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What EU or German law allegedly prevents a foreign king to rule his country from the German soil?

Recently, Germany’s FM Heiko Maas has said that HRM Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn should not be conducting politics while staying in Germany: "We have made it clear that politics concerning ...
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Why does EU have 4 different legislations prohibiting discrimination on grounds of nationality?

Aren't these 4 separate EU legislations redundant? More specifically, doesn't EU need just one of Art 18 and 45 TFEU to prohibit discrimination on grounds of nationality? "It is the constituent ...
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What and how is the relationship between the United States of America plus the European Union on the African Union? [closed]

I've seen a photo of Ivanka Trump and H.E.AMB.Kwesi Quartey and I wanted to ask what the Relationship between the US and the African Union is as well as the European Union, as cooperation between both ...
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What is the USA and EU's official position on Kulbhushan Jadhav? [closed]

WHO IS KULBHUSHAN JADHAV Kulbhushan Jadhav is an Indian national who is on the death row in Pakistan. He is accused of carrying out espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan at the behest of ...
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Why is the UK blaming the EU and what does the UK want?

I believe I know the Brexit issue pretty well. However, I haven't been closely following it since Boris became PM (but still followed it somewhat). What I don't understand is this: [...] what we can'...
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What does the EU want from China, more precisely, as Charles Michel sees it?

Reuters has these quotes from a Sep 14 article: “Europe needs to be a player, not a playing field,” European Council President Charles Michel told reporters following a video summit with Xi. “We want ...
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In the absence of a trade deal, and an amended withdrawal agreement, how will smuggling be prevented across the Irish border?

The extreme wing of the Conservative party which is currently ascendant in Britain, argues that there will never be a hard border in Ireland, because no one would build one, Britain, Ireland nor the ...
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How has the support for integration within the EU changed during the COVID-19 pandemic?

I'm interested in any surveys studying the popular support for EU and EU integration done in the EU memberstates within the period of the coronavirus. How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected the EU's ...
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Are there any estimates how may US citizens (or residents) have traveled to the EU after the Covid-19 “travel ban” was imposed?

Politico reported in August that numerous loopholes apparently existed in the EU's (Covid-19) travel "ban" that supposedly kept out US citizens/residents. Among these loopholes were (fake) ...
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What's the problem with the Internal Market Bill's article 42?

The IMB's article 42 (pg 38) states (emphasis mine): 42 Power to disapply or modify export declarations and other exit procedures (1) A Minister of the Crown may by regulations make provision about ...
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Brexit: In what specific ways is the UK government planning to break international law (previous agreements)?

I've read this BBC news story in full, but I'm still confused what the UK government is planning to do. It seems it concerns the Northern Ireland Protocol, but the specifics are unclear: No 10 ...
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Does Germany's Union have a significant Eurosceptic faction?

Do the CDU and CSU have a significant Eurosceptic faction (either hard or soft) which is represented at either grassroots or parliamentary level? Or is support for the European project so deeply ...
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Regarding the future of Golden visas in the EU

Half a month ago, I had asked this question which was part of my research. I am closely following the developments about the Golden visa schemes in the EU and EU's efforts to stop them and put them ...
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Can the European Union defend its geopolitical interests militarily in the east Mediterranean against Turkey?

The latest deployment of Greek, French and Turkish warships in the east Mediterranean is probably only military sabre-rattling. But I wonder whether the EU would actually be able to effectively defend ...
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Why has Germany not seen as many Islamist terror attacks as France, Italy or the UK?

The German intelligence agencies often complain, that they are ill-equipped to deal with terror attacks efficiently because they lack the legal authority to use certain surveillance methods. For ...
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Is Herman van Rompuy's recently-created noble title hereditary?

