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Does Hungary have anything to gain from defending Israel's actions in Gaza?

But despite Berlin joining the likes of France, Spain, Ireland and Belgium, which have strongly pushed for measures against violent Israeli extremist settlers in the West Bank, the EU is stuck. The ...
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Is the requirement of being aligned with the EU's foreign policy in order to join it written into law?

The threat Russia poses in the Western Balkans should not be exaggerated. Virulent nationalist rhetoric aside, Serbia is not beholden to the Kremlin but rather is hedging its bets, as it has done for ...
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What is the purpose of Kosovo's Application Request to Join EU if several EU members do not recognize its independence?

At the end of 2022 Kosovo's leaders (..) signed a formal application seeking the status of candidate for membership in the European Union. According to Wikipedia, five EU members do not recognize ...
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Has the EU or EC done anything to stop laborers from North Korea from being exploited in Poland?

"I could feel the tremendous fear he was going through. The fear that something horrible would happen to his family because he did not return to North Korea," says Kati Piri, a Dutch Social ...
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How does the EU enforce its media ban against Russia Today?

Brussels — The European Union's chief executive says the 27-nation bloc will close its airspace to Russian airlines, fund supplies of weapons to Ukraine and ban some pro-Kremlin media outlets in ...
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What EU preparations does Christine Lagarde propose for a Trump presidency in the areas of 'capital market union' and 'single market', and why?

In CNN's January 31, 2024 ECB President: I don't regret warning about Donald Trump where CNN's Richard Quest interviews European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde there is this exchange after ...
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What was the last time an EU member used its veto power to prevent a country from joining the EU?

“Hungary’s perspective is clear: Ukraine is not ready for us to begin negotiations on its EU membership. It’s a completely illogical, irrational, and improper decision,” Hungary’s prime minister said. ...
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Is there a reason why Liechtenstein is not a member of the European Union?

Economically, Liechtenstein has one of the highest gross domestic products per person in the world when adjusted for purchasing power parity.[17] The country has a strong financial sector centred in ...
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Which is the most recent European country that joined the EU without a referendum?

Twice, in 1972 and in 1994, the Norwegian government had tried to join the EU (still the EEC, in 1973) and by doing so, leave the EFTA. However, both the times, the membership of the EU was rejected ...
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Is there an advantage in being a member of the EFTA, but not a member of the EU?

The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) is a regional trade organization and free trade area consisting of four European states: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.[4] The organization ...
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If the EU were viewed as a federation, would it appear more decentralized than the U.S.?

The U.S. may appear distinctive compared to many European nations in the extent to which state laws differ from state to state, as they are given more jurisdiction to govern themselves. For example, ...
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Like the EU, have US states discussed refugee sharing system?

EU countries have been talking about an agreement wherein the burden of refugees will be shared across many countries, not just the ones on frontier. For example, refugees that come to Italian shores ...
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Are there any examples where chapters "closed" during EU accession negotiations were later reopened?

According to Wikipedia, during EU accession negotiations: A chapter is said to be closed when both sides have agreed it has been implemented sufficiently, however it can still be re-opened if the ...
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What is the political argument of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy that Ukraine should not join NATO or EU, and remain neutral?

This article in LeMonde - Sarkozy criticized for call to compromise with Russia - states that the former French president Nicolas Sarkozy is a strong advocate of Ukraine being neutral: France's ...
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What are Hungary PM Orban's stated reasons why letting in Ukraine would not be in the EU's interest?

The last few weeks have seen articles on the dislike Hungary's Orban has for Ukraine joining the EU. For example, straight from the horse's mouth: Starting accession negotiations with #Ukraine is a ...
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Can individual countries in the EU raise complaints against China about trade deficits?

BRUSSELS — Beijing has rebuffed a complaint by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen over the EU's trade deficit against China, a day before her summit meeting with Chinese President Xi ...
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Why does Denmark provide a significantly lower level of protection to some refugees if there's a Common European Asylum System?

