Questions tagged [europe]

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

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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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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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Why are some wage taxes officially paid by the employer, even though they're really paid by the employee?

My current salary is taxed at two levels: first, the employer has to pay a certain number of taxes on my wages. The rest of the money is then considered to be my salary and I pay other taxes (social ...
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UKIP: is it real major third party in UK?

Can anyone suggest some reading on what is UKIP? Questions I am looking for to answer: is It real major third party for UK? Is it projected to raise further after last weekend elections? any ...
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How can countries close their borders to refugees when they have a legal obligation of non-refoulement?

Many countries in Europe are closing their borders to refugees after a spur of right-winged political movements. However, the principle of non-refoulement states that a state must accept someone who ...
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Are all EP plenary vote results publically accessible? Where?

Recently I struggled to find the EP vote results in case of this regulation. Although it's marked as adopted on the EUR-LEX website, none of the related votes I could find on VoteWatch ended up ...
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Is there a sustained difference in public views on the Israel-Palestine issue between Europe and the US, and if so why?

I found an interesting YouGov poll from 2014: Is this a sustained trend over a longer period of time, echoed in other polls? If, so what explains the difference? (I would prefer if the latter issue ...
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Why did the Islamic State target Brussels when Belgium isn't bombing them?

This Freakonomics podcast says the number one reason for terrorism is military occupation. Robert Pape says that the overwhelming reason for 'suicide' (homicide) bombers is occupation by a foreign ...
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Why did Arab spring and Iranian green revolution fail, but the European revolutions didn't?

Why did the Arab spring back a few years ago fail for the most part, the Iranian green movement didn't get the result it wanted, but the European revolutions (such as French revolution in part or ...
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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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What are the key factors for the rise of nationalism in Europe?

In the past decade there has been a constant rise of nationalism in European politics, with nationalist parties gaining popularity in almost every member of the European Union. The canonical example ...
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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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How to distribute asylum applicants more evenly in Europe?

Sweden has 8.4 asylum applicants per 1000 residents whereas Hungary, the second ranking European country, has only ~4. Most other European countries have 0-2 asylum applicants per 1000 residents (...
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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 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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On what dimensions does the current Republican party differ substantially from the right-wing parties in Europe?

According to a NYT opinion piece the Republican Party is far to the right of mainstream conservative parties in Britain, Canada and Germany, and to the right even of groups like the National Rally (...
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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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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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Is there any European country that managed to construct a coalition made out of more than five parties?

According to Wikipedia, Finland manages to systematically construct a large coalition government (five parties and even six). I am wondering if this is an isolated case in Europe or not. Question: Is ...
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Can Australia join the Council of Europe?

In order to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest, a country has to be a member of the European Broadcasting Union, which requires being within the European Broadcasting Area, or being a member of ...
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Is there a party in Europe whose supporters show a high degree of sympathy towards Israel?

I find this plot over time of US sympathy for Israel rather fascinating, especially when broken down by US party. One has to wonder how much of that is explained by "conflict extension" in recent ...
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Would Russia actually retaliate against a US led intervention in Ukraine [closed]

A more specific question is: If any western nation put boots on the ground in the Ukraine; would Russia continue to arm rebels knowing they would likely conflict with non-Ukraine forces? The Ukraine ...
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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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Are there any EU/NATO/Atlantic help programs for Italy?

Italy now has the most deaths from COVID. It's even above China in that list. Italian government asked for international help, some countries responded: At first, China provided huge help then, ...