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Questions related to the politics of countries within Europe (i.e. comparing aspects of policy regarding various European countries).

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Do European politicians typically put their pronouns on their social media pages?

Probably in an effort to embrace or promote transfeminism, some US politicians now list their pronouns on their twitter pages, e.g. Elizabeth Warren lists "she/her". (It's a big cultural trend to ask ...
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Why is the population of post-Soviet states declining?

After the fall of the Soviet Union, many modern European states gain independence: the Baltic republics, Ukraine, Belarus. But there is something common among nearly all of them: their populations ...
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Has the solidarity tax been successful in any country? [closed]

I have recently saw an older recording of an economist arguing that he does not know of any "successful implementation" of the solidarity tax. I have searched a little bit about this and found this ...
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How is the bill blocking the no-deal Brexit useful?

The referred bill is the one mentioned in this page. I ask this question because I don’t understand the following: if Boris Johnson is truly determined to leave the EU without a deal, why can’t he ...
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Poland 80th anniversary of WW2. How many international leaders rejected personal visit?

As known, Poland recently marks 80th anniversary of WW2 start: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ww2-anniversary-poland/poland-marks-80th-anniversary-of-start-of-world-war-two-idUSKCN1VL0TL Also, I'...
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What can France do to prevent West African countries from ditching the CFA Franc?

What can France do to prevent West African countries from ditching the CFA Franc? https://www.aljazeera.com/ajimpact/african-currency-eco-replace-cfa-franc-190711162229142.html Leaders from eight ...
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How is the policy of the European Central Bank determined if every country has a different economic situation?

How is the policy of the European Central Bank determined if every country has a different economic situation? Is there a sort of weighing system that makes the economic situation of certain European ...
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Could Europeans in Europe demand protection under UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples?

Link to declaration: https://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/documents/DRIPS_en.pdf Especially some points concerning protection of traditional indigenous culture, including its proper access to media ...
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Book recommendation for connection between immigration and crime [closed]

I'd like to know a little bit more about the reasons behind the migration flows to Europe, especially in recent years, and the (eventual) connections with (organized) crime, especially in Southern ...
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What would the EU do if an EU member declared war on another EU member?

What would the EU do if an EU member declared war on another EU member? I am wondering what would happen if a country like France attacked a country like Cyprus, what would the EU do in that situation?...
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What has caused the decline of parties in the center?

I've heard a lot about how centrist parties are losing ground in countries all across Europe. It also seems that in the United States, the two parties are becoming more and more polarized. I am ...
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What European countries have secret voting within the Legislature?

Most, if not all, democratic countries in Europe elect representatives to the national legislature by some form of secret ballot. For example the UK uses secret election on the first-past-the-post ...
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Is there any governmental organization/party in europe that has a main goal to untangle eu from US?

Well ever since the US decided to step out of the climate accord, I've been wondering whether some consider the US the biggest enemy of Europe. Considering climate change will hit Europe hard and ...
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Think tanks and newspapers that are associated with Macron's En Marche and pan-European Renaissance?

What think tanks are associated with Macron's En Marche and pan-European Renaissance? What newspapers (possibly French) are read by the voters/supporters of En Marche and Renaissance?
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What are the disadvantages for federalizing the European Union? [closed]

The European Union is already integrated in many ways. There is a democratic chosen parliament. There is free traffic of people and goods. But there's no central army; there's no EU embassies around ...
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Why did most European countries adopt the proportional voting system?

Is it because they are "young democracies/countries" (compared to the US and the UK) and at the time of their establishment there were more people with different political views and therefore the ...
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How nobility status affect modern Britain's social and power structures?

Unlike most other European countries, Britain had no noble-destroying revolutions in history, so its noble class appears to be present. But Is there some limits based on noble/not noble in modern ...
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Why was Switzerland one of the last countries to give women the vote?

Women in Switzerland were only given the right to vote on a federal level in 1971, a time when every single European country had given women the franchise decades prior, and a time when pretty much ...
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What is Pro-Europeanism?

I was reading a list of some political parties and one of them supports the idea of "Pro-Europeanism". What is that and is it supported by a lot of people?
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Why do European cities have so many homeless and beggars despite its high-tax welfare system?

Any European cities I have ever visited had homeless or beggars on the street. Or these people may not necessarily be homeless but it is clear enough that they are extremely poor and need help from ...
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Why would Putin or Russia benefit from a weak EU or weak EU countries?

Various (western) commentators and politicians state that "the only one happy with/benefiting from [insert bad scenario here] is Putin/Russia" (I'm not sure which one(s) of the two they mean). ...
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Is there any European that apologized to people in jail for a certain law?

According to this article an important Romanian politician has apologized to people in jail after being sentenced for office misconduct: The leader of Romania’s ruling Social Democratic Party vowed ...
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Is there a date (before 29 Mar 2019) when a hard Brexit is inevitable?

Obviously, if there is no agreement between the UK and the EU on 29 Mar 2019 then a no deal Brexit will occur. It is my understanding that any agreement (or article 50 withdrawal) that is negotiated ...
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Are European countries' politics less democratic than in the US? [closed]

Source: Richard A. Posner, How Judges Think (2008), p. 351 Bottom. Furthermore, foreign decisions emerge from a complex social, political, historical, and institutional background of which most of ...
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Are checks for heavy metals, asbestos and such mandatory when certifying for “EU Organic?”

