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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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Where can I find a list of GMO foods that are allowed to be grown or imported to Europe?

I want to learn about GMO products that could be sold or cultivated in the European Union. Is there a list of GMO foods that are allowed to be imported or grown in EU countries?
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Why does the EU limit its membership to countries in geographical Europe?

The rules for EU membership require that the country in question is located in geographical Europe - for this reason Morocco's application was denied a few decades ago and even Israel cannot apply ...
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Who gets the funds raised by tariffs levied at the edges of the European Customs Union?

The European Union Customs Union has a Common External Tariff. A tax on imports. Who is the recipient of the funds raised by this tax? A country outside of the European Union Customs Union may levy ...
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How to find vote breakdown for EU Parliament voting a non-binding resolution to support the Commission’s tough stance towards Poland?

According to this article, on 1st of March 2018, there was a vote in EU Parliament related to supporting a non-binding resolution to support the Commission’s tough stance towards Poland. The ...
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Have any EU countries (or EU as whole) banned Russian Vodka?

I have recently noticed an increase of Vodka advertising in my country and I remember that there were some discussions within EU about banning some Russian products. According to this article, back ...
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Why is it impossible to leave the Single Market without a hard Irish border?

I see a repeated assumption that puzzles me. From another well asked and answered question: On one hand it is impossible for the UK to leave the Single Market while maintaining an open border with ...
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Can the EU suspend the voting rights for two countries at once?

According to Deutsche Welle the European Parliament backed the EU Commission in triggering article 7 against Poland: The European Parliament has backed a resolution supporting a recommendation ...
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Could the EU rewrite Article 50 in an attempt to make it more difficult for the UK to Brexit?

The scenario I am about to offer is very particular. Suppose that the UK is running out of time before Brexit Day and doesn't have a deal signed with the EU - or an extension of time from the EU with ...
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What do the EU courts say about the PKK?

I was just reading this article by the Telegram which says, The Court of First Instance (CFI), the EU’s second-highest court, said the EU had not properly justified its decision at the time. [...] “...
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British tax havens and the EU post Brexit

As far as I understand, the Channel Islands are more or less the personal property of the British Royal House, and are member of EU's common market by proxy of UK's EU membership, as the Channel ...
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Can law be passed in the EU that the UK does not want?

IIUC, the Commission proposes laws, that are then voted on in the Parliament by a simple majority of hands. Seats in the Parliament are allocated on the basis of number of member residents. At any ...
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Who can decide a major restructuring of debt in European Union?

Looking at the evolution of Greece government debt/GDP one can see that it is still at a very high level. (however, the forecast indicates a positive trend). According to Wikipedia's article on the ...
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Why does EU invest in adherence of countries with very low chances of becoming EU members?

According to Wikipedia, The European Parliament supports Republic of Moldova's integration in European Union: The European Parliament passed a resolution in 2014 stating that "in accordance with ...
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Were there any cases when EU country officials accused European Commission of not being informed properly on some matters?

In the recent months Romanian authorities initiated a legislative process for significantly changing some juridical laws leading to protests and also important disapproval messages from European Union ...
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Can a political ally provide political asylum?

According to the Lovin Malta Maria Efimova applied for a political asylum in an unknown country. Can a country provide asylum to a person from a friendly country even though the actions of the person ...
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Are Japan's Prime Minister visits in Eastern Europe and Economic Partnership Agreement related to US withdrawal from Trans-Pacific Partnership?

Japan's Prime Minister has visited several countries in the Eastern Europe: Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe returned from an official visit to Romania, wrapping up a five-day tour of three ...
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Why have the states of Greece and Macedonia failed to solve the naming dispute after so many years?

The Macedonia naming dispute has been going on for decades, with severe political and economic consequences for both countries. But it seems that a solution like naming the country e.g. "Northern ...
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Why does the Romanian prime minister's death threat against a national minority elicit so little reaction in the EU?

The European Union is renowned that it takes human rights seriously, and it condemns racism and hate speech. However, when the Romanian prime minister recently threatened the Hungarian minority in ...
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To what extent can a member of the EU limit certain rights to its citizens only?

For example, if country X is about to offer free, universal healthcare to it citizens; is it possible to limit this right only to citizens, and exclude residents from other member states?
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Can an EU country government extend exception list for freedom of expression?

By the end of 2017, a Romanian NGO financed some banners that can be easily interpreted as against vaccination (like this one - the first line says "vaccines are not safe"). According to this article,...
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Are there any advantages for an EU member when ensuring presidency of the Council?

According to this article, the presidency of the Council rotates among the EU member states every 6 months. Various obligations are also presented there. It also present the country list for the near ...
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Can EU triggering of article 7 eventually lead to financial loss (EU funds) for the targeted country?

Recently, European Commission has triggered article 7 against Poland: The European Commission, the guardian of EU law, said earlier Wednesday it was triggering the so-called Article 7 procedure ...
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Can the UK realistically back out of Brexit?

Note: this is not a question about whether Brexit is a good or bad thing. Keep answers impartial please. It is quite obvious that the current British government negotiating Brexit terms has a very ...
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Difference in Brexit terms

What is the difference between hard and soft Brexit? Is it only economic related affair or does it also pertain to trade and other sectors? Is it only the PM of the UK who decides whether it will be a ...
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Without the DUP would May have accepted regulatory divergence between NI and the mainland? [closed]

It was reported at the beginning of the week that the DUP stepped in to veto a deal being made with the European Union whereby the UK government would commit to keeping the regulatory environment in ...
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Does the UK-EU Joint Report essentially remove any leverage the UK has in further negotiations?

