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Questions tagged [european-union]

For questions on the European Union, a union of currently twenty-eight European countries, and how it relates to national governments and other international organs.

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Who can remove European Commissioners?

Who, within the governance structures of the European Union, has the power to remove a European Commissioner? I think the European Parliament can remove the entire Commission via vote of no ...
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Why was the Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers likened to “a bus trip with the Marx brothers in the driver's seat”?

The European Union: Politics and Policies (2017 6 edn). p. 126 Middle. What does "a bus trip with the Marx brothers in the driver's seat" mean? Why was the Italian Presidency of the Council of ...
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Is there a correlation between size of member state and support for EU membership?

I have heard from small country citizens critical of EU membership, the argument that in the EU, the important issues are all decided by the big countries, essentially arguing that the EU is just an ...
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How is the number of representatives within EU structures computed?

This rather old article argues about EU countries actual influence within the EU: Germany is over-represented in the European Parliament, giving it a correspondingly high potential to influence ...
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What percentage of asylum seekers who entered the EU during the 2015 refugee crisis are no longer receiving welfare?

At the height of the 2015 refugee crisis in Europe there have been numerous arguments over the economic utility of arriving asylum seekers. On one hand of the spectrum, representatives of the left ...
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How is the budget planned for agencies of the European Union?

From the European Commission - Fact Sheet titled European Agenda on Migration: Securing Europe's External Borders and dated 15 December 2015, we see the sentence Today's proposals will entail a ...
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Has there been any research into whether euroscepticism is a function of age or of values?

Has there been any research into whether euroscepticism is a function of age or of values. If it is a function of age then euroscepticism should (assuming constant birth/death rates) remain constant ...
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What percentage of rejected asylum seekers are successfully returned back to their home countries?

According to the most recent report on asylum claims in the EU (emphasis added, typo fixed): During the third quarter of 2018, 133,200 first instance decisions were made by the national authorities ...
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What percentage of asylum seekers who entered the EU during the 2015 refugee crisis were eventually granted full asylum?

Approximately one million asylum seekers arrived to the EU at the peak of the refugee crisis back in 2015. At that time, there were numerous debates in the public as to whether or not these were "true"...
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What are the disadvantages of a WTO Brexit(Clean Break)? [closed]

So I just listened to Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, say now in Dublin that "if the UK were to leave the EU without a deal, let me be very, very clear. We would not discuss anything ...
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Is EU Single Market membership part of the backstop?

Is EU Single Market membership part of the backstop in the Withdrawal Agreement?
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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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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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What happens if EU chooses a prosecutor that is not allowed to leave her country?

The main favorite in getting the EU prosecutor job (Kovesi) has been accused of corruption in Romania: Romanian magistrate Laura Codruta Kovesi, a hot favourite to become the EU’s first-ever top ...
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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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Advantages of Norway plus Brexit deal (aka Common Market 2.0)?

In seems that the Norway plus proposal for Brexit is back, now called Common Market 2.0. To me, this appears to be a typical example of a bad compromise: Compared to remain, the main difference seems ...
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What's Common Market 2.0 / Norway Plus?

The UK's Labor Party announced about an hour ago that it would get behind the Common Market 2.0 / Norway Plus option that should (will?) get voted on later this evening as part of the Commons' ...
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How could May pull off a 4th vote on her Brexit deal?

News outfits would have it that Theresa May still wants to hold on to her Brexit proposal. See for instance this Guardian article from today: Theresa May hopes to bring her Brexit deal back to ...
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Is French Guiana a (hard) EU border?

In the context of Brexit, there has been much discussion that the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland would mark the boundary of the EU. This has had large ramifications due to the length and ...
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Explanations for the large rebound in EU-Russia trade in 2017?

The European Commission estimated the cost of sanctions [imposed on Russia] for the EU to €40bn (0.3 per cent of the EU GDP) in 2014 and €50bn (0.4 per cent of EU GDP) in 2015. In addition, it was ...
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Why doesn't UK go for the same deal Japan has with EU to resolve Brexit?

Is seems that one of the problems of finding a solution acceptable for both UK and EU was that no other non-EU country has the kind of relation with EU that UK seeks. But Japan has a reasonably ...
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Can a Brexit deal be accepted after Brexit?

There is the possibility that the UK leaves the EU without any deal in place, not because anybody wants it, but because of just running out of time. In that case, if the UK government eventually ...
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Did all 27 other EU member states need to approve the extension of A50?

Did all 27 other EU member states need to approve the extension of A50? A few weeks ago there seemed to be a question mark over whether they would approve it, but this was quickly removed. ...
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What is the difference between Theresa May's Withdrawal Agreement and its associated Political Declaration?

In this Guardian article, it discusses that Theresa May has considered severing the Brexit withdrawal agreement from the forward-looking political declaration What is the "forward-looking ...
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If an EU member state expands, is EU recognition over the new territory automatic?