I wonder what kind of checks they have to make when testing products for organic certification. Does it include testing for heavy metals, asbestos, arsenic, etc.? P.S. I apologize if this is the ...
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Has any Catholic been knighted in the UK in recent history? [closed]

In the past 50-100 years, has a British monarch knighted anyone of self-professed Catholic persuation? This question is about English Church influence on English establishment. Has anyone of the ...
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How binding is the two degree temperature limit agreement really?

The context for this question, is the recent court ruling about the nitrogen dioxide limits in German cities (An english article I found about it). Or this one written before the ruling, but arguably ...
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Why are there so many nations that have still not ratified the Istanbul Convention?

Context: In December 2008, the Council of Europe set up an expert committee, the Ad Hoc Committee for preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (CAHVIO). In December 2010, ...
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Is there any recent example (post 1990) of European high officials giving up special protection?

According to this article, virtually all Romanian cabinet members have given up the protection services offered by the Protection and Guard Service (SPP), which is designated for providing protection ...
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Are there examples of “guerrilla politics” being effective in an European country?

At the end of 2017, Romanian Parliament tried to make controversial changes to criminal laws and other laws that might severely influence justice independence, leading to protests and external ...
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Why are the EU and Media so against Poland's court reforms, when other countries have similar systems [duplicate]

Following on from this this question - There is a lot of resistance from the EU and the mainstream media to Poland's proposed changes to the way Judges are selected. As I understand it, the current ...
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What other European countries are experiencing independence movements?

UK, Spain, and now Italy have regions that have held referendums on independence or autonomy after the leaders of Italy's two wealthiest northern regions have claimed victory in a non-binding ...
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How often do voters actually change the ranking of candidates in European countries with open-list proportional representation?

From Wikipedia: Open list describes any variant of party-list proportional representation where voters have at least some influence on the order in which a party's candidates are elected. This as ...
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What is the significance of Macron's proposed status change to the European Flag, and what steps would be needed to make this a reality?

President Macron said he wants to officially recognize the status of flag of Europe (my translation). Does this mean that the flag has been decorative only up until now? What would officially ...
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What could Spain do legally if Cataluña proclaims independence?

It seems there will be a unilateral proclamation. I don’t think Spain will accept this. Can Spain avoid this politically? Stating the referendum was illegal seems to have been ineffective. Is it ...
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To what degree do Americans think of Europe as a singular political and cultural entity?

Often when I read questions here, people often used the word "Europe", and ask what politics are like "in Europe", and how voters are like "in Europe", and how cultural differences influence politics "...
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What were the effects of the UK entering the EEC (“Brenter”)?

So, Britain is in a process of negotiating its exit from the EU. I'm trying to understand what the effect of leaving the EU is likely to be, irrespective of the negotiations process, but supposing it ...
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What are the Realpolitik benefits in taking in refugees from the perspective of Europe?

The principal argument, to my knowledge, that Europe ought to take in refugees from Syria (and other war torn countries) is a moral one. The refugees are innocent victims of brutal wars, the ...
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Is Austria breaking State Treaty?

Austrian State Treaty from 1955: Article 4 PROHIBITION OF ANSCHLUSS The Allied and Associated Powers declare that political or economic union between Austria and Germany is prohibited. Austria ...
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Why is Greece's debt considered a problem but not US debt, which is much larger?

Greece's and other southern European countries' debt has been considered a problem since the 2008 crash, and austerity measures have been forced to the people. However the United States also have a ...
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Why are face covering ban policies being proposed?

There have been plenty of instances in recent history across Europe where parties want to ban covering of the face: Norway Proposes Ban on Face Covering in Schools, Kindergartens Ukip pledge to ban ...
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French election - what does this opinion say? [closed]

In this opinion, I am really confused. Is the author trying to say: (i) The eurocrats are ignorant, as they believe all their actions are correct? (ii) If Macron wins, it makes the eurocrats even ...
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Is UK's incomes test on non european spouses discriminatory?

The UK government instituted a rule that prohibited immigrants who don't earn more than a certain amount to bring their non european spouses over Q1. Is the income test a form of discrimination ...
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What are the international and country-based court decisions that make Northern Cyprus legal, and what is the reasoning behind them?

European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) made various decisions on Northern Cyprus. These decisions included "validity of laws of Northern Cyprus in the north of Cyprus island" and "the independence/...
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Are there artists in Canada, USA or Europe who also claim to have been punished for going against government, corporate, media or military objectives?

South Korean artists file a class-action lawsuit against their government over blacklisting, as stated by CNN here: (http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/08/asia/south-korea-ex-culture-minister-indicted/) ...
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Why don't the other countries of Europe maintain as massive a military as Russia does?

The countries that are in my inquiry list are: --------+----------+-------------+-----------+--------- SN | Country | Population | GDP | DefExp --------+----------+-------------+---------...
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Why is recent international (Europe, N-America, …) Islamist terrorism exclusively perpetrated by Sunnis?

According to the Global Terrorism Database, the number of terrorist attacks with fatalities in Western Europe has recently started to rise for the first time since the 1970s: Source: Global Terrorism ...
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Was Turkey’s intervention on Cyprus in 1974 legal based on the general principles?

From 1571 until its renting to UK in 1878, Turks owned and governed the Cyprus island. In 1955, EOKA (the National Union of Cypriot Fighters; a terrorist Greek Cypriot guerrilla organisation) ...
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How would the PVV choose the people to sit in the seats they win?

I was reading this article (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38253122), and the following points don't seem to fit together. Dutch voters choose a new government in March 2017 and if the polls ...
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What authority does the Benelux parliament have?

Today I discovered there is such a thing as a Benelux Parliament. However, neither the Wikipedia page nor the official website (Dutch and French only) give a whole lot of information on what it ...