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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/will the EU respond to Boris Johnson's three letters? [on hold]

In the words of the Guardian, The prime minister sent a total of three letters: an unsigned photocopy of the request he was obliged to send under the Benn Act, an explanatory letter from the UK’...
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Could the EU call bluff Turkish threat to send 3.6 milion refugees?

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened Europe with a flood of refugees on Thursday if the continent’s leaders call the Turkish invasion of Syria an “occupation.” “We will open the ...
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Why did the EU agree with a Stormont vote when the Assembly might not even meet?

The breaking news seems to be that Boris Johnson has struck a new deal with the EU. But the DUP is not on board. One interesting aspect is that Northern Ireland representatives will be able to ...
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Why is the population of post-Soviet states declining?

After the fall of the Soviet Union, many modern European states gain independence: the Baltic republics, Ukraine, Belarus. But there is something common among nearly all of them: their populations ...
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What exactly did the Brexit Party gain in the 2019 EU parliament election?

The UK is leaving the European Union soon and Theresa May failed to deliver the Brexit as promised, mainly because she could not get her deal approved by the UK parliament. Under these circumstances, ...
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Would the USA be eligible to join the European Union?

This question is motivated by the interesting answers given in a similar question on Russia. Let's imagine the USA leaders would want to join the European Union, would they be eligible? There are two ...
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Customs checks and Brexit

The UK Government has recently been reiterating that customs checks will not be located at or near the North/South Irish border. But the Withdrawal Agreement treaty (Article 184) commits the UK to ...
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Why is Brexit considered so bad for the EU?

From a non-British POV, the news about the UK considering leaving EU is almost unanimous about Brexit being bad for the EU. What are the most important reasons why it would hurt the EU? The reasons ...
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Policing would-be immigrants away from rich countries borders: US vs EU

Apparently the EU has been increasingly conditioning funding of various programs in Africa on African countries stopping would-be immigrants to Europe far away from the actual EU borders. I've also ...
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Does the new EU-Swiss draft deal contain explicit provisions on immigration quotas?

An article in Thelocal.ch says that negotiations on the new draft EU-Swiss deal were spurred by the 2014-2017 Swiss imposition of immigration quotas. (The dates refer to the decision(s), not to the ...
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How does the opposition to quotas for refugees policies from certain EU countries coexist with the EU “free movement of people inside EU” policies?

As far as I know, the European Union is a political and economic union of 28 member states that are located primarily in Europe. The EU has developed an internal single market through a ...
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Can the UK veto its own extension request?

Every member of the EU has to agree any extension to article 50. Does this mean the UK PM could (technically) use his vote in the European Council to veto his own request for an extension?
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Can the UK vote against a Brexit extension? [duplicate]

There is a situation now where the British PM may be forced by the U.K. parliament against his will to ask for a Brexit extension past October. I know all the EU countries have to agree to allow an ...
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How does the Trump administration justify tariffs on luxury goods?

This question recently asked about the justification for steel import tariffs against China - specifically on the grounds of national security. The answer is through, but also carries the implication ...
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Why did the EU threaten to retaliate over Airbus-related tariffs even after they were allowed by the WTO?

I'm probably missing something in the long saga of the Airbus-Boeing WTO complaints, but today the BBC reported that: The US has been given the go-ahead to impose tariffs on $7.5bn (£6.1bn) of ...
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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 are the EU's consumer protection regulations so detailed?

EU's financial regulations seem to include rules detailing how bank systems should operate down to the smallest details, for example: The maximum time without activity by the payer after being ...
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Can the European Commission president reject a candidate because of his/her gender not matching the global division between genders?

Just caught a glimpse of a bunch of reporters asking an ex Romanian Minister (Dan Nica) a few questions related to nomination as EU Commissioners. Besides a few questions related to an old ...
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Brexit, why is this so complicated? [duplicate]

Despite of probably having an overly broad question and a simplistic view: Everytime I read about the British politics these days, I wonder, what is all the fuss about Brexit about? They had a vote, ...
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What parts of EU law impose that the EU cannot consider an extension/delay request not coming from the PM?

A recent article quotes Boris Johnson as saying "The EU is obliged by EU law only to negotiate with member state governments, they cannot negotiate with Parliament, and this government will not ...
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What specific measures has Turkey taken to stem the flow of refugees to the EU?

After the Cyprus gas spat this summer, in which the EU imposed some financial sanctions on Turkey, the latter has suspended the "readmission" protocol of Syrian refugees agreed with the EU in 2016. ...
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Do all EU treaties cease to apply on exit day if no agreement is reached?

Article 50 TEU says: The Treaties shall cease to apply to the State in question from the date of entry into force of the withdrawal agreement or, failing that, two years after the notification ...
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What would the EU’s position be with respect to a United Ireland?

During the Scottish referendum of 2013, it was made clear that the United Kingdom is a member of the European Union and any part of the UK seceding from it would be treated as a 3rd country, and would ...
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Why wasn't the supremacy of EU law codified?

Robert Schütze. European Union Law 2 ed. 2018. p. 121.       When the Union was born, the European Treaties did not expressly state the supremacy of European law.8 8The 2004 ...
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Are EU treaties agreed between member states or between member states and the EU?