This morning a joint report was issued from the Brexit negotiations which satisfied the Irish government and the DUP on border progress, and by extension the EU that discussion could now progress to a ...
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Has any EU directive related to “solidarity tax” been discussed and approved after 2015?

According to this article, Romanian finance minister justified a "solidarity tax" by existence of a European Directive that forces the state to implement such a tax: The minister announced on ...
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Has Facebook’s (or other social network) block policy been abused to limit freedom of expression inside EU?

On 26th of November, another important (more than 10K protesters) anti-government protest took place in Bucharest. This looked like a regular protest for 2017, but this one had something peculiar: ...
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Are there any examples of politicians within EU countries that have been elected after being convicted?

On several occasions there were serious discussions if a person is politically eligible if he/she has been finally convicted (final decision). The typical example is the current (2017) Romanian ...
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Was Germany's decision about Glyphosat in November 2017 relevant?

I see in the news that Germany's Minister of Food and Agriculture Christian Schmidt voted with yes for Glyphosat, although he should have abstained, because of a dissent in the grand coalition. My ...
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How many adult EU citizens living in the UK were excluded from the 2016 EU referendum?

How many EU citizens who were resident in the UK at the time, were excluded from the 2016 EU referendum specifically because they did not have British/Irish/Cypriot/Maltese citizenship? (Not ...
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How was European Medicines Agency's new location actually decided?

According to this article written several weeks before the actual voting process, Amsterdam (the winner) was already among the favorite cities to host EMA: A survey by the EMA asked staff to give ...
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Does presumption of innocence work differently for politicians?

According to this EU press release, EU strengthens right to the presumption of innocence: On 12 February 2016, the Council adopted a directive on the strengthening of certain aspects of the ...
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Why are the Brexit trade talks held up by the divorce talks?

In order to provide certainty for businesses and bureacrats, to a layman it appears practical for Britain to carry out trade talks with the European Union in parallel with the divorce talks. Yet the ...
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What is the difference between federalism and intergovernmentalism in the context of the EU?

I get really confused about the difference, it has something to do with the division of sovereignty & power I think and I can't really find a clear answer on the internet.
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Why don't people pay some tax to the country where they were raised? [closed]

In most countries, public primary and secondary education is free. If later the thus raised people leave the country to work abroad, then this is economically quite disadvantageous to the home country....
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How much can an EU member delay implementing a directive in its national legislation?

I have recently watched an interview with Ana GOMES about how Portugal ended the bearer shares (besides other changes) as a result of implementing the 4th EU Anti-Money Laundering Directive. This is ...
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Why are Romania's and Bulgaria's reasons for postponing entering the Schengen area considered non-technical?

Some Romanian politicians (example) argue that the country should be within the Schengen area. I do not know exactly for Bulgaria, but for Romania I have heard on multiple occasions that it obeys ...
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In what way(s) does Brussels “act as a bully”?

On last night's news I heard Nigel Farage say the Britain should "not give in to Brussels because Brussels was a bully, and you shouldn't give in to bullies". By "Brussels" he clearly means the EU ...
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Can catalans lose EU/Spanish citizenship if Catalonia is independence? [closed]

I was reading the answers of What's will be like a viable and legal roadmap to Catalonian independence? and one of them says: -If the vote to leave is over 50%, then the process for creating a ...
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What is the nature of “Brexit negotiations”?

What is the nature of "Brexit negotiations"? Currently, the extent to which the majority of people know what is going on with Brexit is that there are "negotiations" and "talks" taking place, but ...
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Why did Visegrád Group members ask for warranties for their countries participation in EU future discussions?

According to this source (original in Romanian, could not find a better one, yet), Visegrád Group members asked Donald Tusk to not exclude their countries from EU discussions about its future (...
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Why does a country have to pay a fee to leave the EU? [duplicate]

In the current Brexit negotiation process. It seems that the United Kingdom will have to pay some kind of fee or 'divorce bill' as some are calling it, to the EU before they can leave. Jean-Claude ...
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Would a Catalan secession from Spain spark whole new borders in Europe? [closed]

If the Catalan government decides to call for independence later today, would the EU have to recognize Catalonia as an independent country? The U.K. can't veto this decision because of Brexit, and no ...
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Why doesn't the EU have a single top-most level representative?

A famous quote is often mis-attributed to Henry Kissinger on the topic of the European Union: Who do I call if I want to call Europe? 40 years after Kissinger left his position as Secretary of ...
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Why is it so important for a non-EUR EU member to adopt EUR currency? [duplicate]

I live in a non-EUR EU member (Romania) and I keep hearing for several years about the aim for EUR adoption. Technically, there are several criteria (EUR convergence criteria) that must be met in ...
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Can Spain be suspended from the EU?

Catalonia held a referendum for independence. The police threatened and attacked the citizens of Spain/Catalonia. Article 7 says that if a country violates the rights of their citizens they could be ...
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Why would it be considered advantageous to negotiate ones own trade treaties?

As the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, there is debate as to whether the UK should remain in the EU Customs Union (or in a bilateral customs union with the EU, which I believe is almost the ...
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Why is the FDP seen by some as a risk for the EU?

I am reading some (opinion) pieces (another one, from here) (and fragments on twitter, eg one, two) from economists that expect the Freie Demokratische Partei's (FDP) policies to be a risk for the ...
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Can EU countries establish free trade agreements with the UK post Brexit? [duplicate]

Can EU countries establish free trade agreements with the UK post Brexit? If the UK wants free trade (that is, non tariff, non import duty trade) post Brexit with a country that is in the EU such as ...