that are applied to physical books: E-books must be subject to the full rate of value-added tax (VAT), ...

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