Are EU treaties agreed between member states or between member states and the EU? Is the EU a sovereign entity in and of itself?
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If the Benn Act effectively prevents a no deal exit on October 31st, why delay a general election? [duplicate]

The European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019 (the "Benn Act") effectively prevents a no-withdrawal-agreement Brexit on October 31st. The Remain side are currently refusing to permit Boris Johnson ...
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If the EU does not offer an extension to UK's Article 50 invocation, is the Benn Bill irrelevant?

My understanding of the Benn Bill is that it only compels the PM to request an extension and what must be done if an extension is granted. If an extension isn't granted, is it true that neither the ...
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Is there special legislation in EU law to permit free ports?

Is there special legislation in EU law to permit free ports, or are they implicitly permitted on the basis that goods become subject to tariffs as soon as they exit the port into the member state?
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What are examples of EU policies that are beneficial for one EU country, disadvantagious for another? [closed]

The EU establishes policies every of its member has to/should abide. Without doubt many of these are well intended. Without doubt the EU promotes peace, security, economical stability and a series of ...
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Why is the Common Agricultural Policy unfavourable to the UK?

It's often said that the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is disadvantage to Britain, from the Guardian: Britain’s withdrawal from the EU’s common agricultural policy (CAP) provides one of the ...
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Have the EU countries been diverging economically for the past two decades, despite rules convergence?

By divergence or convergence I don't mean in terms of rules, they clearly have been trying to converge in those terms. But was that fast enough to translate into economic convergence? I mean, have the ...
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What happened to “Mobility Package 1” (new EU lorry driver regulations)?

After many news pieces covering protest of Eastern EU firms/drivers and some on subsequent parliamentary exhortations, I can't figure out what if anything was adopted from "Mobility Package 1" and if ...
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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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What should you tell to your german Teacher about Brexit in the political subject? [duplicate]

I'm in grade 10 of German School right now and we have a new subject at school named 'Sozialkunde' (also 'Politik und Gesellschaft'), and yet I've never been reading newspapers like for real. I don't ...
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How can we apply the Bundestag election model to European elections? (model building)

I have looked into electoral systems and am trying to build a model of what the 2019 EU election would have looked like if it had used the Bundestag election system. Disclaimer: I am fully aware ...
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Why is the UK still pressing on with Brexit?

Before Monday I have always taken an impartial stance when ingesting information produced by clearly pro-Leave and pro-Remain groups, to analyze the information and take time to cross-reference it ...
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What's the point in holding a second Brexit referendum?

Closely related to: What would be the subject of a second Brexit Referendum? Currently, there is discussion about a possible second referendum fueled by Labour, and there seems to be the publicly ...
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Brexit, EU tax evasion regulation, and the City of London

Articles (such as this one published by Foreign Policy and this one by BBC) and documentaries (such as 2017 film "The Spider's Web" described here) detail the history and extent of Britain’s "Empire ...
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On what principle did UK seize an Iranian oil tanker? Is there no right of passage for third countries?

In July 2019, the United Kingdom seized an oil tanker carrying oil from Iran to Syria. Reportedly, this is to enforce EU sanctions against Syria. But neither Iran nor Syria are members of the EU, so ...
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Exact Brexit date and consequences

If we consider Brexit to take place on 31 October 2019 as planned, does that mean this day would be the last day for the United Kingdom being still part of the EU, or does it mean from that day the UK ...
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Why is it presumed that the EU won't grant an extension even if Johnson doesn't personally ask for it?

There's a lot of brouhaha at the moment about whether or not Johnson would ask for an extension, including speculation on whether or not he will go to jail over his refusal to do so. But why is it ...
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Is there any governmental organization/party in europe that has a main goal to untangle eu from US?

Well ever since the US decided to step out of the climate accord, I've been wondering whether some consider the US the biggest enemy of Europe. Considering climate change will hit Europe hard and ...
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Could EU join the Eurasian Economic Union?

I am sort of interested in political (and economic) possibilities of the EU joining the Eurasian Economic Union. This is of course sort of an alternative to Russia joining EU as was asked about in ...
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Why doesn't Russia join the European Union?

Why doesn't Russia join the EU? If they become one of them, then they would not be enemies anymore, right? They have already joined the G-20. Then, they could also join EU, right?
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If the UK government doesn't ask for article 50 extension, can parliament do it instead?

The Guardian reported under the headline "Brexit: Gove refuses to rule out ignoring any law passed to stop no deal": Michael Gove has repeatedly refused to rule out the possibility that the ...
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Has the EU published figures how much a month of article 50 extension costs?

There is a lot of talk about another article 50 extension in the Brexit issue. I've seen various people on both sides of the Brexit issue characterising the negotiations as a waste of time. For ...
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Is British democracy anything other than a legal fiction? [closed]

Is British democracy anything other than a legal fiction right now. Including the EU referendum there have been 3 nation wide elections since 2016. 1) The initial decision to leave the EU. 2) a ...
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How is the bill blocking the no-deal Brexit useful?

The referred bill is the one mentioned in this page. I ask this question because I don’t understand the following: if Boris Johnson is truly determined to leave the EU without a deal, why can’t he ...
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Poland 80th anniversary of WW2. How many international leaders rejected personal visit?

As known, Poland recently marks 80th anniversary of WW2 start: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ww2-anniversary-poland/poland-marks-80th-anniversary-of-start-of-world-war-two-idUSKCN1VL0TL Also, I'...
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Does the European Commission impose or at least recommend the registration of prepaid cards?

Background In Romania I have heard on numerous occasions about the use of anonymous prepaid cards in relation to various crimes and that they should be banned by requiring persons to register with ...