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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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Why did the UK not have any post-EU exit deals agreed prior to June 2016?

Britain held a referendum on EU membership in 2016, Leave won, some other stuff happened, there was and is load of a drama and the UK is possible maybe who knows perhaps due to leave in March of next ...
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Are MEPs intended to vote in the national interest, regional interest, EU interest, or some combination?

What is the intended role of MEPs? Should they vote in the national interest, their regional interest, or the European Union's interest?
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How can I find out the laws that the UK has been outvoted on in the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers?

I would like to find out which laws the UK has been outvoted on in the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers. How can I do this?
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Were the UK opt outs of the Euro and Schengen enacted via the Ordinary Legislative Procedure?

Were the UK opt outs of Schengen and the Euro legislatively enacted via the Ordinary Legislative Procedure or by treaty negotiation at the Council level?
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Why do Europeans pay for European products with US Dollar?

In Jean-Claude Juncker's most recent speech on the state of the European Union, there is this perplexing passage: It is absurd that Europe pays for 80% of its energy import bill – worth 300 ...
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Why does the European Court of Justice ruling matter to Brexit?

I read this in a CNN article: The European Court of Justice sided with the advice of its top legal officer, who declared last week that the UK has the power to withdraw its notification to leave ...
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Would Switzerland's direct democracy survive EU membership? [on hold]

The Swiss citizenry has this year ruled, among other things, on extension of federal government's taxation rights until 2035, giving monopoly on money creation to the Swiss National Bank, on the ...
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As a dual EU citizen, which country should I vote in for european elections?

I am a dual EU citizen (which countries is irrelevant here, but both full EU members) and am wondering which of my two countries I should register to vote in for the next European Parliament Elections,...
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Could the UK unilaterally “restart the clock” on Brexit?

Assume that: The UK withdraws its Article 50 notice (or purports to do so) as the ECJ says it can. The UK waits for whatever length of time is politically expedient. Optionally, the UK holds a "...
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Is food additive usage unified across the EU (except for traditional foods)?

Some time ago I saw on the news a person arguing about the differences between food additives (Es) within EU, focusing on the fact that some countries allow more additive than others. This EU ...
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Are all recorded EP votes public? [duplicate]

I'm desparately trying to find who voted for the language equality in the digital age act, apart from the comittee.
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Do EEA members benefit from EU free trade deals?

Consider a country that is a member of the EEA (but not the EU) and also the EFTA. If the EU negotiates a zero tariff free trade deal with Costa Rica, say, do EEA/EFTA counties also benefit from this ...
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Why do UK citizens feel “that only the British (and perhaps the Swiss) are properly democratic”? [on hold]

Why do UK citizens feel "that only the British (and perhaps the Swiss) are properly democratic"? Please the bolded phrases below in the quotes for illustrations: Gary Gibbon, First-class BA ...
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Why is Germany not in the New Hanseatic League?

The Bad Weather Coalition, more formally known as the New Hanseatic League, is a group of EU member states Ireland, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, which are all “...
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How does the European Union ensure the correctness of elections with member countries?

During the last referendum in Romania, the existing voting monitoring system did not work, creating doubt about the correctness of voting as this system allowed multiple voting detection: Several ...
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Did Nigel Farage ever explain why the UK should leave the EU?

Some explanation is probably necessary... I know he explained many times what he considered to be faults with the EU, but those are not reasons to leave - they are firstly things to be fixed, and ...
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The backstop involves staying in a Customs Union with the EU - who gets the tariffs?

The Withdrawal Agreement Backstop is a UK-wide Customs Union with the EU. In this event, who gets the tariffs?
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Why is May in charge of Brexit negotiations? What happened to the prominent Brexiteers?

I don't follow UK politics much, but I did get interested during the Brexit referendum two years ago. Back then, the main names I recall are David Cameron, Boris Johnson, and Nigel Farage, and maybe ...
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Does the EU require preferential trade within itself?

I was talking to someone about BREXIT the other day and they presented a reason for voting leave that I hadn't heard of before. They claimed that entering the EU had always seemed unfair, to them, on ...
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Did European Union officials decide not to influence Brexit campaign?

European Union leaders have just approved an agreement on Britain's departure. I have just caught a glimpse on the news - a political analyst arguing about the agreement said that European Union ...
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What are the reasons for the rise in Euroscepticism over the last few years?

Eurosceptic political parties in Europe have been on the rise over the last few years. What are the reasons for this? What are the main arguments made by Eurosceptics against the EU?
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During the transition period will UK membership contributions continue as before, in addition to the divorce bill?

During the transition period (assuming there is one) I understand UK membership contributions to the EU will continue as before. But will these be in addition to the £39 billion “divorce bill”? ...
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Why is the magnitude of the UK/EU divorce bill not contingent on a deal?

The £39 billion “divorce bill” is payment for commitments previously made up until the end of the current Multiannual Framework. If the Transition Period keeps the UK as full-paying members (albeit ...
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Did the EU cookie consent law have a pilot scheme?

Was the EU ePrivacy Regulation law subject to prior testing? ePrivacy was introdued in 2009 and updated in 2017. A key goal was: The new rule will streamline the overload of consent requests for ...
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Definition of “pooled sovereignty”

What does pooled sovereignty mean? IIUC sovereignty is pooled in the EU in the sense that supreme legislative power is vested in others offshore. But is sovereignty pooled in, say, the UNECE ...
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When the A8 (ex-Eastern Bloc) states acceded, was the process defined by treaty or by the Ordinary Legislative Process?

