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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What are the likely options now available to the UK in terms of its relationship with the EU?

Given the leave win in the UK referendum, and assuming that the UK moves ahead to 'leave' the EU, what are the options available? Would it be likely that several of the agreements will be repealed (e....
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Why would EU governments push for a quick brexit?

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is currently in the news for saying We now expect the United Kingdom government to give effect to this decision of the British people as soon as ...
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How many people work for the EU?

How many people work for the EU? This page gives 33,000 for the commission. 6,000 for the parliament and 3,500 in the general secretariat. It then goes on to say that the EU civil service includes ...
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Do E.U. employees pay tax on their salaries?

Do they pay tax in Belgium, their country of origin or a special E.U. tax?
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EU Demand For Backdated GDP Bill

In 2014 the EU demanded an extra £1.7bn from the UK in a backdated GDP bill because prostitution and illegal drugs were seen as contributing to the British economy. This would add about a fifth to ...
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Who nominates EU commissioners?

If I understand correctly, the EU Commission is voted for by the 28 heads of the constituent governments of the EU. Who nominates the candidates for the heads of state to vote on, and what is the ...
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Recent EU top meeting, who is in the background?

There is a recent meeting of different EU top bosses, images here: To the left, we can see Juncker. In the middle, Schulz. But who is the third person? He is not a translator (a translator is on the ...
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How do people prove that they belong to an ethnicity?

It seems like the EU and Turkey is about to agree about how to meet the refugee influx to Europe. However, the EU guarantees individual treatment of each application from the refugees seeking asylum ...
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Is there an American counterpart of ”Euroscepticism”; in other words, is the states' rights movement associated with reduced chauvinism?

In Europe, people opposed to specific policies of the European Union, expansion of the European Union, or transfer of powers from member states to the European Union, are often described by the media ...
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Does the EU have any rights to oversee UK elections?

If members of the UK electorate were to report issues with the UK electoral system, and parties, persons and/or agencies related to it, would the EU have a legal right to investigate and if so what ...
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Could the City of London leave the EU while the UK remained?

In 1985 Greenland voted to leave the European Economic Community, mainly to have more control over their fishing. Greenland also happens to be part of Denmark. Let's assume the United Kingdom's ...
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why do the EU and the USA keep the TTIP documents secret?

this article says The European Commission is making the secret Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) trade deal even more secret, introducing a new rule that means politicians can ...
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Why does Akrotiri and Dhekelia have a different relation to the EU than Gibraltar?

Out of the British Overseas Territories, only Gibraltar is in the European Union. Akrotiri and Dhekelia is also in Europe, at least according to the EU interpretation of admitting Cyprus as a member ...
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Finding the vote count for a Debate on TTIP in the EU parliament

I've been trying to find the exact vote count for the debate that took place yesterday on TTIP at the European Parliament but can't find it. I only found one count of 436 for and 216 against or ...
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Does the EU frequently review their members to see if they consistently meet the initial criteria?

Does the EU conduct frequent reviews on the economic and political condition of their members to stay? If a current member of the European Union drastically changes economically or politically, and no ...
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What is the goal of the Hungarian fence? To stop the refugees? Reduce the rate? What?

I'm talking about the Hungarian border barrier that had been recently built on the Hungary-Serbian borders. What is the official reason announced by the Hungarian government? Is the goal of this ...
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Invalid “safe harbour” decision - what has changed?

The international Safe Harbor Privacy Principles were declared invalid by the European Court of Justice in October 2015. Is it known whether the behavior of companies storing consumer data and ...
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What factors resulted in victory of National front in French regional elections?

The Far-right party of Le Pen named National Front or FN has just won a sweeping victory in regional elections of France, which were the first elections after the deadly attacks on Paris. Other than ...
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Has a British PM ever given a speech with the EU flag alongside the Union Jack?

It is common to see most other EU leaders give talks, speeches and conference with their national flag proudly alongside the EU flag (Merkel, Rajoy, Hollande etc). This cannot be said for UK Prime ...
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Can a member of the European Parliament be removed from office?

