Questions tagged [european-union]

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Can European Union Commissioners be members of political parties?

Can European Union Commissioners be members of political parties, or must they resile their memberships of such groups?
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The European Commission proposal to end the veto on tax policy

The European Commission has announced its plan to scrap the member state veto on tax policy. This was immediately rejected by Ireland, a country whose economic model is backed by tax-haven status. ...
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How is fishing in the European Union structured?

As an island in the Atlantic the UK has the right to fish large swathes of ocean off its coast: a 200 nautical mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ). I think this is how it works inside the EU: the UK ...
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Why does France have systematic difficulties in obtaining a budget deficit below 3%?

According to this article France plans for a budget deficit slightly over the EU allowed limit of 3%: France's budget deficit is likely to overshoot the European Union's limit of 3 percent of GDP ...
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Why doesn't the U.K. just revoke its Article 50 withdrawal?

Appreciating that it would be extremely politically unpopular, are there any policy reasons why a PM wouldn't just revoke the withdrawal, unilaterally cancelling Brexit?
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Did the Lisbon Treaty to some degree encode directives that were already in effect, and simply move them into treaty law?

As I understand it, the Lisbon Treaty ammended the two core treaties of the European Union: the Treaty on European Union (TEU), and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). Did the ...
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What is the reform mechanism of the European Union?

What is the reform mechanism of the European Union? Is there a process built-in to the design of the EU to enable reform?
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Who voted for anonymity in the vote on transparency in the European Parliament?

Today the 31st of January 2019 there was a vote in the European Parliament on the topic of transparency with regards to contacts with lobbyists (link in swedish). This vote was decided to be cast ...
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Has there been a decline in EU-skepticism since Brexit?

I have seen people (including actual politicians) state that since Brexit, the skepticism against the EU amongst member-nations has fallen, possibly due to what a fiasco Brexit has actually turned out ...
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Are EU Parliament speeches re-translated to minimize “lost in translation”?

According to this article a Romanian minister speech was particularly hard to translate, so the various (real-time?) translations were quite different: English Let me tell you that the fact that I ...
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EU plans for UK-Ireland border in case of no-deal brexit

Seeing how a no-deal brexit seems more likely than ever before, has the EU presented any plans for the UK-Ireland border in case of a no-deal brexit? I am particularly interested in plans by the EU ...
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Why does the UK have to pay EU staff pensions if the EU have been collecting pensions contributions? [duplicate]

Why does the UK have to pay EU staff pensions if the EU have been collecting pensions contributions?
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Is Turkey in “the” EU Customs Union?

Is Turkey in “the” EU Customs Union or in a bilateral customs union with the EU?
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Have the UK Government reached an agreement with the EU on flights in a no deal scenario?

Have the UK Government reached an agreement with the EU on commercial UK <-> EU flights in a no deal scenario?
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How much authority did EU member governments give to the EU during the negotiations of the JCPOA?

The EU was a key element in the negotiation of the Obama-era "Iran nuclear deal." How did this work with respect member state governments? Did member states choose to delegate responsibility for ...
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Did any EU27 politician oppose appointing Barnier as Brexit negotiator for the EU?

Michel Barnier is the European Chief Negotiator for the United Kingdom Exiting the European Union and represents the EU27 in the Brexit negotiations between the UK and the EU27. Given how the EU27 ...
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Why does the Common Agricultural Policy exist?

The Common Agricultural Policy is a system of state grants to farmers in the EU. Why do farms warrant public funding in this way? Isn’t this, in effect a form of protectionism?
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Does the 1997 FTA between the EU and Mexico reduce tariffs to zero, or simply agree to reciprocity?

Does the 1997 FTA between the EU and Mexico reduce tariffs to zero, or simply agree to reciprocity? I ask because a modernised version of the agreement is being finalised that “scrap high Mexican ...
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Is there a way to see a list of amendments to a proposed directive?

I would like to identify how Article 13 of the proposed Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market 2016/0280(COD) has changed over time. Is there a way to see this?
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Does extending Article 50 legally require a new set date?

If the United Kingdom chose to apply for a delay to Article 50, must they set a new (target) date in order to do so? Or could the UK suspend postpone Article 50 until further notice / indefinitely, ...
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Are EFTA migration rules substantively different to EU migration rules?

Are EFTA migration rules substantively different to EU migration rules? IIUC freedom of movement applies per a definition in the EFTA Convention but Directive 2004/38/EC (the full EU FOM directive) ...
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Pensions of British EU Civil Service in Theresa May's brexit deal

Back in 2016, there was disagreement over who would foot the bill for pensions paid out to British members of EU Civil Service. Normally, they would get their pensions from the EU, but due to brexit ...
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Would the UK have to pay anything to the EU in case of a no-deal Brexit?

The EU was very insistent on the UK paying back its obligations to the EU after leaving the Union, as a condition for negotiating a favorable trade deal. But would the UK have to pay back anything if ...
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Would it be illegal for the UK to negotiate a trade deal with the EU while still a member?

Would it be illegal for the UK to negotiate a trade deal with the EU while still a member? Or is it the signing of trade deals that is prohibited, and negotiation is permitted?
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Is gun control in line with EU's principle of subsidiarity?

On a lecture, I've heard the EU institutions don't have the right to change laws already in place in the member states, so I tried to investigate what could it relate to and found that the principle ...
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Is the GUE-NGL unwilling to advise against Brexit? If so, why?

130 of the eighth and current European Parliament's 751 members have signed a letter urging the UK to reconsider its decision to withdraw from the EU. All are members of EPP, S&D, ALDE or Greens-...
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Is it possible for the UK to be a member of the EFTA and CPTPP simultaneously?

Theoretically, is there any law or arrangement that would prevent the UK from being part of the European Free Trade Association and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific ...
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Will the UK still have to pay the EU under No-Deal Brexit?

It is expected that the U.K. will have to pay around £35 billion for its ongoing obligations if it leaves the EU with the currently proposed deal. I have heard both politicians and members of the ...
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Why doesn't the EU collectively establish taxation based on profits gained in a country?

As I understand it, the problem with corporations taxation is there are international agreements countries would not tax products in the country where the enterprise isn't registered. So wouldn't it ...
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Could the government eliminate poverty? [closed]

Supposedly public education is necessary. Here is a breakdown of all european government spending https://tradingeconomics.com/european-union/government-spending-to-gdp https://www.economicshelp.org/...
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Can the UK deal selectively with Ireland post-Brexit without falling afoul of WTO rules?

A major obstacle in the Brexit negotiation process currently is the issue of the Irish border. All available options seem insufficient to some or all of the negotating partners, as detailed in this ...
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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? [closed]

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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If the UK leaves the EU but joins the EEA, what happens to non-EU trade?

If the UK joins the EEA but leaves the EU, I understand it will have free trade with the EU via EFTA. What about trade with all the non-EU countries? I understand that the UK would not benefit from ...
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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”? [closed]

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 ...