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Why is participating in the European Parliamentary elections used as a threat?

As the Brexit deadline approaches, I've seen reporting recently over the British government using participation in the European Parliament elections as a threat to convince MPs to not force the ...
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Would European Parliament members from the UK get to vote on the final Brexit deal?

Presuming that a deal is negotiated between the UK and the EU, there would most likely have to be a vote in the European Parliament to confirm it. Given that UK MPs would continue to serve in their ...
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Have there been any elections which were rendered completely irrelevant by later events?

Due to not reaching an agreement about Brexit, the United Kingdom is forced to hold European elections a few weeks from now, on May 23rd. The elected members (across the European Union) will be ...
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How will the European Parliament look after brexit?

So 751 different members of the European Parliament was elected. However, some extra members were also elected for some countries for which the extra members first join the parliament the day (when/if)...
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How often did the European Parliament use its optional secret ballot rule?

According to Wikipedia: If at least 20% of the Parliament requests it before voting begins, the vote will be taken by secret ballot. Citing (the 2nd para of) EP Rule 169, which is actually a bit ...
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Running a General Election and the European Elections together

There's talk in the news about the possibility of a General Election being called. If one is called, could the General Election and European Election be run together with a single ballot paper divided ...
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Why did a party with more votes get fewer seats in the 2019 European Parliament election in Denmark?

The official result of the 2019 European Parliament election in Denmark is: Parti Antal Pct. Mandater A. Socialdemokratiet 592.645 21,5% 3 B. ...
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How was EU wide minimum wage computed?

The EU is preparing for rules for fair minimum wages in the EU: A new draft EU law will ensure a minimum level of wage protection in all member states, in order to guarantee decent living standards ...
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Did the Brexit Party "dominate" EU elections in the UK?

According to the BBC headline the Brexit Part "dominated" the EU election results: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-48417228 Yet if you look at the actual numbers it seems that they polled ...
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Why are British voters more likely to back the main parties in general elections than in European Parliament elections?

Recently, in the United Kingdom European Union Parliamentary elections, the Brexit Party won the most seats, with 30.5% of the vote. There are claims from Nigel Farage and others that the Brexit Party ...
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How to explain the importance of European Parliament elections to a regular folk living in Eastern Europe?

European Parliament elections are coming in 2019 and on several occasions I have heard various public figures arguing about their importance and that it is very important to show up and vote. However, ...
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What is the difference between The Council of Europe and the European Union?

There seem to be two separate bodies which are trying to foment more collaboration and cooperation between Europe The Council of Europe European Union There are a couple of links which try to ...
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Who voted for anonymity in the vote on transparency in the European Parliament?

Today the 31st of January 2019 there was a vote in the European Parliament on the topic of transparency with regards to contacts with lobbyists (link in swedish). This vote was decided to be cast ...
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Can a no-deal Brexit happen before the new extension end date of 31 October 2019?

Under what circumstances can the new Brexit extension (31 Oct) be ended short of that date? The EU has said that: If the withdrawal agreement is ratified by both parties before this date, the ...
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What would a delayed Brexit mean for the 2019 European Parliament election?

One proposal for the current political situation in the UK regards Brexit is a delay of the Brexit for further discussions/votes/elections/referenda/... But we have the 2019 European Parliament ...
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In the event of Brexit being postponed beyond the EU elections, will UK voters in EU countries be eligible to participate?

Currently it is speculated that Theresa May will ask for an extension of Article 50 to the end of June/early July of 2019. It is probably that any delay will continue beyond the next EU parliamentary ...
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Why is Manfred Weber being opposed to as the next head of the European Commission?

Per this article: Frans Timmermans, a self-confessed anglophile who is fluent in seven languages, appears to be in pole position to head the commission from 1 November as leaders meet on Sunday ...
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Why is the voter turnout at EU level so low compared to national elections?

The voter turnout in the European elections in Germany in 2019 for instance was only around 62%. Notable this is still much higher than it was in previous EU elections there… Additionally the voter ...
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Is there a way for EU to exclude a member country from assuming presidency?

Recently the EU Parliament voted (also with help from several Romanian members) a resolution concerning the rule of law in Romania: The EP is calling on the Romanian authorities “to put in place ...
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Where can I find the vote distribution of an EU directive?

Recently the EU Parliament voted on the “Copyright Directive”. I would like to know exactly which parties/individuals voted for and against this directive. I have been looking for this information ...
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Can exit-polls for European Elections be published?

European elections are run over multiple days - the earliest voting countries in the EU are voting today, and the final votes will be on Sunday. Is it permissible for an exit-poll for a single ...
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Is membership in the European Parliament incompatible with membership in German district councils?

Inspired by another question: According to European Parliament legislative resolution of 3 May 2022, Article 24.1: The office of Member of the European Parliament shall be incompatible with the ...
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Is membership in the European Parliament compatible with membership in the Electoral College for Non-Residents?

When browsing through the lists of candidates for the elections for the Electoral College Non-Residents in The Netherlands on 15 March 2023, I recognised some names of candidates who are currently ...
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Which UK polls//surveys provide information at a constituency-by-constituency level, for the upcoming EU elections in May 2019?

Coming as no surprise whatsoever, the 2019 EU elections will be an interesting event in the UK. Notable features seem to be: The election may act as a proxy vote on brexit, and on various parties' ...
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How much of votes in the European Parliament fall on party (group) lines as opposed to country (groups) lines?

Some votes in the European Parliament fall on geographical/country lines. I'm pretty sure (many) others probably fall on a more traditional ideological (e.g. left-right) divide between EP party groups ...
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Is the GUE-NGL unwilling to advise against Brexit? If so, why?

