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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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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 are some British politicians pushing for Brexit? What do they stand to gain from Britain's exit from the EU?

Also why are these politicians raising their voices at this point of time? What were they doing in the last 10-20 years?
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What does 'regaining control of our borders' in Brexit campaigns actually mean for non-EU immigrants to the UK?

What does 'regaining control of our borders' in Brexit campaigns actually mean for non-EU immigrants to the UK? Does it have any bearing at all on this group of people?
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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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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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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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Why don't Syrian refugees claim asylum at the Turkish-Greek border?

As far as I know (from here) the standard way for Syrian refugees to enter Greece from Turkey has been to cross the sea covertly by boat to reach one of the Greek islands that are not far from the ...
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UK migration: why the focus on EU only, not global?

One of the key issues in the General Election last year, and Brexit now, is around immigration to the UK. All of the focus that I hear in the media is only about migration from inside the EU, and I ...
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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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Why is summertime in Europe mostly 2 months longer than wintertime?

DST (Daylight saving time) start late March walked past to the last weekend of September. But since 1996 we (the Netherlands and the rest of Europe) added a month under pressure from the British and ...
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Why do the other EU countries worry about the developments in Poland?

In this answer, some of PiS party in Poland's policies are characterized as being a possible danger to democracy in Poland. It is clear why this would be a concern for Poland's citizens. But why is ...
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Can a state be forced to leave the European Union?

Lets assume that some EU member states think that a certain other member state should no longer be a member of the EU. In contrary to this question, that state has no intention to withdraw from the EU ...
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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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Why didn't the European countries simulate terrorist activity, to gain casus belli against refugees?

My assumptions: the recent bombing in Paris was known to happen, there can't be such huge influx of refugees without some terrorist sleeper agents being injected European countries were morally ...
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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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Are there any separatist movements in Turkey's East Thrace?

Once upon a time i spotted a website dedicated to the support of separatism in Russia's Kaliningrad region. The website itself was foreign-based and English-speaking. Evidently there are separatist ...
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Why didn't anyone at Volkswagen blow the whistle?

The egregious cheating on emissions causes me to ask what the differences are between the US and Europe both culturally and legally. Specifically there is no legislation protecting whistle-blowers ...
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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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Could the EU accept member states that are geographically outside Europe?

Could the European Union accept a member state or states that are not geographically part of Europe (e.g. Australia) under the current rules?
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Why did Denmark stop refugees transiting from Germany to Sweden?

At one point (2015-09-09), there were no trains running between Germany and Denmark. Denmark announced it would return any migrants/refugees who do not wish to seek asylum in Denmark, back to Germany ...
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Why did European Commission warn against building a Hungarian-Serbian border fence?

EU Warns Against New 'Walls' As Hungary Plans Fence On Serbia Border Why is it so? After all, other EU countries have such fences on their external borders (e.g. Ceuta and Melilla) and I haven't heard ...
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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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Libertarianism in European Union

What is the reason why libertarian and other economic freedom parties have not much support in European Union countries?
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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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What are arguments against weakening nations and strengthening local communities more in the EU? [closed]

At the end of the day, the majority of people's lives take place in a local, perhaps regional context. Doesn't having a national level of administration between people and the EU create an extra ...
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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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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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Do the current financial issues in Greece affect Macedonia's potential accession to the EU?

Greece and Macedonia have a long running naming dispute, with Greece blocking entry of Macedonia into the EU and NATO. If Greece leaves the EU, does that mean Macedonia can join?
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How would a country leaving the EU be worse off economically?

I've been told the UK would be worse off but how exactly would it be? Would a country that left the EU: Lose anything more than just funding they receive from the EU? Not just copy the EU's policies ...
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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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Why is the drive for undocumented migration so strong between France and the United Kingdom?

Since years, undocumented migrants camp in Calais and try to get to the United Kingdom. In recent days, media have reported this has increased. For example, BBC News. I can understand why ...
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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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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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If the UK left the EU, would that affect people in the UK who work for German companies? [closed]

If the UK were to leave the EU, would it have any noticeable impact on my working life due to the fact that I work in the UK for a German company? Edit for clarification: I am UK born and bred
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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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Migrant from Africa to Europe by sea from North Africa

What policy could the European Union adopt to save the large numbers of migrants dying trying to gain access to the EU from northern Africa by sea, without opening the door to a flood on new migrant?
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Is Greece request of 279 billion euros from Germany in reparations for the Nazi occupation based on solid legal ground?

To overcome the crisis, Greece is trying to get some money back from Germany. Greece's deputy finance minister said on Monday Germany owes Greece nearly 279 billion euros ($305.17 billion) in ...
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Are European union member states sovereign?

Because the member states have to obey some rules, such as : Placing the EU flag on the left all licence plates Have to grant freedom of movement Have to be member of the ESE and grant free trade ...
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How many votes were cast in the 2014 EU elections?

I read on the European Pirate Party Wikipedia article that they received 868 069 votes. I would like to compare this figure with the total votes cast for all parties. The EU Parliament Results only ...
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How likely is Greece to hold general elections by summer 2015?

Next year (in spring, I think) Greece will hold elections for the Presidency of the Republic. It is my understanding that this may lead to general elections if the candidate for President of the ...
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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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What plans do European countries have if Russia closed gas pipelines to them?

Now that Crimean crisis is at its peak, US and EU are trying their best to force Moscow to pull back from Crimea. But all there efforts seem to have no effect on Russia. But if these situations ...
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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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What will Scotland's status in the EU be, assuming the Scots vote for independence?

The Scots will vote on whether Scotland should be an independent country or not, on September 18, 2014. Assuming the majority vote is for independence, will Scotland remain in the European Union ...
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Why does Russia try to stop Ukraine from approaching to the EU

Which disadvantages does Russia fear?