Herman van Rompuy, briefly Prime Minister of Belgium, and later the first President of the European Council, was created Count van Rompuy (Graaf van Rompuy) by Philippe of Belgium in 2015. Is this ...
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Common Fishing Policy and Super trawlers

The activity of Super Trawlers is making the news again given their continued efforts whilst most smaller boats were subject to lockdown restrictions. Greenpeace is pushing for a ban on supertrawlers ...
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EU trade deals with Switzerland and Ukraine - focus on Manufactured Goods

Switzerland is in the Single Market for Manufactured goods as it closely follows relevant EU rules, and is also in a Customs Union for Manufactured goods, thereby granting full access in this sector. ...
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What are the political implications of buying a russian airgun as a european citizen? [closed]

I'm considering buying a russian-made airgun, the Baikal mp 61. I'm a European citizen and usually I try to support companies in Europe. In this case, I don't find any other western designs that ...
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Can US states join the EU? [duplicate]

Recent events (if not all of history) have made clear that the northeastern states of the US belong more to Europe than to the remaining US states. Is there a mechanism for at least some of those ...
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Impact of Boris Johnson's Irish Backstop on CTA travel

Under Boris Johnson's version of the post-Brexit Irish backstop, Northern Ireland follows EU rules for goods, and also pays EU Customs duties upfront as a 'deposit' which is later refunded if those ...
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Implications of Brexit Political Declaration

There is some debate as to whether or not the UK has a mandatory obligation to apply EU rules in Domestic activites beyond 2020, irrespective of what Brexit (Trade) Deal is negotiated. The Political ...
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Why is using the euro instead of a local currency such a big deal and why is the wealth of the society an argument?

I think this is a question of both economics and politics, but I decided to ask it here. There will soon be elections in Poland. There was a debate about this question: should Poland keep the złoty (...
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Did the EU PPE Scheme deliver anything?

Towards the end of April 2020, there was significant criticism of the UK government for not joining an EU wide procurement scheme for PPE equipment. Guardian 22nd April Statements from around the same ...
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What mechanisms are available to seek compensation from the UK in relation to Brexit-related disputes?

France (and possibly other EU members) are threatening to take legal action against the UK if their fishermen are significantly disadvantaged after Brexit, including under 'No-deal'. French ...
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What is preventing the UK and the EU from progressing in the talks on post-Brexit trade?

Speaking on June 5th 2020, at the end of the fourth round of talks on post-Brexit trade, EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier said: Ladies and Gentlemen, to be clear, our lack of progress in this ...
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Is it possible to purchase emission allowances with the goal of reducing the amount in circulation?

Can any company purchase emission allowances under the EU Emission Trading System and then not end up using them? My reasoning behind it would be to keep on increasing this commodity's price in order ...
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Which EU country has the most violent police force?

I hope this is the right sub to post this in. I am looking for a peer-reviewed study which compares the number of violent incidences committed by police officers against civilians in different EU ...
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Where does CEPS fall on the political spectrum?

I am curious about the general political leanings of CEPS.
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What are the UK Government's arguments against extending the Brexit transition period?

According to an article published today (April 22nd), as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, several top members of the civil service are appealing to the UK Government to extend the current Brexit ...
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How feasible would it be to revive transatlantic trade deals without the special court systems (ISDS)

One of the main controversies surrounding both transatlantic trade deals, TTIP between the USA and the European Union and CETA, between Canada and the European Union, is the ISDS clause. Why has no ...
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What other EU countries' population (besides Italy) see China and/or Russia as their best friend(s) and Germany as their worst enemy?

An Euractiv article, points to SWG a poll among Italians that finds China and Russia being considered friendly countries now in Italy while Germany and France are seen as enemies: (One can't help but ...
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What is/was the proposal to establish an European Monetary Fund mainly about?

Apparently the EMF was a shot-down proposal of how to reform/expand the ESM. Alas the documentation I found is rather vague [at summary level] along the lines of: The European Commission's proposal ...
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Are the 2020 ESM “coronavirus” MoUs substantially the same as the 2012-2013 ESM MoUs?

