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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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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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Is there a date (before 29 Mar 2019) when a hard Brexit is inevitable?

Obviously, if there is no agreement between the UK and the EU on 29 Mar 2019 then a no deal Brexit will occur. It is my understanding that any agreement (or article 50 withdrawal) that is negotiated ...
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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 ...
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Is it customary for European Union to debate multiannual budget before agreeing on the grand strategy for the next 10 years?

European Union recently has had grand 10-year strategies - Lisbon strategy for 2000-2010 and Europe 2020 for 2010-2020. Now the debates have started about next multiannual budget for 2021-2027 but I ...
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Why does EU seem to disfavor e-books when compared to physical books?

According to this article EU court decided that e-books should not benefit from tax reductions that are applied to physical books: E-books must be subject to the full rate of value-added tax (VAT), ...
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Have any countries announced that they would refuse to enforce GDPR regulations?

Given that enforcing GDPR outside of the EU would require international cooperation it is completely possible for a country to announce they would never enforce it within their own territory. Have ...
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What is the total estimated cost of complying with GDPR?

All companies, charities, websites, NGOs and even government entities in Europe are scrambling to begin complying with GDPR. It seems that pretty much anyone who as much as stores a list of customer ...
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How are GDPR fines actually enforced for US companies with no physical presence in the EU?

GDPR is a hot topic since it will start being enforced from 25 May 2018. One of the most important characteristics of this regulation is that it also applies to companies outside the EU: A major ...
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Why does EU Commission seem to allow quite different Russia gas prices for EU members?

According to Telegraph (an account is required to read the whole article), Gazprom seemed to have created an important pressure by using different gas prices for different EU countries: Vladimir ...
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How close is the EU to achieving a fully unified market?

The original goal of the EU was to fully unify its members' markets to achieve a situation where all trade barriers are eliminated. As of 2018, how close is the EU to achieving that goal, according to ...
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Why don't anti-EU politicians campaign for the EU parliament in order to change the EU from within?

As an example, there are frequent complaints about how the EU is introducing weird legislation such as the "banana law" or the infamous "cookie law", or about how its "undemocratic", or about how it ...
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Why wouldn't EU recommend Baltic states and Ukraine to give Russian language the official status?

As known, Russian language is widely spoken in states of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, which are EU members, and Ukraine, which has signed the association with EU, being native up to 50% of citizens by ...
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Why does taxation of big tech companies seem so problematic?

According to this Fortune article, The European Commission is making steps towards "normalizing" taxation for tech companies: The European Commission wants to see big tech firms pay a 3% tax on ...
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Are checks for heavy metals, asbestos and such mandatory when certifying for “EU Organic?”

I wonder what kind of checks they have to make when testing products for organic certification. Does it include testing for heavy metals, asbestos, arsenic, etc.? P.S. I apologize if this is the ...
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Why is there so little support for the Minority SafePack in Western European countries, despite them supposedly being pro-multiculturalism?

In many countries in Western Europe, there is often a rhetoric about how much multiculturalism and diversity is valued, and in the meantime countries in Eastern Europe are often labeled as being too ...
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Is it something usual for a government to issue official letters that are slightly different when written in different languages?

Recently, the Romanian Prime Minister sent a letter to President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, asking him to clarify “the de facto and de jure aspects” related to an older letter ...
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Which EU countries prohibit electoral riggers for holding leadership positions (political and/or within public administration)?

At the end of February 2018, Romanian General Prosecutor talked about the so called Troesmis Constitution (source in Romanian, approximate translation below): He will not become a dignitary, a duke,...
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Why is EU so prolific with its regulations? [closed]

There seems to be a broad eurosceptic mood across Europe. Much of the anger at the EU is expressed in frustration at various EU regulations. There seems to be a risk of disintegration of the EU. If ...
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Is the UK EU membership bill paid in GBP or EUR?

Is the UK EU membership bill paid in GBP or EUR? If it is paid in euros, is this not inefficient because eventual credits (eg development funds) will need to be converted back into sterling, so a ...
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Please check my maths with respect to UK EU funding

I am attempting to determine whether Common External Tariff Customs duties are included in the widely circulated (in the UK) figure of around £8 billion net. Using the sources listed below I have ...
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Does stopping metal imports alone cover the trade deficit of the USA?

This article argues a possible trade war that might start as a consequence to steel tariff: Appearing at a joint press conference in the White House, Mr Trump was asked how he would avoid his ...