130 of the eighth and current European Parliament's 751 members have signed a letter urging the UK to reconsider its decision to withdraw from the EU. All are members of EPP, S&D, ALDE or Greens-...
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Why do EU members have single or multiple parliamentary constituencies?

EU Member states can choose whether they want to have multiple constituencies for elections to the European Parliament, or not. Many EU member states have a single national constituency (like Germany)...
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What happens if an independent candidate in the UK gets two seats worth of votes in EU elections?

During the UK election for the European parliament, what happens if an independent candidate gets enough votes for two seats? Do they nominate someone to get the seat? Do the votes get shared out ...
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How can Brexit with a deal be done by Oct 31 if the EU Parliament doesn't meet until November 14?

According to the Guardian The European parliament will only ratify after the Commons has approved the deal. MEPs next sit on the 14 November, making 30 November a potential new Brexit day if the ...
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Are EU Parliament speeches re-translated to minimize "lost in translation"?

According to this article a Romanian minister speech was particularly hard to translate, so the various (real-time?) translations were quite different: English Let me tell you that the fact that I ...
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What happens to a MEP who is suspended (or even expelled) from his own party in his home country?

There have been some recent cases of British MEPs being suspended from their party "at home". What are the implications of such moves for their activities (and EU-level groups) as a MEP? Do they lose ...
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What was the practical effect of voter suppression in the UK's 2019 EU parliament elections?

There are reports of widespread voter suppression of both non-UK EU-citizens and UK citizens living outside the UK in the 2019 EU Parliament elections, which they are entitled to participate in. ...
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What is the typical timeframe it takes the European Parliament to regulate important software usage aspects?

Context According to Euronews, at least one EU parliamentary is arguing for better regulation surrounding AI products: An EU official has said proposed rules regulating artificial intelligence (AI) ...
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Is there any impact of voting for a list that will not get any representation?

Members of the European Parliament for France are chosen proportionally, according to the votes received by each list of candidates, provided that the list receives more than 5% of the votes. The ...
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How to find about individual votes of Members of European Parliament?

I want to find individual votes record who was for/against on this resolution, how to do it? http://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/TA-9-2019-0101_EN.html
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Do legislators hold the right of legislative initiative?

The OED definition of legislator is: A person who makes laws; a member of a legislative body. A semi-colon is not read as an “or” but as an “and.” Does this mean a legislator must have the right ...
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Is there data on how England's European Parliament constituencies voted in the 2017 UK General Election?

For some research/data analysis I would like to find electoral data from the 2017 UK general election aggregated by European Parliament constituency. For Scotland, Wales, and NI, these data are ...
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Can a piece of EU legislation have (unrelated) "riders"?

In relation to this popular q, I don't recall seeing riders in EU legislation or the matter even being discussed in relation to it, so I'm guessing some form of single-subject rule is enforced even if ...
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What would a revoked Brexit after the 2019 EU parliament elections mean for the European Parliament?

This is a follow-up of this question: Suppose EU27 grants the UK the extension May has asked for till 2019-06-30. That would mean that the UK would not take part in the 2019 EU parliament elections. ...
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What's Hans-Olaf Henkel's position on the EU?

In a speech that was vociferously interrupted, MEP Hans-Olaf Henkel accused Juncker of being the "[Commission] president who lost Britain" and said that Junker's pinning of the blame on Cameron was "...
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Reports in the European Parliament

What are so-called "reports" in the European Parliament? If reports have no legislative effect, are they just mere declaration of intention of the parliament? What kind of majority is needed ...
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How does the European Parliament assess if a person represents a security risk or not?

EU Observer tells us about a person who is both working for European Parliament and quite close to Putin: Elizaveta Peskova, the daughter of Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, is working ...
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How can we apply the Bundestag election model to European elections? (model building)

I have looked into electoral systems and am trying to build a model of what the 2019 EU election would have looked like if it had used the Bundestag election system. Disclaimer: I am fully aware ...
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Can the EU Parliament's vote on terminology for plant-based meat and dairy substitutes lead to enforcing the new terminology upon the member states?

The EU Parliament should decide whether to ban the usage of ‘meatish’ and ‘dairyish’ names for plant-based products. This sounds rather strange since this seems to go against the EU environmental ...
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What is the purpose of electing European Parliament since the institution which propose new laws is European Commission?

According to EU organisation: The Commission proposes and implements laws which are in keeping with the objectives of the EU treaties. The members of European Commission are proposed by the ...
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European elections and the UK

As far as I know, the UK legislation required in the UK to hold European elections has been revoked. If Brexit gets delayed and the UK is forced to hold European elections, could the elections be held ...
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Can a minister be removed from the Council of the EU?

In law, is there any provision that enables a minister to be removed from their position in the Council of the EU? Is there a removal process? What about the European Council? Is there any way to ...
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How long does it take, before the details of an EU parliament decision get published? [closed]

I wanted to check the voting outcomes and how individually was being voted for the regulation that passed yesterday by the EU. So I checked the sources given by Where can I find which MEP voted for ...
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FactCheck: Has European Parliament recently condemned UNRWA, PA for antisemitism and Incitement in school textbooks?

Ynetnews piece European Parliament condemns UNRWA, PA for antisemitism, Incitement describes rather scathing condemnation by the European Parliament of UNRWA and Palestinian Authority school materials:...
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What exactly did the Brexit Party gain in the 2019 EU parliament election?

The UK is leaving the European Union soon and Theresa May failed to deliver the Brexit as promised, mainly because she could not get her deal approved by the UK parliament. Under these circumstances, ...
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