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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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How can we define which EU countries are giving more power to regions? Which patterns are used to evaluate it?

It is common in Spain to say that the Autonomous communities have the highest level of autonomy among the European Union: they have a lot of power in the areas of taxes, laws, etc. I also heard about ...
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Why are demonstrations in the EU more violent and massive than in the US?

To be honest I haven't seen in the US a massive riots with burning cars, destroying McDonalds and flying Molotov cocktails like here: Athens War Zone: Latest dramatic footage of Syntagma square riots ...
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Which open source licenses have been tested in a US or EU court? [closed]

I'd like to know if there are any particular open source licenses or family of licenses that have been established in case law in the US or the European Union, and links to said case law if possible. ...
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How significant is social cohesion to long term economic growth?

The EU has a long track record of pushing for more social cohesion and the debate on a new round of cohesion policies is ongoing. Hopefully it will result in a cohesive set of guidelines for the 2014 -...
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How does the UK welfare system compare with other wealthy European nations?

Many citizens of the UK believe that the government are too much of a "soft touch", and that it is too easy to claim state welfare for a multitude of reasons (disability, housing, childcare, job ...
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What is the difference between EFTA and the EU?

In Iceland, which is an EFTA country, there is currently a debate raging about possibly joining the EU (and then adopting the Euro currency). Now one of the arguments put forward by those who are ...
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Why is North Korean Air Koryo banned from the European Union?

Air Koryo is currently banned from the European Union with the cited reason being safety. Yet Air Koryo had its last accident with fatalities in 1983 thus being one of the safeties air companies in ...
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What does European Union “freedom of movement” mean, and how much can individual countries restrict intra-EU immigration?

In recent years, France has embarked on a controversial program of expelling Roma people. The controversy is partly about the allegation that France expels people based on ethnic rather than legal ...
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Are there any truly EU-level political parties?

In the European Parliament, parties operate as groups of national parties, see e.g. current europarties. They don't take members and don't operate in countries where they don't have any membership ...
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What are the arguments against an EU style transaction tax on equity and derivative markets?

This week, the European Union voted to allow 11 member states to implement a transaction tax on all equity and derivative trades occurring on their stock exchanges. Under that plan, a 0.1% tax ...
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What are the political reasons for a strong Euroscepticism in Britain?

Britain is fairly heavily "Eurosceptic": Within Europe overall, a positive to neutral opinion of the EU dominated, with about 46% of citizens having a positive opinion and only 16% having a ...
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Do E.U. employees pay tax on their salaries?

Do they pay tax in Belgium, their country of origin or a special E.U. tax?
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Why does the EU keep Turkey out?

Turkey has applied for membership in the EU several times, but unlike Greece, it has never been admitted. What are the reasons that the EU has given for denying membership to this large and ...
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Is it possible to leave EU but remain in Eurozone, legally?

As to this comment: [I]s it possible to leave EU but remain in Eurozone, legally? Thanks @DVK for the question
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What would be the steps necessary for a country to leave the E.U.?

Given that there is (again) a debate going on whether the United Kingdom should remain in the E.U. or whether they should leave the Union, I was wondering what would be the steps necessary to be taken ...
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How is the European integration process similar to the creation of the United States?

What are the similarities and what are the major differences (economically, socially and culturally) between the current European integration process and the historical formation of the United States? ...
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Why three levels of territorial units in the NUTS?

The Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics is an EU standard which defines three levels of territorial units. Whether directly because of this or because of related regulations, Poland ...
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How to explain the E.U. to a 5 year-old

As the E.U. gets the Nobel Peace Price it would be interesting to have an explanation of the E.U. fitting to a 5 year-old. Is there anybody who can give such an explanation/description?
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What are the key factors for the rise of nationalism in Europe?

In the past decade there has been a constant rise of nationalism in European politics, with nationalist parties gaining popularity in almost every member of the European Union. The canonical example ...