Questions tagged [european-union]

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Why is visa-free travel such a big deal in politics?

There is currently a motion within the European Parliament to allow visa-free travel for Ukrainians. However for some reason I don't understand why it's such a big improvement - most Ukrainians who ...
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Would Theresa May's end of free-movement to European Migrants be against their Human Rights?

It has been written that Theresa May plans to end the free movement of European Migrants entering the UK permanently when Article 50 has been triggered. Because this date is before Britain leaves the ...
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How does the European Union objectively assess the level of corruption within a certain country?

During a meeting with the Romanian Prime Minister, following anti-corruption weakening trials, Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission said the following: I strongly ...
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Does Russia need Turkey to bring anti-regime forces to the negotiating table?

I was puzzled by the following sentence in an article titled Turkey’s snuggling up to Russia is likely to hurt it in the February 16th, 2017 print issue of The Economist: Russia needs Turkey to ...
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Can the same individual be MP in a national and the EU parliament?

Is it possible for the same person to simultaneously be a Member of Parliament in the European Parliament and in a national parliament? Are any people in both parliaments? Or are there regulations ...
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Brexit: leaving Customs Union and/or Single Market — what do these things really mean?

I recently got quite a long and detailed reply from my local MP, Rachael Maskell, who recently resigned as Shadow Environment Secretary due to her opposition to Brexit. The reply was to an email I ...
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Why is Iran buying passenger jets from USA and EU?

Source Interestingly, even after long sanctions and diplomatic melt down, they are buying 80 jets from USA (Boeing) and 50-60 jets from EU (Airbus). Why did Iran order jets from USA and EU when ...
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Can the European Union declare an individual persona non grata?

From The Guardian (emphasis mine): The European Parliament’s main political parties are making an unprecedented attempt to block Donald Trump’s likely choice as ambassador to the European Union (EU)...
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Brexit vote passes through The Commons

Alec Salmond just said in the commons that because the Brexit bill has passed its second reading without amendments that there will be no report stage and this would be the fastest passage for a bill ...
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How come that the most important countries in European Union have the largest number of pending infringements?

According to this source, the number of infringements of the "pivot countries" (France and Germany) are significantly larger than those of the newcomers such as Romania and Bulgaria. DE = 55 (entered ...
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Can European Union refuse a USA Ambassador proposal? If yes, who decides?

This article tells us about the likely EU ambassador, Ted Malloch's not so politically correct declarations about the European Union: Donald Trump's likely pick for ambassador to the European Union ...
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What are consequences an EU country can face when it makes very problematic changes to the Criminal Law?

On 31st of January 2017, Romanian Government has adopted a government (emergency) ordinance that changes a few articles in the Criminal Law: The Romanian Government’s emergency ordinance to change ...
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Why do the USA and the European Union treat GMOs so differently?

According to the sources cited within this paragraph, there is a scientific consensus that "currently available food derived from GM crops poses no greater risk to human health than conventional food, ...
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Why would nationalist parties in Europe meet each other?

Following this meeting in Koblenz, I was wondering why the leaders of nationalist parties in Europe are getting along. In this case, Marine Le Pen (France), Geert Wilders (Netherlands), Frauke Petry (...
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Will English be dropped as an official/working language of the EU after Brexit?

English is currently one of the 24 official languages of the European Union (EU), and one of the three “working” languages alongside French and German. Will the United Kingdom leaving the EU (Brexit) ...
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If a Brexit deal fails, is there a default fallback regarding movement of people?

The UK government has announced it will leave the EU Single Market. We have been told that unless the UK negotiates a specific trade deal with the EU, trade rules will automatically fall back to WTO ...
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What are the consequences of having a name on a European joint resolution?

I'd like to know what is the meaning of the names in the European joint resolutions such us this one. Cristian Dan Preda, Elmar Brok... and many other EU politcians seem to have signed this document. ...
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Taking over cellphone when texting while driving [closed]

The following appeared on the national news site of the Netherlands this morning: Minister Schultz zint op maatregelen om te voorkomen dat een automobilist onder het rijden kan appen of sms'en. De ...
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Why did Chancellor Merkel invite just five European leaders to Berlin at “Obama's final day in Berlin”?

Chancellor Merkel held talks with US and European leaders in Berlin. Anyway, from a politico-economic union of 28 member states, just the representatives of 5 were invited. Did her office give an ...
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Why were European organisations named so ambiguously and confusingly?

Why weren't the European institutions beneath named more contrastively? Thir ambiguity is obvious, and bewilders laypeople. Some examples: The European Council belongs to the EU, but Council of ...
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When the UK parliament passed the 2016 EU referendum, did MPs support a 50% threshold?

Quoth AC Grayling, writing in The New European in October: This is a key matter. If the 2015 Bill been expressly offered as binding Parliament and Government to the referendum outcome, there would ...
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Eurozone countries surpassing their allowable deficit of 3% GDP

What happens when a eurozone country breaks EU fiscal rules that limit the allowable deficit to 3% of GDP?
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What will be the process and timescale for this proposal on retention of EU citizenship by UK nationals to be considered?

I just spotted this interesting article about an amendment proposed by the Luxembourger MEP Charles Goerens to the EU Committee on Constitutional Affairs to allow individual Brits an opt-in to keep EU ...
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How many people were barred from participating in the 2016 EU referendum because they lived outside the UK?

