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Which European countries have laws that closely resemble the Russian law against discrediting the armed forces?

European countries have a more restrictive interpretation of free speech than the US in some regards, e.g. many criminalize Holocaust denial etc. Are there some European countries whose laws (in that ...
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How can the ECtHR judgement on encryption be reconciled with the UK's Online Safety act?

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) recently judged against allowing law enforcement to bypass end-to-end encryption: The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) (sic) has ruled that weakening ...
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How does the inclusion of Finland in NATO make it difficult for Russia to use Kaliningrad to dominate the Baltics?

The threat from Kaliningrad has receded with Russia mired in Ukraine and NATO welcoming Finland, and likely Sweden, into its ranks, experts say. Russia’s goal of turning Kaliningrad into a launching ...
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What are the factors that make the Belgian government the most supportive towards Palestine and South Africa's lawsuit against Israel?

EU voices endorsing South Africa's lawsuit are so far sparse and isolated. Belgium's Deputy Prime Minister Petra De Sutter, whose government is seen as the most supportive of Palestinians in Europe, ...
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What was the last time an EU member used its veto power to prevent a country from joining the EU?

“Hungary’s perspective is clear: Ukraine is not ready for us to begin negotiations on its EU membership. It’s a completely illogical, irrational, and improper decision,” Hungary’s prime minister said. ...
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Did a European country ever decide to not respect a ruling made by the ICJ?

Critics blasted these comments as hypocritical saying France’s recent recognition of an alleged genocide in Ukraine is politically motivated. Just last year, the French parliament voted with President ...
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Are economic fines often subject to trade disputes between the EU and the United States?

Last week the European Commission announced that it’s fining five big banks for rigging the international foreign exchange (forex) market. As many as 11 world currencies—including the euro, British ...
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Is there any European country considering banning or already banned research funding from China?

https://www.thestar.com/politics/federal/canada-to-ban-funding-for-research-linked-to-foreign-universities-labs-that-pose-risk-to/article_c1ba9382-b3f6-11ee-a836-5fdd9a639283.html Canada is banning ...
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Do Western governments or organizations control the media and newspapers to censor some news?

Many believe that mainstream Western newspapers such as WSJ, NYT, The Guardian, AP, etc. publish all the world's news without censorship (e.g. in the US perhaps due to freedom of the press). What made ...
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Rationale for illegal immigration to Europe?

I am trying to understand to what extent attempts to illegally migrate to Europe (EU,UK) are rational, or whether misinformation about the target countries is playing a crucial role. To clarify, ...
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Has the west debated the pros and cons of funding Ukraine war aid with the Russian funds they have confisticated?

With Ukrainian aid funds blocked in the U.S. Congress / Senate and other western countries struggling to financially pick up the U.S. share of this burden, talks are getting more serious in Europe and ...
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Is there a precedent for a Western European country expelling U.S. diplomats over spying?

Events in September this year led to the unfolding of a spy saga involving the US and Spanish intelligence agencies, with the focus centred on Madrid. The Spanish Government confirmed reports to El ...
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Why does the US still maintain so many military facilities in Western Europe?

The US maintains a lot of military facilities in countries like Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, etc. This doesn't make economic sense. The US military expenditure is on trajectory to reach a ...
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Are there other European parties that officially have only one member, but get a large number of parliament seats?

Wikipedia: After the creation of the association, Wilders disabled new member registration, resulting in his remaining the sole member of the party. The party is considered unique in Dutch politics ...
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Has support for providing more help to Ukraine (so they might win the war) tanked in Europe too, after the fizzled counter-offensive of this summer?

Time wrote on Nov 1 Public support for aid to Ukraine has been in decline for months in the U.S., and Zelensky’s visit did nothing to revive it. Some 41% of Americans want Congress to provide more ...
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Why are Eastern European countries more likely to recognize Palestine as a state than Western European countries?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_recognition_of_the_State_of_Palestine#/media/File:Palestine_recognition_only.svg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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Was an American spy ever punished for spying against an European country according to what's available in the public domain in modern time?

