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Were there any intra-EU concerns expressed that Germany was practicing dumping prices on aluminium sheets?

Reuters reports on the new anti-dumping duties imposed by the Biden administration on aluminium sheets (worldwide): The U.S. Commerce Department on Tuesday issued final anti-dumping duties on common ...
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Why hasn't the EU approved Russia's COVID vaccine yet? [closed]

Hungary started to administer the Russain-developed Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccines recently while the EU did not authorize it yet (see e.g. https://www.euronews.com/2021/02/20/sputnik-v-why-hasn-t-the-eu-...
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How did the view of Continental Europe on Brexit change between the 2016 Referendum and today?

There are plenty of polls asking the British population what they think about Brexit, but there are hardly any polls regarding Continental Europe's view on it; especially no recent ones. Judging from ...
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EU Vaccine export controls - what actually happened?

I've seen quite a few news reports recently over the EU's introduction of new export rules to control vaccines leaving the bloc. The BBC is a British outlet and perhaps, given Brexit, may put a more ...
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Current status of a prospective 2017 EU fining of the UK for allowing undervalued Chinese imports

According to Politico in 2017: Britain faces a potential €2 billion bill from Brussels after EU investigators found that U.K. authorities turned a blind eye to a massive fraud network that allowed ...
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How big is this customs-clearing fee that packages from the UK to the EU incur? [closed]

The BBC has an article that lots of Germans are apparently refusing to accept packages they ordered from the UK once they are presented with the new customs clearing form/fee. Since 1 January, lots ...
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Could UK SMEs set up centers in Northern Ireland to maintain full access to both the EU and the rest of the UK?

Under the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement and Future Relationship, Northern Ireland is in a very advantageous position where it has full access to the EU for goods, and can also send goods to (but not ...
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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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Why does the fishing industry have such a powerful lobby in Europe?

Fishing has been the last issue blocking the ratification of the Brexit and is seemingly the primary reason why Iceland and Norway have refused to join the EU. But why is the fishing lobby so powerful?...
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What would be the negative effects if the EU created a fiscal union? [closed]

Some economists argue that the monetary union of the European Union should be followed by further fiscal integration. The wikipedia page lists only advantages of such fiscal union, but what would be ...
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(Why) did the EEA countries accept a guillotine clauses at a later date than the original Agreement?

Wikipedia says (alas without citing a clear source) that EU also has guillotine clauses in the EEA agreements with Norway (2001), Iceland (2001), and Liechtenstein (2008), which must directly accept ...
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Why does the EEA not include a customs union?

It's easy to find that e.g. the EEA does not include the Common Fisheries Policy because Iceland and Norway didn't want to have their fish stocks shared/managed in common with the EU. (Aside: ...
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Are the EU's “four freedoms” inseparable when negotiating a deal with a country?

I heard that, for whatever reasons, the EU wants its partners to agree (or not) to all four freedoms as one package (freedom of goods, services, capital, movement). So, for example, Norway agreed to ...
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Why does the Czech government need EU permission to change the way vaccines are administered?

According to the Twitter of Andrej Babiš (Czech prime minister): This evening I have asked the EC President @vonderleyen to explore and approve together with @EMA_News as soon as possible the ...
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How does the recent EU-UK trade treaty “go beyond a Canada-style” agreement, but still not require ratification by national parliaments under EU law?

The rules for ratifying EU trade treaties depend on what's in them. There are two categories known as "EU-only" and respectively "mixed" treaties, roughly discriminated along the ...
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The EU-Uk trade deal ratification by national parliaments

What would follow if any of the national parliaments refused to ratify the EU-UK trade agreement?
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To what extent are financial services in this last Brexit deal (trade agreement)?

I've read two somewhat conflicting accounts from the BBC on this. On one hand: [Boris Johnson] acknowledged he had been forced to give ground on his demands on fishing. "The EU began with I ...
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Would France and other EU countries have been able to block freight traffic from the UK if the UK was still in the EU?

There are currently lorries queueing in their thousands in the south east of England as France has closed its border due to the fear of spreading the mutated strain of COVID-19. If the UK was still in ...
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Channel Islands Equivalence in Financial Services

The Channel Islands are not 'in' the EU Single Market, but have a close relationship with it; this is particularly true in Financial Services, where they have a wide-ranging Equivalence agreement. ...
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Why don't the UK and EU agree to fish only in their territorial waters?

In following the ongoing Brexit negotiations, I notice that fishing rights in UK waters is a sticking point, e.g. But the two sides have yet to narrow gaps on two of the thorniest issues: fishing ...
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How many financial centres are to be created in the EU?

In the The Financial Times article UBS chairman Axel Weber assesed that the division of Europe is a massive benefit to the City of London because if Europe were united the impact ... of Brexit would ...
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Is there still a way to avoid a hard Brexit on January first that does not require agreement of all individual EU members?

Brexit negotiations are still ongoing although the UK is scheduled to leave the EU on the 31st of December. As I understand it there are essentially three options. Some kind of trade deal is agreed, ...
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What was the relative importance of EU regulations as a reason for Brexit?

In the National Review article, Only the Supreme Court Can Effectively Restrain the Administrative State, December 1, 2020, there is a sentence, emboldened below, If the administrative state ...
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Did the European Commission start an infringement procedure related to the quality of one or multiple EU members health systems?

Note: I will use Romania as an example in my post, but the question is general (EU level). Environment-related infringement procedures are something rather usual in the EU. Just to pick an example, ...
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Has the European Union taken any concrete steps towards reducing its economic dependency on China?

Coronavirus showed in 2020 spring that the European Union has considerable economic dependency on China: Chinese manufacturers and suppliers have shut down factories and offices in an effort to ...
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Which sources of CO2 emissions are currently considered for The European Union Emissions Trading System?

This article describes the Carbon emissions pricing used in the European Union. This is part of the European Union Emissions Trading System (ETS) which provided good results despite low prices: (..) ...
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Is there a way for the EU except for Hungary and Poland to use Pandemic Relief Funds without approval coming from Hungary and Poland?

According to npr.org, the EU has a hard time passing the EU Budget which contains the pandemic relief funds for hard-hit nations. The European Union's landmark stimulus plan to assist member states ...
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What happens if there's a veto on the European Union budget?

Recently Hungary and Poland vetoed (or formally just threaten to use a veto) on the EU budget (see for example here). What happens in 2021 if there's no accepted budget? The referred article mentions ...
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Could the leaving of pro-brexit advisors be a prelude to the UK remaining in the EU? [closed]

There are people who were influential in attempting to make the UK leave the EU. Some of them have gone. Some of them were significant influences. Now that Nigel Farage and Dominic Cummings (BBC link) ...
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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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Post-Brexit Fisheries deal [closed]

While progress has been made in many areas of the Brexit negotiations, Fisheries and the Level-playing-field continue to be sticking points. In particular, the EU has so far rejected a Norway-style ...
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Brexit Timeline as of November 2020

Boris Johnson's October 15th deadline for negotiations was somewhat artificial, but it represented the real need to have any post-Brexit trade deal negotiated, signed, and ratified by the end of the ...
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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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