In the UK's 2016 EU referendum, UK citizens that have lived outside of the UK for 15 years or more were not allowed to vote. The Guardian, April 2016 How many people were barred from participating ...
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Can the UK sabotage EU agreements prior to article 50

Looking at how Belgium prevented the EU from having a trade deal with Canada, suppose the next trade deal with the US is to be signed after article 50 was invoked- could the UK prevent such a deal ...
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Why UK, Canada, Australia and NZ would not want to build a free movement union like EU? [closed]

In modern world large economies have advantages (bargaining power, unified standards, and many more) and this is one of the main reasons why EU has been created. Now when Britain is leaving the EU ...
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Would the Spanish People's Party have the capacity to veto Scotland's entry to the EU while governing in minority?

In the UK, the issue of Scottish independence has again become topical, as the Scottish National Party (SNP) have recently published a draft referendum bill (on the 20th of October 2016). One ...
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Which currency is used to set UK contributions to the EU?

In the recent referendum, one major discussion point was the UK contributions to the EU, which were widely (and falsely) claimed to be £350 million per week. Image source Since then, the UK pound ...
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Is there a way for Germans to initiate closing of the borders?

Imagine a large group of German citizens wants to stop Germany from accepting refugees. Are there any legal options for them to enact this? Can they, for example, initiate a referendum on whether ...
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What effect did Greece being a member of the EU have on its debt crisis?

What effect did Greece being a member of the EU have on its debt crisis? The impression I got was that it limited what options it had, such as not being able to default on its debts. Is this accurate?...
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Could the British government un-trigger Article 50?

At some point, probably early in 2017, the British Prime Minster is likely to trigger Article 50. A number of expert commentators and a large proportion of the British public still believe that it is ...
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Could the foreign investor protection of TTIP lead to a migration of businesses to the other signatory party?

I am not familiar with the legal structure of the investor protection provisions foreseen in TTIP, but this is an idea that crossed my mind. These provisions basically give foreign businesses the ...
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If the UK were under a trade agreement like the CETA with the EU, would EDF have the possibility to sue the UK government over Hinkley Point?

With the CETA, foreign corporations can sue states before arbitral tribunals. Mainly if there is loss in the balance due to government decisions. If the UK were under such a trade agreement with the ...
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What is the interest of the Turkish government in pushing for visa-free travel to the EU?

In the recent spat between Turkey and the EU, the Turkish government has been (or at least that's the impression I've been getting from the reporting of the issue) pushing very hard for the visa-free ...
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Percentage of European terrorists who are refugees

What percentage of terrorists in the recent attacks in Europe have ever held the refugee immigration status in any EU country? I am primarily interested in the data for the last 3 years or so. Any ...
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Is it politically likely that the US and UK will ease bilateral immigration following the UK's withdrawal from the EU? [closed]

Gigi Hadid has recently said that the U.K. should change its immigration system, with it being unfriendly to Americans who want to emigrate there. She complained how Americans can't come to the U.K. ...
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Where can I find information on the Troika? [closed]

I am particularly interested in information on the Troika which may be useful to a UK politician (they are running on a platform that's explicitly anti-Troika, but I want them to present them with ...
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Would an EU wide referendum/plebiscite on e.g. TTIP possible?

I'm curious if it would be possible to start a referendum in all EU member states about implementing TTIP or not. E.g: Let's say, a 1 million big group of people across different EU states would have ...
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What does it mean to be OUT of the European Union?

If, as seems likely, Britain ends up remaining inside the single market, continues to accept mobility of labour (involving 300,000 plus immigrants per year), continues to pay about £1.56 per head per ...
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What are the regional legislative parliaments in the EU that can veto treaties such as CETA, TTIP, or (later) the Brexit agreement?

On 5 July 2016, the European Commission announced that the ratification of the CETA agreement between Canada and the EU will involve ratification by national parliaments. The German newspaper TAZ ...
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EU membership for countries split off when a former EU member breaks up?

Let's say an EU country breaks up (peacefully). The type of breakup Czechoslovakia, or USSR had. Would any and all newly formed countries need to go through a formal EU application and new joiner ...
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Why is the EU wishing to punish the UK instead of listening their detractors and seeking dialogue? [closed]

The European Union has a certain number of flaws, many of which make citizens of member states unhappy. Normally in a democratic system, the majority tries to listen to the minority and do compromises....
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What is the reason that so many countries left EFTA to join the EU and very few (none?) went the other way?

What is the reason that so many countries left EFTA to join the EU and very few (none?) went the other way?
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Is the February deal Cameron made with the EU already voided?

Is the February deal Cameron made with the EU already voided by the EU Referendum negative Vote? And if so, how did they implement such an mechanism in the contracts?
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Which EU laws are commonly claimed to be detrimental to the UK?

Among pro-Brexit voters there seems to be a belief that many of the EU laws are silly or otherwise bad for the UK. There is a partial list of myths surrounding bad EU legislation which covers some of ...
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Why do other countries in the EU care so strongly that the UK accepts free movement of people?

It is often reported in the press that the UK will not be able to arrange a new trade deal with the EU without accepting the free movement of labor. Why is this the case: What do other countries gain ...
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What are the UK's “constitutional requirements” for Article 50 notification of withdrawal from EU?

Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty says: Any Member State may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements. What are the UK's constitutional ...
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Is joining the Schengen area a prerequisite for the UK to rejoin EFTA?

If the UK leaves the EU but wants to retain access to the European market, one way for that to happen would be via rejoining the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) (link). An application to rejoin ...
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Which are more numerous in the EU? Native English speakers or native French speakers?

Which one is more numerous in the EU (minus the UK)? native English speakers or native French speakers ? After Brexit, what will be the main language of the EU? Would it be one? Or more than one?
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Could someone running to replace Cameron as PM just pledge not implement Brexit vote result as part of their platform?

Could someone running to replace Cameron as PM just pledge not implement Brexit vote result as part of their platform? The Brexit vote is non-binding, so wouldn't a PM candidate campaigning with the ...