Was an American spy ever punished for spying against an European country according to what's available in the public domain? COPENHAGEN, May 30 (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) ...
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By which reasoning is Birmingham "the largest local authority in Europe"?

In recent reports, the BBC has used this superlative in relation to the City of Birmingham multiple times: The largest local authority in Europe is to halt all spending other than services it must ...
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How would a breaking point for cost of living crisis look like? [closed]

Most European countries currently are (apparently) going throgh a massive cost of living crisis, where rents and cost of homes are skyrocketing and people are forced to pay significantly larger ...
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Is it unusual for a host country to inform a foreign politician about sensitive topics to be avoid in their speech?

In a public speech held in Romania, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban mentioned that the Foreign Ministry in Bucharest had given him a list of sensitive topics he should avoid in his public ...
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Is there a recent precedent of a Western government classifying previously public information as a secret?

According to this Romania Insider article, the costs for the president's transportation represent classified information: The presidential administration stated in a response to Digi24 that securing ...
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What did Putin mean by "We have [...] withdrawn almost all large and heavy weapons from the European part of Russia" in a 2008 interview?

From a 2008 press conference: We have eliminated bases in Cam Ranh (Vietnam) and in Cuba. We have withdrawn our troops deployed in eastern Europe, and withdrawn almost all large and heavy weapons ...
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Pension reforms. Why is the debate constrained to raising the retirement age or not, with no intermediate solutions?

This question was inspired by the French pension reform, but also in other European countries the situation is not different. The debate seems framed between the two extremes. Increase or not the ...
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Why have European regions with strong desires for independence not been allowed to have either local parliaments or referendums? [closed]

Is it the fault of the government's progressiveness that regions with strong desires for independence and self-rule, such as Corsica, the Basque region, Catalonia, Bavaria, Moravia, and Sicily, have ...
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Why do some European governments still consider price capping despite the fact that price caps lead to shortages?

Context Due to multiple causes such as the Russian invasion of Ukraine, most European countries have faced soaring prices for essential products. In some cases, the governments decided to impose price ...
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What is the actual cost and human load (short and long term cost) of immigration across EU countries?

There is currently (November 2022) increased tension between France and Italy regarding the reception of migrants from Africa who were rescued by the humanitarian boat Ocean Viking. The boat has been ...
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Are there countries in Europe where there's a 10% (or similar, but low) numeric threshold for minority language rights?

The ill-fated 2012 languages law in Ukraine (proposed by the Party of Regions, but eventually found unconstitutional by Ukraine's supreme court) allowed the use of minority languages in courts, ...
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Why are European countries interested in the Indo-Pacific?

The Indo-Pacific has become a new conflict zone these days, with China on one side, and other countries like Japan, Australia, and India on the other side. Organizations like AUKUS and the Quad have ...
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Why don't we see much enthusiasm in the case of other royal families in Europe?

There are many constitutional monarchies in Europe. However, I never see the enthusiasm people show for them as they show for the British royal family and their affairs. Why is that?
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In Europe, what happens when an embassy is doing all they can to start a war with the host country? [closed]

If an embassy decides to be troublesome with the host country, causing social issues, blaming people (such as celebrities), looking to bring people to court, and eventually try to start a war, what ...
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Why did (most of) the European NATO members support Ukraine's aspirations to joining NATO?

This article argues an alternative (maybe even complementary) view regarding the cause of the Russian invasion of Ukraine: (..) Russia’s security concerns are in fact genuine, and NATO expansion ...
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Why is the left/right spectrum defined so ambiguously? (Europe)

I am currently in Germany so my views are from an European perspective. I never could quite comprehend how the definitions of "left" and "right" are used here. Right seems to be ...
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How Europeans identify Roma among the Ukrainian refugees [closed]

There have been several reports of discrimination in Poland, Czechia or Germany against refugees of the Ukrainian war who happened to also be ethnically Romani. I assume that there are no ID documents ...
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How can the EU leaders assure their commitment to the climate goals while they keep investing so much money on fossil fuels?