When the ex-Easterrn bloc countries acceded to the EU there were conditions of accession. For example, transitional migration controls were permitted. How were these controls agreed? By the ...
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Do MEPs get to vote on Treaty changes?

Can EU Treaties (eg. Rome, Amsterdam, Nice, Lisbon) be said to contain laws? If so, do MEPs get to vote on these?
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Was the withdrawal agreement in Article 50 intended to be the statement of future relationship?

Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty lays out that a two year period may be used to define the an agreement for withdrawal. This has ended up defining a period during which the future relationship will ...
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Were the UK’s assets in the EU used to calculate the divorce bill?

Having been net contributors for decades, the UK has assets in the EU. For example shares in buildings and the European Investment Bank. Were these included in the £39 billion divorce bill?
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Why hasn't France exited the EU, when it loathes the EU's enlargement?

Why doesn't France have more Euroscepticism? Why haven't more of the French voted to leave, after the UK's entry in the EC in 1973 that De Gaulle and his government loathed? The European Union: A ...
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Is a second EU Referendum undemocratic?

People often say a second referendum is undemocratic. The first referendum was partially based on incorrect/dishonest information. After over two years of the general public viewing the government ...
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Why does Brexit threaten the Good Friday Agreement from 1998?

Since the British referendum to leave the EU I often hear that Brexit threatens the Good Friday Agreement. As far as I know the Good Friday Agreement pretty much ended violent conflict in Northern ...
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Why are the 2019 elections an objection to extending Article 50?

Austrian foreign minister Karin Kneissl was interviewed in Newsnight recently. When asked whether she could support a hypothetical request from the UK to extend Article 50, she did not immediately ...
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Did the EU agree to a customs union without freedom of movement in the latest Brexit deal?

The Economist has published a convenient chart explaining the "final" Brexit deal: Does this essentially mean that the EU has agreed to a full customs union without freedom of workers movement? Or ...
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If the NI border is the major sticking point in the Brexit negotiations, why are both sides willing to risk no-deal?

The news over the past few weeks have made a big thing about how the major sticking point in the Brexit negotiations is the 'backstop' over the Northern Irish border, with both sides, apparently, ...
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Why is the EU concerned about the UK “unilaterally withdrawing” from a proposed Irish backstop?

As I understand, one of the sticking points in the Brexit negotiations has been Britain's level of obligation to a proposed customs union backstop. I understand also that this is essentially a ...
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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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Domestic scrutiny of EU legislation before Parliament and Council of Ministers votes

I have identified two committees within Westminster: The European Scrutiny Committee The European Union Committee Are these the domestic bodies composed of representatives that have the role of ...
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Why are all Iran-German/Iran-European trades made in Dollar instead of Euro?

Germany and most of the EU members declared that they are against the US-sanctions targeting Iran. I wonder how and why all trades with Iran are involving US credit institutes and why trades in Euro ...
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Is EU Treaty Article 50 (2) paradoxical?

Article 50(2) of the Treaty on European Union (the “Lisbon Treaty”) sets out that the European Union Withdrawal Agreement should take account of the terms for the departing Member State’s future ...
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Will the Withdrawal Agreement contain binding commitments to the nature of the Future Relationship?

The vote on the European Union Withdrawal Agreement is being used to enable UK Parliamentarians have a say on whether to proceed on the basis of the negotiated deal with the EU. But will the ...
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Will member state parliaments have the opportunity to ratify the UK/EU deal before exit day?

The European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill will be voted on by the UK Parliament before Exit Day (29th March 2019) to give Members of Parliament an opportunity to scrutinise the negotiated EU/UK ...
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Are European Union WTO schedules certified?

IIUC WTO trade schedules can be unilaterally set, but are open to dispute and, when disputes are resolved, “certification”. Schedules can exist and take effect while not certified. I have read the ...
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Does the European Commission have to include amendments made to legislation by Parliament or Council?

During ordinary legislative procedure does the European Commission need to include ammendments made by the Council of the EU or the Parliament, after submitting legislation for approval?
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Can the European Council instruct the Commission?

How is the relationship between the European Council and the Commission defined? Can the Council instruct the Commission?
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Purpose of the European Arrest Warrant

In 2005, Osman Hussain, who tried to blow up the London Underground on 21st July that year, was extradited from Italy using the European Arrest Warrant. This is held up as an example of the utility ...
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Are EU members answerable to the ECtHR?

Do EU members need to be answerable to the ECtHR? The ECHR and its court are distinct to the EU, but is membership of the EU in any way tied to the rulings of this organisation?
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Are EU Regulations more analogous to Acts of Parliament or Statutory Instruments?

Are EU Regulations more analogous to Acts of Parliament or Statutory Instruments - or something completely different? Acts tend to be less frequent, while Statutory Instruments are subservient and ...
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List of EU Regulations

Is there a website where I can view the list of EU regulations (not directives)? I can get a view of directives by searching for the UK Statutory Instruments that implement them, but would like to ...
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What evidence is there that the EU had a causative influence in the relative peace in Europe post WWII?

The European Union and its predecessor organisations are frequently cited as being a causative factor (rather than simply a correlative) in the relative peace experienced by Continental Europe post-...