In 2015 and 2019, the Danish government introduced a series of legislative amendments that fundamentally changed Danish asylum practice. With these changes in mind, this report observes that residence ...
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Is there a reason why the EU doesn't pursue a FTA with each individual ASEAN country instead of a region-region agreement?

Negotiations with Indonesia are ongoing and negotiations with Thailand resumed recently, with the goal of further deepening bilateral trade and investment relations with both countries. Bilateral Free ...
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What are some roadblocks preventing a free trade agreement between the EU and the US?

Despite the US being the EU’s largest trade and investment partner, there is no dedicated free trade agreement between the EU and the US. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) ...
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Why don't most European countries apply to regional trade pacts outside of Europe like the RCEP and the CPTPP?

Why do most European countries not apply to regional trade pacts outside of Europe like the RCEP and the CPTPP? United Kingdom: The British Foreign Affairs Committee urged the UK Government to assess ...
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Is there a difference between lobbying in a supranational government like the EU as opposed to a national government like the U.S.?

Is there a difference between lobbying in a supranational government like the EU as opposed to a national government like the U.S.? I am guessing that lobbying for the EU is a lot less effective than ...
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Has the EU, the UN, or even some Muslim countries proposed to fund or construct any bomb shelters for civilians in Gaza?

The EU in cooperation with the UN have at least renovated some [Soviet-era, I guess] bomb shelters in Ukraine (ibid). So, have they tried to do something like that in Gaza? After all, the EU was ...
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Can the EU package aid through the IMF in exchange of political favors?

“European and some Gulf countries are trying to provide economic aid in order for Egypt to play a strong role in the humanitarian crisis,” Giuseppe Dentice, head of the MENA desk at the Centre for ...
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Time and place scope for the new EU law (proposal) that limits border closures

Sometime in September the European Parliament’s home affairs committee on Wednesday [Sep 20] backed legislation that allows EU countries to enact border controls only when faced with emergencies such ...
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Does the European Union play any role in mediating conflicts related to industrial espionage between two member countries?

AFP - France is the top offender when it comes to industrial espionage, and is even worse than China and Russia, the head of a German company was quoted as saying in a leaked US diplomatic cable made ...
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If the EU considers a group to be a terrorist group, does that mean every EU member also does?

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/26/eu-court-upholds-hamas-terror-listing The European Union’s top court has ruled that the Palestinian Islamist movement, Hamas, should remain on the EU ...
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Why has the EU not used the Temporary Protection Directive for refugees from Syria?

Wikipedia says: The Temporary Protection Directive (TPD; Council Directive 2001/55/EC) is a 2001 European Union directive providing for immediate, temporary protection for displaced people from ...
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Is there a more exact quote/translation of what Orban said recently about aid to Ukraine?

RFERL has it as Speaking in Brussels on the sidelines of the EU summit where discussion was focused on support for Ukraine, Orban said there was a “big battle” over the matter and added that he saw ...
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What are things that the Federal Reserve can do that a member state's central bank cannot do, because of the ECB?

The ECB Governing Council makes monetary policy for the Eurozone and the European Union, administers the foreign exchange reserves of EU member states, engages in foreign exchange operations, and ...
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Where does Hungary stand in EU politics?

From the last two years, it seems Orban is navigating closer and closer to Russia, and Hungary's relations with the EU are strained, to say the least. It seems there is a disagreement in many areas, ...
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Why did the EU stop publishing the adjusted/unexplained wage gap numbers since 2018?

The latest EU report on the adjusted/"unexplained" gender wage gap only has data up to 2018. Is it known why the EU stopped publishing this data back in 2018? Was it due to lack of funding ...
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What is the answer of Coal and Steel / EU based security framework regarding Russia [closed]

It is postulated many times that the EU was created to prevent a war between large countries of Europe and was successful in doing so: The European Coal and Steel Community which is designed ...
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Why does the ECB hold a large foreign currency reserve?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_foreign-exchange_reserves In addition to capital subscriptions, the NCBs of the member states participating in the euro area provided the ECB with ...
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Does the EU mitigate for circumstances where an EU member doesn't have an embassy with another EU country?