The REPowerEU plan was recently drafted by the EU authorities to address the energy crisis triggered by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Among the other things it plans to add 10 Billion Euro to what ...
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Are Estonia, Iceland, Hungary and Greece in a similar economical level? [closed]

I was wondering whether the Estonian or the Icelandic economies, despite being small, are relatively close to the Hungarian and the Greek economies, or whether they are much smaller Therefore, are ...
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Has any recent academic research been done on the comparative performance of FOIA response speeds by different European governments?

Recently, I took part in a large, international investigative journalistic project on dumps of oily waste water by ships. In that context, I did a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request to the ...
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Can taxes diminish Europe's dependency on Russian oil?

Can (higher) excise taxes, as well as taxes on cars with poor fuel economy, diminish the dependency of Russian oil? What are their advantages and disadvantages? PS: some believe that natural gas is ...
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What are the benefits for strong economies like Germany and France for being members of the European Union?

Recently I was reading things on the European debt crisis. It seems to me that when there is a financial crisis, strong economies in EU, like Germany and France, are supposed to help the countries in ...
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Can the current European sanctions against Russia have a significant effect?

Many European countries and the EU itself have imposed economic sanctions on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine. However, according to this Guardian article citing this study, European nations are ...
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What, if any, groups of pro-Russian separatists are in East-European countries?

Russian separatists in Ukraine have had an important role in "inviting" Russia to invade Ukraine. In order to predict future steps that may be taken by Russia, it may be useful to know: are ...
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Why is Russia not considered a European Country?

Russia looks very much like mainland Europe, it dresses like mainland Europe, but it is not considered part of Europe. This is not a recent phenomenon. Even since the time of the Tzar's, especially ...
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Would NATO intervene in case of an attack outside of Europe and North America?

Today during a special session in the Spanish parliament about the Ukraine war, Santiago Abascal (VOX) claimed that NATO wouldn't defend Ceuta or Melilla if they where attacked. Those two are ...
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Was anything comparable to the current ban on Russian civilian aircraft in various Western countries ever imposed during the Cold War?

I'm curious if there is some historical precedent for this or if this a rather new level of friction that didn't even exist during the Cold War: Estonia, Latvia, Slovenia and Romania said on Saturday ...
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What's the benefits of US strategic nuclear forces in Europe?

If I understand correctly, the US have long been capable of a retaliatory strike against the USSR / Russia that is powerful enough to nearly completely destroy the target state. (If I'm wrong on that, ...
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What are "original struggles" according to the Belgian Ecolo party?

The name of the Belgian green party "Ecolo" stands for "Confederate Ecologists for the Organisation of Original Struggles" (Écologistes Confédérés pour l'organisation de luttes ...
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What are some political subsets of the EU?

Somebody mentioned a Franco-Italian cooperation in the EU. I know that alliances like the Visegrád Group and the Three Seas Initiative are already around. Are there any other political cooperations ...
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Why does Germany's traffic light coalition seem more likely than ever before?

Even though the parties of the Germany's grand coalition - CDU/CSU and SPD regained majority support in this year's election, according to the commentators, the traffic light coalition has the ...
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Why would the U.S. exclude Europe from the new Indo-Pacific security alliance?

According to the South China Morning Post The new Aukus security alliance formed by the United States, Britain and Australia has left France frustrated at being left out, prompting concerns over the ...
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What are some of the biggest differences between Germany's SPD and The Greens?

At glance, the SPD and green party in Germany seem to pursue agendas too similar for me to see the difference. What are some of the most prominent ones?
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Which countries have the same international importance, influence and power as Sweden? [closed]

Sweden is not a superpower at all and it's not a country with a high level of influence (such as Russia or China). However, it has a relatively large GDP for its population and it's known that Sweden ...
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