Can a member of the European Parliament be removed from office before end of term? If so, on what grounds and who has the power to do it? This has come up in casual conversation and my (cursory, I ...
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On what grounds have hundreds of EU nationals claimed asylum in the UK in the last 5 years?

According to recent reports in the British press of a speech by Home Secretary Theresa May, hundreds of EU nationals have applied for asylum in Britain in the last 5 years. To list a few sources, ...
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How is the European integration process similar to the creation of the United States?

What are the similarities and what are the major differences (economically, socially and culturally) between the current European integration process and the historical formation of the United States? ...
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How come so many asylum seekers have managed to enter Hungary?

Hungary made it clear that it doesn't want refugees. Did Hungary let them in, or did they cross the border outside of border crossings? Hungary is a Schengen country with an external EU border, so I ...
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Why is Hungary blocking refugees leaving?

Hungary does not want Syrian refugees, as has been made clear by their PM. Germany had already said that it would house them, even though they were trying to get other countries to take in more. The ...
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Why was having a common currency in the EU seen as necessary?

When it was introduced, the € (Euro) was supposed to be the common currency for the entire EU, even if it turned out many countries (such as the UK) would stay in the EU without using the € currency, ...
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Is the free trade agreement between Europe and the US (TTIP) held in secret?

I have heard in a lot of places that the treaty is being negotiated in secret. Is this true? If true, is there an official reason for it?
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Would it be an advantage for Greece to solve the financial crisis by leaving the euro?

Would it be an advantage for Greece to solve the financial crisis by leaving the euro? Wouldn't be another way of shaping policy more helpful, like kind of a marshall plan instead of austerity? Next ...
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How to distribute asylum applicants more evenly in Europe?

Sweden has 8.4 asylum applicants per 1000 residents whereas Hungary, the second ranking European country, has only ~4. Most other European countries have 0-2 asylum applicants per 1000 residents (...
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Why are former communist dictatorships in the EU considered less democratic by The Economist?

The democracy index by The Economist (also see Wikipedia) is almost systematically classing countries that were recently dictatorships as less democratic than the longer term democratic countries. ...
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If a country leaves the European Union, would also leave the European Economic Area?

In the event of some member country supporting leaving the EU, would that mean that the country would stop participating in the EEA? Other countries participate in it, despite not being EU members. e....
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Which open source licenses have been tested in a US or EU court? [closed]

I'd like to know if there are any particular open source licenses or family of licenses that have been established in case law in the US or the European Union, and links to said case law if possible. ...
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Monetary policy: why does the dollar work for the US, but the Euro doesn't for the EU

Why does Europe have so many problems with its currency? The US also has a currency that covers lots of different states, some as strong as California or NY, others on the weak side, with little ...
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Is it possible to leave EU but remain in Eurozone, legally?

As to this comment: [I]s it possible to leave EU but remain in Eurozone, legally? Thanks @DVK for the question
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Are there any whistleblower protection regulations in the EU?

The US seems to have a pretty well established and thorough framework of whistleblower protection laws and regulations. The EU, on the other hand, seems to have absolutely no whistleblower protection ...
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Couldn't those threatened with asset freezes simply move their money?

There's all this rhetoric about freezing the assets of certain Russians. What I'm asking is, aren't governments issuing these threats simply giving people warning in time to move their money out of ...
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How significant is social cohesion to long term economic growth?

The EU has a long track record of pushing for more social cohesion and the debate on a new round of cohesion policies is ongoing. Hopefully it will result in a cohesive set of guidelines for the 2014 -...
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Why three levels of territorial units in the NUTS?

The Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics is an EU standard which defines three levels of territorial units. Whether directly because of this or because of related regulations, Poland ...
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What would be the steps necessary for a country to leave the E.U.?

Given that there is (again) a debate going on whether the United Kingdom should remain in the E.U. or whether they should leave the Union, I was wondering what would be the steps necessary to be taken ...

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