For a country to join the European Union is a long and difficult process. The new member state must meet requirements and be approved by existing member states. What process applies if an existing ...
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Is art.13 and art.11 of the newly voted internet legislation binding for member states? [duplicate]

Because of a rather large pushback from multiple sources I was wondering about how binding this legislation is on the member states, namely: Does the vote mean it is in effect in all member states or ...
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EU directives during the transition period in May's Brexit deal

May's Brexit deal includes a transition period which may last for years. The Irish Times wrote the following on that: During the transition period a kind of standstill would be in place where ...
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Will Britain be exempt from Article 13 if Brexit passes?

As stated in the title, will Brexit be able to prevent Britain from being affected by Article 13? This question comes in light of Article 13 recently passing. For the purposes of this question, I am ...
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Can EU member states reject the new copyright legislation?

The European Parliament has recently voted in favour of planned reforms to copyright legislation, including the controversial Articles 11 and 13. This BBC News article about the vote states (emphasis ...
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Does the vote in favor of Article 13 affect Stack Exchange?

The EU parliament voted in favor of Article 13. An article which is heavily disputed and may have huge impacts on sites publishing (even if they are small) images or videos of others' creative work. ...
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What would happen if the UK refused to take part in EU Parliamentary elections?

I've seen a lot in the news over the past couple of weeks about the UK having to take part in the EU Parliamentary elections, if they still haven't left the EU by 22 May. For example: BBC Brussel's ...
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Why did the EU agree to delay the Brexit deadline?

Pretty much the title. My attempts to search Google only brings in swathes or news items about extension, but no explanation of why it might be so, at least none that I can find. Attempt to make UK ...
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Does the UK parliament need to pass secondary legislation to accept the Article 50 extension

Given the following The Miller Case established the need for Primary legislation to be passed within parliament to trigger the Article 50 notification. Which it did in the European Union (Withdrawal) ...
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How intensively has FvD campaigned for or against The Netherlands exiting the EU?

In the 2019 provincial elections, Forum voor Democratie (FVD) is set to win the most seats in the Dutch Senate (see picture from the Dutch broadcaster NOS below). I haven't really followed their ...
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Who votes to extend Brexit's deadline?

To give the UK a delay for Brexit, the European Union should unanimously grant the delay. But when we say "unanimously", who votes, who make the decision for each member state?
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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 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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In the backstop position will the UK be able to negotiate FTAs?

The backstop in the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill is a “Single Customs Territory” over which the EU has control of the tax wall around the UK (the “Common Commercial Policy”, I think?). ...
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How would the Northern Ireland Backstop impact the possibility of treaty change in the rest of the EU?

Under the terms of the Northern Ireland Backstop, the UK (or at least Northern Ireland) would be obligated to broadly follow EU rules surrounding the Single Market and the Customs Union. If, at some ...
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Conscription rights if UK Locked in Backstop

Does the EU have the power to develop a European Army, and to conscript European citizens into it? If so, would the Northern Ireland Backstop mean that UK citizens could also be conscripted into this ...
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What is the difference between the UK red lines and hard Brexit?

One aspect that I have not seen discussed in relation to the Brexit negotiations is in what ways a hard Brexit differs from the main aspects of what the UK wants from Brexit in the first place. ...
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The backstop in the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill

If I understand correctly there are two parts to the backstop in the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill. First, if the future relationship has not been agreed before December 2020 then “...
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What options are left, if Britain cannot decide?

To my understanding, the lawful government of the United Kingdom has decided, following due process, that: The United Kingdom shall leave the European Union at a set date (currently 29 Mar 2019) The ...
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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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Why doesn't the EU now just force the UK to choose between referendum and no-deal?

Since May has proven unable to get a deal through, there are now two alternatives left: no-deal, or an article 50 extension (which would then lead to further deals being put on the table, or possibly ...
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Can Brexit be canceled by leaders without parliamentary support? [duplicate]

Given that Brexit is something between the United Kingdom and the European Union, are there any leaders (I guess it would be May, if anybody) whom the EU recognizes as having the authority to cancel ...
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What is the rationale for a government trying to block one of its citizens for becoming EU prosecutor?

Romania’s former head of the anti-corruption directorate DNA has significant chances of becoming European Prosecutor's Office. According to Wikipedia, an EU Prosecutor can investigate fraud across EU,...
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How does GDPR affect raising signatures to be able to be a candidate party for an election?

European Parliament elections are coming and the parties and candidates must raise a certain number of signatures in order to participate. One who signs to support a party or candidate must provide ...
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How does Nord Stream II project fit with Ukraine-EU relationship?

A local TV short documentary argued that the Nord Stream II project should be finalized by 2019. I cannot find information to support this, but Wikipedia mentions that its construction has begun in ...
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Spitzenkandidaten and nominating Commissioners

If I understand correctly, in the Spitzenkandidat process each EU party nominates a candidate for Commission presidency. Do those nominees have proposed Commission appointees? Or does the installed ...