Map of countries host to a Portuguese Diplomatic mission (Portugal is shown in dark green) (Source: Wikipedia) I noticed Portugal doesn't have embassies with certain EU countries, so I was wondering ...
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Why did Eastern EU members embrace refugees from Ukraine but not refugees from other nations? [duplicate]

During the Russian Ukrainian war, Eastern EU members have accepted millions of Ukrainian refugees without complaint. This was in stark contrast to refugees from Africa and the Middle East which were ...
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Would it make sense for a country to have an embassy for the whole of the EU instead of an embassy in each country?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diplomatic_missions_of_the_European_Union Would it make sense for a country to have an embassy for the whole of the EU instead of an embassy in each country? I was ...
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Why does the EU believe that there's no need for an across the board harmonisation of member states' tax systems?

In this Communication, the Commission reiterated its belief that there is no need for an across the board harmonisation of Member States' tax systems. Provided that they respect EU rules, Member ...
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How do EU countries handle trade disputes between each other?

https://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/dispu_e/dispu_by_country_e.htm I was looking at this and it seems European countries are sometimes respondent to WTO disputes, and not the EU as a whole, so I was ...
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Who does the EU represent when negotiating with other countries on trade?

China’s trade surplus with Europe soared during the pandemic as Europeans bought more goods such as personal protective equipment or electronics to allow working from home. From 2020 to 2022 the ...
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How does the EU determine that invoking Article 7 against an EU member state is too harsh?

In early 2000, Austria formed a government which included the right-wing populist[3][4] Freedom Party. Invoking Article 7 was deemed excessive so other member states threatened to cut off diplomatic ...
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What can the EU do to prevent the circumventions of sanctions against Russia?

The Russian economy appears more resilient than expected and the Russian military retains the capacity to destroy civilian infrastructure and military targets and terrorise the Ukrainian population. ...
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How successful was the French Initiative for Western Balkans? [closed]

I'm trying to write an essay about the "French Initiative for Western Balkans" and the consequent results of their new methodology. It has been 4 years since the process started and there is ...
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Political countermeasures for "Web Environment Integrity"

It looks like Google is trying to enable the "Web Environment Integrity" API, which will allow web servers to determine if the browser has been tampered with, e.g., using an ad-blocker or ...
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Are there more recent (e.g post 2022) EU opinion polls on Turkey joining the EU?

I'm curious if public opinion in the EU countries on Turkey joining the EU has changed significantly in the past 6-7 years or so. I'm aware of one 2016 survey in which the public opinion about Turkey ...
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Why has Turkey attached the EU accession condition late?

Turkey could have attached the EU accession condition with Finish NATO membership. Why has it given Finland a free pass?
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Why does Russia specifically fund far-rights in Europe?

Far-right and left most pro-Kremlin in EU Parliament, data finds Putin’s friends in Europe Examining the Kremlin’s and Far-Right Parties Cooperation Russian funding is a reward for ideological ...
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How do countries vote when appointing a judge to the European Court of Justice?

The Court of Justice consists of 27 Judges who are assisted by 11 Advocates-General. The Judges and Advocates-General are appointed by common accord of the governments of the member states[7] and hold ...
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Are there any political parties in the EU (or UK) who support scrapping GDPR regulations?

There's all kinds of parties in the European Parliament and national parliaments of individual members. Are there any parties that would like to scrap General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) ...
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Examples of planned rotation of power in the governing coalition within the European Union

According to the conditions agreed upon when the Liberals and the Social Democrats decided to govern together in the autumn of 2021, the current Romanian Prime Minister should have resigned and ...
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Is Northern Cyprus the only EU territory under foreign occupation?

Northern Cyprus is a territory in Cyprus that is occupied by Turkey, according to everyone except Turkey. Cyprus is part of the EU, which makes Northern Cyprus an EU territory under foreign occupation....
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