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What is the position of the EU on Northern Cyprus?

Northern Cyprus is the part of the island of Cyprus that has been occupied by Turkey since its invasion of Cyprus in 1974. As far as I can tell, the Republic of Northern Cyprus is only recognized by ...
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Does Boris Johnson’s new negotiated withdrawal agreement mandate customs checks between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK?

The new Withdrawal Agreement negotiated under Boris Johnson’s leadership has constantly come under scrutiny about whether or not the agreement when implemented would necessitate customs checks between ...
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Why doesn't “(unimplemented) directive may never directly prohibit private party actions” mean no HDE in civil disputes on legality of State actions?

Robert Schütze. European Union Law 2 ed. 2018. p 116.       But even when directives have direct effect, they generally do not have horizontal direct effects. Why has the Court ...
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How has the Brexit process affected eurosceptic movements in other European countries?

The rocky and unpredictable state of the Brexit negotiations over the past three and a half years seems to have had an effect on the level of support for the EU, with 68% of respondents across the ...
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Has the position of the NHS been considered in exploring the option of Brexit while remaining in the EU customs union?

I was watching Channel 4's What happens after a Brexit election?, in which one of the guest introduces the NHS: The Conservatives aren't having to answer questions about the details of their ...
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How is the European Union trying to adapt to Italian Mafia extension in other EU countries?

According to this rather old article Italian Mafia has managed to extend its operations way beyond Italian borders including in countries that were once thought to be immune to it: (..) uncover how ...
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What's the function of Non-addressed Decisions, when Directives already existed?

I read the emboldened sentence, but I still don't get what Non-addressed Decisions' past function is? What's their function now? Aren't Directives "an instrument that was directly applicable but ...
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Is VAT on private school tuition fees against EU law?

According to a leaked source, the Labour government plans to introduce VAT on private school fees to pay for free meals for all primary school pupils. But isn’t this clearly illegal under EU law? The ...
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Can the UK and the EU delay Brexit again?

That would be the fourth delay. But is it legally possible to delay Brexit again?
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What are “those measures that fell outside the international market model” that justified a second justification?

Robert Schütze. European Union Law 2 ed. 2018. p. 534 scanned. All emboldenings are mine. Why would the Court be strict on the express policy grounds mentioned in Article 36 and yet allow for ...
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In para 47 of Case C-84/94 United Kingdom v. Council (Working Time), what's the “mistaken tautology”?

Pls ELI5 the emboldened phrase? I know what a tautology is. Robert Schütze. European Union Law 2 ed. 2018. pp 261-263 scanned. Once the Council has found that it is necessary to improve the ...
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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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Will Brexit effect a linguistic change across EU?

I was reading the requirements for the ongoing "Horizon 2020" EU grants. It explicitly indicates that the vehicular language for these grants is English. Not only the application must be written in ...
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Why does the EU care so much about the UK divorce payment?

Most current estimates of the UK exit bill show that the sum is somewhere around 50 billion Euros. This is equivalent to 0.3% of the EU's yearly GDP, so it's pretty much a negligible sum for the EU ...
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Why was ambassador Sondland involved in Ukraine?

Ambassador Sondland is ambassador to the EU. So why was he involved in Ukraine, a country that is not even in the EU? I understand that Ukraine is considering joining the EU but why was he so heavily ...
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Why do Muslim refugees seek asylum in Europe and not in rich countries in the Middle East?

There are several rich "Muslim" states in Middle East: Kuwait, Qatar, UAE, Bahrain and so on. It seems that none of them want to receive Syrian, Iraqi, North African and other Muslim refugees. ...
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Why do EU members have single or multiple parliamentary constituencies?

EU Member states can choose whether they want to have multiple constituencies for elections to the European Parliament, or not. Many EU member states have a single national constituency (like Germany)...
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What is the process of transposing EU directives for Vatican?

According to Wikipedia, Holy See - EU relations are somewhat strange: Vatican is unable to join EU because it is not a free market democracy being surrounded by Italy makes it de facto within the EU ...
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Is intra-EU movement/migration of EU/EUAA citizens a sizeable contributor to illegal work?

French president Macron has recently caused controversy with his contrast of extra-EU legal immigration and intra-EU illegal movements of EU/EUAA people: Last week, the right-wing French magazine ...
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Are there any polls in France on further EU expansion in the Balkans?

On October 18, the BBC reported that At the EU summit, French President Emmanuel Macron led a small number of countries in rejecting the Western Balkan countries from moving forward with their ...
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Decisions vs recommendations in the Withdrawal Agreement

What is the distinction between a decision and a recommendation in the Withdrawal Agreement? Article 166 says decisions are legally binding. Are recommendations legal demands placed upon the ...
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Why has Macron/France insisted that the UK must nominate a commissioner?

According to some Elysee officials quoted by the Guardian All weekend, France took the initiative with Germany, Ireland, Donald Tusk’s team and a few other countries, to fix the terms of the ...
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Why is Macron seemingly opposing an article 50 extension?

Emmanuel Macron seems to be opposing Article 50 extension, according to Bloomberg: French President Emmanuel Macron blocked the European Union’s attempt to delay Brexit for three months, raising ...
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Cases of nationalists wanting to cede sovereignty to supranational organisations

In the UK there are two explicitly nationalist political parties, Plaid Cymru and the SNP, that curiously advocate handing sovereignty to the EU. Are there nationalist parties anywhere else in the ...
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Are EU members allowed to trade their EU council veto in a quid pro quo with a third country?

The EU council sometimes uses unanimity to decide on sensitive matters. Can a member state trade its vote in a quid pro quo with a third country? I'm specifically wondering if there is anything in the ...
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Are there any concrete measures taken by the European Commission to regulate the “golden passports”?

I have recently seen an older interview (end of 2017) with Ana Gomez arguing about the issues of the so called "golden citizenship" / "golden passports", the practice of giving visas and citizenship ...
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(UK) EU Withdrawl Act & The EU

I was reading somewhere that if the Withdrawal Act gets amended too much it's got to be referred back to the EU. Is there an arbitrary limit to the number of amendments that can be made before it has ...
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How can/will the EU respond to Boris Johnson's three letters? [closed]

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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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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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?