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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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Are there precedents for the EU fining the UK for undervalued Chinese imports?

With all the Brexit talks, this has become a barely noticed case, but it might be relevant for future border relations between UK and EU: Britain faces a potential €2 billion bill from Brussels ...
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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 ...
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Does the vote in favor of Article 13 affect Stack Exchange?

The EU parliament voted in favor of Article 13. An article which is heavily disputed and may have huge impacts on sites publishing (even if they are small) images or videos of others' creative work. ...
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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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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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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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Where does the EU ETS fine money go?

An EU ETS factsheet says: A business is penalised if it does not surrender enough allowances. It has to buy allowances to make up the shortfall, is “named and shamed” by having its name ...
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What happens if EU chooses a prosecutor that is not allowed to leave her country?

The main favorite in getting the EU prosecutor job (Kovesi) has been accused of corruption in Romania: Romanian magistrate Laura Codruta Kovesi, a hot favourite to become the EU’s first-ever top ...
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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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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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Are there some studies which measure the level of politicization of courts in a trans-Atlantic perspective?

It's easy enough to find a Europe-only comparative perspective on the politicization of the judiciary, e.g. Werkmann (2017): The authors measured the level of politicization in each country ...
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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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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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Do current EU treaties allow any discussions (“reinterpretations”) of Treaty of Trianon?

This article comments upon a public speech held by János Lázár (Minister of Prime Minister's Office): “The Hungarian nation should receive if not material at least moral reparations for 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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How's the EU fundamental rights “mortgage theory” related to mortgages?

Robert Schütze. European Union Law 2 ed. 2018. p. 264. All emboldenings are mine. English SE and Grammarphobia has the etymology and definition of mortgage. HaggardHawks.com explains the best - ...
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What's process constitutionalism?

Can someone pls explain like I'm 5 what process constitutionalism is? The author failed to define it, and I see no simple answers after Googling "process constitutionalism". Robert Schütze. European ...
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Voting in the Council of Ministers

In the Council of Ministers, qualified majority voting is used: When the Council votes on a proposal by the Commission or the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security ...
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Are there some figures for Moldova's economic benefits from their Association Agreement with the EU?

Moldova has an Association Agreement with the EU which includes a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area as well as some ancillary benefits according to Wikipedia the modernisation of Moldova's ...
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What's Hans-Olaf Henkel's position on the EU?

In a speech that was vociferously interrupted, MEP Hans-Olaf Henkel accused Juncker of being the "[Commission] president who lost Britain" and said that Junker's pinning of the blame on Cameron was "...
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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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Does the European Commission have to include amendments made to legislation by Parliament or Council?

During ordinary legislative procedure does the European Commission need to include ammendments made by the Council of the EU or the Parliament, after submitting legislation for approval?
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How did Rolando Paksas improperly meddle in a privatisation deal?

Rolando Paksas was the first European president to be impeached. He was also the third president of Lithuania after it seceded from the Warsaw pact. According to wikipedia: During his term, ...
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What's the German or EU view on the definition of currency manipulation?

The US has a statutory definition of currency manipulation; while some US economists don't quite agree with the legal definition, nevertheless the topic is fairly widely discussed in the US in ...
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Have there been any occurrences of a country automatically joining the European Union after unification/reunification (or tried to)?

Written in an article by The Independent 'Northern Ireland ‘can rejoin EU after Brexit if it votes for reunification'. A statement from the Brexit Secretary on an Ireland reunification says: “If a ...
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Could the foreign investor protection of TTIP lead to a migration of businesses to the other signatory party?

I am not familiar with the legal structure of the investor protection provisions foreseen in TTIP, but this is an idea that crossed my mind. These provisions basically give foreign businesses the ...
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Where are the nominees for the President of the European Commission sourced from?

From where are the nominees for the President of the European Commission sourced? This answer says: "The European Parliament (the parties elected by EU citizens directly) nominates candidates. ...
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“prevention, or direct and substantial hindrance, of market access” vs. “test based on substantial hindrance to market access”

Can someone pls unravel the distinctions between ii and iii in the quote beneath? How isn't "prevention, or direct and substantial hindrance, of" market access (in ii) the same principle as "test ...
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Why's Title VII of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union called the “horizontal” clauses?

I read Chapter VI, but I don't understand what's horizontal? See the Select Committee on European Scrutiny's Fourteenth Report. The horizontal clauses 79. The final part of the Charter deals ...
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Is the impetus set by the European Council written down anywhere?

The European Council sets the direction or impetus of the European Commission (but does not instruct it). Is this direction or impetus written down anywhere?
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Does the EU ETS primary auction money pass through the “EU coffers” at all?

As far as I could discover, although the EU runs a centralized Union Registry for ETS transactions, in which all member states must participate (well the UK was suspended at the beginning of this year)...
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Why was the Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers likened to “a bus trip with the Marx brothers in the driver's seat”?

The European Union: Politics and Policies (2017 6 edn). p. 126 Middle. What does "a bus trip with the Marx brothers in the driver's seat" mean? Why was the Italian Presidency of the Council of ...
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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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How common are sanctions against EU/NATO countries for the release of indicted US civilians?

We see that USA has put sanctions on Turkey for not releasing one of its (civilian) citizens. Has this type of thing, (requests made by the USA to have its citizens released from custody), ever ...
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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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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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How do I take part in a trilogues in the EU?

If I am an MEP, how can I take part in a trilogue? Can every MEP take part in every trilogue? Also: do lobbyists have access to trilogues?
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Did the EU cookie consent law have a pilot scheme?

Was the EU ePrivacy Regulation law subject to prior testing? ePrivacy was introdued in 2009 and updated in 2017. A key goal was: The new rule will streamline the overload of consent requests for ...
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How much money can MEP earn a month?

What is a monthly salary of Member of European Parliament, his office, assistents, and debate participation income?