It's been asserted (more specifically now) in an answer to another question here that the 2012 (actually Jan 2013) ESM MoUs are effectively the same as the 2020 ESM "coronavirus" MoUs. Reasons I'm ...
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Significance of “meaningful steps towards fiscal union”, in the context of Italy's rejection of part of covid aid/loan package? [duplicate]

If you read some of the news about Italy's turning down of some of the parts of the covid loan/rescue package, a number of sites have the same exact quote. Analysts said the measures had helped ...
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Is there a summary of Varoufakis' EuroLeaks?

As some kind of protest against the EU's latest action(s), former finance minister of Greece Varoufakis has released some tapes of his conversations with the Troika etc., which seem to date back to ...
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What conditions has Germany (or the EU as a whole) attached to the ESM loan offer that Italy is refusing?

It's been asserted in a couple of answers to another question that Germany (or the EU) has attached serious reform conditions to the ESM loans that Italy is refusing. What conditions were these? (...
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Why is Italy rejecting 39 billion euros of EU coronavirus aid?

According to tagesschau.de (original article in German, translation here), in response to the European Union's coronavirus aid package, Italy's government has made it clear that "[they] don't want ...
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How has public opinion of the European Union changed as a result of the COVID-19 crisis?

The response of the EU to the COVID-19 pandemic has not exactly been unified. Despite finally reaching agreement on a €500bn rescue package on Thursday, this came after weeks of argument, particularly ...
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What did the US CDC say about COVID-19 human-to-human transmission between Jan 14 and 21?

From (answers to) a related question, the WHO had mostly changed their public stance on the human-to-human transmission of COVID-19 after Jan 22, while giving mostly "negative signals" on this matter ...
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Why do Catholics support European integration more than Protestants?

In their paper Does Religion Matter?: Christianity and Public Support for the European Union, Nelsen et. al explore the effect of religious denomination, and the strength of that religious conviction ...
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Can an EU country government force its medical doctors work with SARS-CoV2 infected patients without the proper equipment?

Romania has virtually the worst public health system in EU and there is no surprise that it is far from being prepared for tackling the coronavirus infection. On major issue is that corruption (e.g. ...
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What are the benefits of the proposed Euro/Corona bonds over conventional government bonds?

This article describes the efforts of several European Union countries to agree to issue "corona bonds" or "Eurobonds", which are a joint EU mechanism to issue joint debt shared between different ...
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Can the European Central Bank “print money” to partially mitigate the economical effects of the coronavirus infection spreading?

SARS-CoV-2 infection managed to bring a significant part of the economy to a halt and it is expected for lots of companies to have cash flows problems (e.g. impossible to pay the suppliers). I have ...
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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, ...
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Are there oligarchs in Western countries?

Why do I see the term 'oligarch' almost exclusively applied to Eastern European countries? Are there oligarchs in the European Union, the United States? As I understand it, an oligarch is a wealthy ...
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Has Turkey made any demands for the EU to meet so they keep the refugees?

Brief context Now lately, I have been watching the news, and the President of Turkey had a meeting in Brussels to negotiate further conditions with the NATO and EU. European Countries Stances... As ...
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Enforcing Entrance into Schengen Area for EU Members

From what I understand, it is currently necessary for EU countries to join the Schengen Area (src: https://ec.europa.eu/home-affairs/what-we-do/policies/borders-and-visas/schengen_en). I know that ...
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Why are non-Schengen countries excluded from the Covid-19 US travel ban?

The US government suspended travel from Europe to US, except for countries which are not in the Schengen area such as the UK and Ireland. Many comments from EU leader seem to assume that this is a ...
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What has the reaction from the EU been to Trump suspending travel from the whole 26-country Schengen zone?

Breaking news US President Donald Trump has announced sweeping new travel restrictions on Europe in a bid to combat the spread of the coronavirus. In a televised address, he said travel from 26 ...

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