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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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Any backlash against Ukrainians working in Poland? What's the Polish public opinion on Ukrainian guest workers?

According to Eurostat, in 2016 the vast majority of new work permits for non-EU citizens were issued by Poland for Ukrainians, nearly half a million such permits. Bloomberg has a background article ...
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How many “Blue Cards” have EU countries issued?

The "Blue Card" is EU-level scheme allowing high-skilled non-EU citizens to work and live in any country within the European Union, excluding Denmark, Ireland and the United Kingdom, According to ...
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Are there EU countries that offer a path to citizenship for non-EU foreign workers?

In the US there exist "dual intent" visas, e.g. H-1B, which while being a temporary work permit, nevertheless can lead to a permanent residence rights ("green card", usually sponsored by the employer ...
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Are there statistics on the origin and length of stay of non-EU foreign workers in the EU?

According to Wikipedia In 2016, around 7.14% (15.885.300 people) of total EU employment were not citizens, 3.61% (8.143.800) were from another EU Member State, 3.53% (7.741.500) were from a non-EU ...
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“Everything But Arms” and migrants

A common trope in Europe is that the European Union, by means of exploitation and stiff tariffs, keeps the African economy down, thereby forcing economic migrants to leave home for Europe. However, ...
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Has there been a (sustained) downward trend in the amount of EU Commission's press releases in the past decade?

Wikipedia seems to suggest so Where there are multiple departments involved a press release can also be a source of competition between areas of the Commission and Commissioners themselves. This ...
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How does European Commission deal with EU countries language subtleties / local context?

This is somehow a follow up of this question that suggests that European Union should have reacted to a controversial declaration made by an ex-Romanian Prime Minister. I have noticed that European ...
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Can the EU maintain financial channels and Oil trade with Iran like they claim in their statement on reimposition of US sanctions on the country?

The US has announced fully enforcing sanctions on Iran, starting from Tuesday this week. The EU issued their statement on that, stating that they regret the US decision but the most curious part is: ...
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Did Ukraine lose half its GDP because of sanctions against Russia?

According to a Russian News Agency Ukrainian politician Evgeny Murayev said that Anti-Russian sanctions of the EU and the United States deprived the Ukraine from half of its gross domestic ...
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What's the extent of Russian involvement in Brexit, according to latest research?

I found a Channel 4 piece from November last year, discussing 3 papers, roughly in the order of the quantity of evidence (which however might be inversely correlated with the certainty that they were ...
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Why would Putin or Russia benefit from a weak EU or weak EU countries?

Various (western) commentators and politicians state that "the only one happy with/benefiting from [insert bad scenario here] is Putin/Russia" (I'm not sure which one(s) of the two they mean). ...
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What explains the huge difference between UKIP's high-watermark in EU vs UK elections?

On one hand, UKIP came 1st among British parties in the 2014 MEP election with 24 seats, representing 32.9% of British seats. They even came first in the popular vote in that contest with 26.6% of ...
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What happens to a MEP who is suspended (or even expelled) from his own party in his home country?

There have been some recent cases of British MEPs being suspended from their party "at home". What are the implications of such moves for their activities (and EU-level groups) as a MEP? Do they lose ...
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Could (in theory) the British government or some other British entity “neuter” the British MEPs before Brexit (Spring 2019)?

http://www.lindamcavanmep.org.uk/other-issues/brexit.php says The government has decided that both British Ministers and MEPs will continue to play a full role in EU affairs up until Brexit. I was, ...
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Would European Parliament members from the UK get to vote on the final Brexit deal?

Presuming that a deal is negotiated between the UK and the EU, there would most likely have to be a vote in the European Parliament to confirm it. Given that UK MPs would continue to serve in their ...
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Why doesn't the EU encourage anonymity rather than creating rules about handling personal data?

The EU has a lot of laws regulating the privacy of personal data which tell companies when, how and under which conditions they may store information about their users. GDPR is the most notorious of ...
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Does the European Union buy soybeans?

Thursday reports relative to the Juncker-Trump meeting: Europeans agreed ... to buy billions of dollars of American soybeans. Now, my question is quite simple: Does the European union buy ...
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Why did the EU Council also suggest homeopathic products to treat animals beside conventional drugs?

This EU Council Regulation from 1999 argues about organic livestock production regulation: (..) when animals become sick or injured, they should be treated immediately by giving preference to ...
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A country seeks help from EU

Can a developing country (say, Nepal) seek advisory and logistics help from the EU to upgrade/modify/modernize its state laws, police force, bureaucratic system, and so on? If yes, what would be EU's ...
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EU/ECJ precedents for failing to enforce border?

I read in a FT article that, in the case of a no-deal Brexit: If Ireland breaches the integrity of the single market by failing to control its border, it will be liable at the European Court of ...
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What is the argument for committing to ongoing regulatory alignment for goods between the UK and EU?

The UK economy is only ~20% goods-based [1]. ~85% [2] of the global market (PPP) sits outside of the EU (excluding the UK), and this share is growing. Only 5-8% [3] of UK businesses export to the EU....
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The EU and Japan recently concluded a Free Trade Agreement - will the EU and Japan share a common rulebook on goods, including agrifood?

The EU and Japan recently negotiated a Free Trade Agreement. Will the EU and Japan therefore share a common rulebook for goods, including agrifood?
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Do parliamentarians of the European Union usually have the same political views as their colleagues in national parliaments?

In theory, the political stance of the European Parliament should be very close to that of the national parliaments as voters presumably choose the same parties to represent them in the EU as they do ...
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Could countries rejoin a new Soviet Union? [closed]

Since countries like Hungary and Poland are having arguments with the EU at the moment about things like immigration, might they quit the EU or even be pushed away towards Russia and a new Soviet ...
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Where can I find which MEP voted for which laws?

As the title says. Specifically I am interested to know if my local Member of the European Parliament voted in favor or against the controversial copyright law that was rejected, but their personal ...
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Were the British always among the most skeptical about free movement of people in the EU?

... or did they become this way only after the EU enlargement in Central and Easter Europe (after the fall of the Iron Curtain)? If there's a need to back up the premise of the question... here's a ...
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Is there a precedent of an European Party from European Parliament excluding a member party in the last 20 years?

Justice law changes have quite a history in Romania and European officials have warned Romanian officials about the side effects: European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and First Vice ...
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If Vote Leave overspent does that make the referendum invalid? [duplicate]

There are allegations that vote leave has been linked with additional funds from DUP (Northen Irish party). An example of this DUP (Northern Irish political party) vote leave advert on metro (popular ...
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How does the EU allocate food quotas to individual countries/producers?

The EU regulates food imports by publishing a list of quotas for each food category and country of manufacture. Some of the quotas are also available to any country worldwide rather than a specific ...
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Why is the European Parliament still pursuing copyright law despite its implementation issues?

According to this article, the European Parliament is considering rolling out taxation of news aggregators: (..) large European newspaper publishers have dreamed of charging news aggregators such ...
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Why are alcohol beverages generally exempted from displaying nutritional facts/ingredient list within EU?

This is related to this question, but applied within European Union. According to this source, EU does not impose nutritional facts or ingredient list display for alcoholic beverage: Alcoholic ...
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Why does the EU not seem to pursue technological independence?

Why does the European Union not seem to pursue technological independence? While I am just a naïve citizen without deep insight, it seems to me that many technologies that seem critical to both our ...
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Restrictions on reform to the common agricultural policy by the UK post-Brexit

The EU Common Agricultural Policy has come in for a lot of criticism over the years, and one effect of Brexit is to give the UK government the opportunity to reform the UK system after it leaves the ...
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Why MEPs on the plenary session vote by show of hand and not electronically?

Despite having electronic voting available, MEPs vote by show of hands on the plenary session. Is there a specific reason behind this? Likewise, even when electronic voting is used, usually ...
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What would Norway have lost if they had joined the EU?

A referendum on joining the European Union was held in Norway on 27 and 28 November 1994. But, the "No campaign" won the referendum. One of the reason was that, Norway has an economy based on ...
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What is the rationale for hosting CIA secret jails by Romania and Lithuania?

According to this article, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Romania and Lithuania allowed the detention and abuse of a Saudi and a Palestinian at secret U.S. prisons: The court ...
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Why do the Europeans and US consider Hezbollah Terrorists?

Some years ago and after the start of the Syrian war, Europe considered Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, while during the Syrian war this organization defeated terrorists such as daesh and ...
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Do any European politicians advocate for creating an European Army and leaving NATO?

The United Kingdom with figures such as Thatcher being against a European army (ref here) and Tony Blair (ref here) who was for it, have been the most sceptical country towards the creation of a ...
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Is there anything in EU law to prevent this invasion scenario? [closed]

Let's say Putin's government funds an NGO (clandestinely, so it looks like a for realz NGO), rents out a ton of large ships, puts on a couple hundred thousand little green men out of uniform and ...
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Do any European politicians advocate shutting down American bases in Europe?

The USA has military bases all over the world (including in some EU countries such us Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece) which is expensive to their economy. List of military bases here. On ...
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Where will EU money go? [closed]

There is no doubt that money from the UK goes to the EU regardless of how much it receives in return. Now that the UK will leave the EU, what will the money that the UK regularly gives to the EU be ...
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What does ECJ ruling about residency rights of gay spouses actually mean for the EU countries that do not recognize same-sex marriage?

According to Independent European Court of Justice ruled that all EU countries must recognize residency rights of gay spouses: All European Union countries must recognise the residency rights of ...
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Is the Brexit implementation period predicated on a deal with the EU?

I presume the term “Brexit implementation period” means implementation of the negotiated deal with the EU. Does this mean the “implementation period” is predicated on a deal with the EU? If so, what ...
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Why is Stability and Growth Pact still maintained?

According to Wikipedia article about Stability and Growth Pact there are many issues related to its implementation: unenforceable against big countries weakened in 2005 to waive France's and Germany'...
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Why did four EU countries break the EU consensus over the US embassy in Jerusalem?

This article argues about four EU countries sending ambassadors to attend the official inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem: Breaking with European consensus, the ambassadors of four EU ...
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Why is the EU eager to stick to the Iran nuclear deal?

Why is the EU eager to stick to the Iran nuclear deal even after the USA backs out from the deal and even threatens to put sanctions on EU companies?
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Why was Schengen a problem in distributing refugees based on quotas?

I'd often heard here in Czechia that quota couldn't really distribute refugees, as everyone has the right to move freely within the EU. Is the Schengen Agreement so strict it is So hard to adjust so ...
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Can an EU member officially give up pursuing Euro/Eurozone?

I often see/hear in the media about joining Eurozone in my country (Romania). AFAIK criteria for joining this zone are mostly technical, namely convergence criteria which mostly seem to be related to: ...
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Why did the USA want to pull out of the nuclear deal with Iran?

Donald Trump has recently pulled US out of the Iran Nuclear deal: US President Donald Trump says he will withdraw the US from an Obama-era nuclear agreement with Iran. Calling it "decaying ...