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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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Why isn't it inherently anti-democratic for the CJEU to limit the Union legislator?

Pls see scan below. I don't understand how "[t]his view is mistaken." If the CJEU sets "hard limits for the Union legislator", how isn't this "inherently anti-democratic", whether "the democratic ...
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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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UK Private Sector Receipts from the EU

The UK's membership fee in 2018 according to full fact goes from a £17bn gross payment, less rebate and public sector spending to a £9bn net payment. Specifically, this image shows this does not ...
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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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How's Art 45(4) Public Services Exception connected to Hegel and “The march of God in the world, that is what the state is”? [closed]

I don't know anything about Hegel or his philosophy. Can someone pls ELI5 the red arrows in the following quote? Craig, P and De Burca, G. EU Law 6 ed. 2015. p. 769. All emboldenings are mine.
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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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How do export restrictions help domestic market and national production?

Sentence 1 under suggests that EX-port restrictions help national production. But how? I understand how IM-port restrictions help "domestic market" (from sentence 2) and "national production" - IM-...
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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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What would the United Kingdom's “optimal” Brexit deal look like?

As far as I could tell, the Brexit issue boils down to three core points for the UK: The UK no longer has to follow any EU regulations. The border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland ...
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Simple explanation needed about EU's decisional and normative supranationalism

Please explain like I'm five: I get what's "supranationalism", but why didn't Craig define decisional supranationalism and normative supranationalism? Wikipedia was too gruff to help! European ...
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Why were the Treaty of Rome's travaux préparatoires not available for thirty years?

Craig, P. and De Burca, G. EU Law 6 ed. 2015. p. 63       The Court’s jurisprudence cannot be properly understood without an awareness of its approach to interpretation. This is ...
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Why has Macron apparently decided to support the Romanian candidate (Kovesi) instead of his own country candidate (Bohnert) as EU prosecutor?

A rather surprising news came from the Romanian Presidency: President Klaus Iohannis on Friday had a phone conversation with his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, during which the latter told ...
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If SWIFT is headquartered in Europe, why does the EU need to create a SWIFT alternative to be able to do transactions with Iran?

If SWIFT is headquartered in Europe, why does the EU need to create a SWIFT alternative to be able to do transactions with Iran? It seems that the U.S. has significant control over SWIFT although ...
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Could the EU introduce an app-crossing messenger standard and make its use obligatory for every messenger?

Let's assume the EU does the following things: It develops a messaging standard for texts, speech messages, documents, video calls, end-to-end encryption and more and makes this open source (like the ...
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What would the EU do if an EU member declared war on another EU member?

What would the EU do if an EU member declared war on another EU member? I am wondering what would happen if a country like France attacked a country like Cyprus, what would the EU do in that situation?...
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Does the EU have the power to expand its own power without the consent of EU members?

Does the EU have the power to expand its own power without the consent of EU members? If yes, what is the legal framework that allows it to do so? If not, what do the EU members have to do to allow ...
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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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Who limits the euro issued in each eurozone country?

In my understanding each member of eurozone prints their own euro. How was it decided how much euro will be printed by each country per year? Also, for weak eurozone countries, what is preventing ...
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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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Did German Reunification influence EU strategy?

I have been reading about German Reunification, and would like to know if this was used as a positive example, to justify further EU expansion and integration? After the fall of the Berlin Wall, ...
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Why did EU sign a free-trade deal with Vietnam?

According to Reuters, The European Union has signed a free trade deal with Vietnam: The European Union signed a landmark free trade deal with Vietnam on Sunday, the first of its kind with a ...
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Seeking political asylum in a country after being refused in another

What's the case of someone who sought asylum in a European country and got rejected, then moved to another European country and applied again. Based Dublin Regulation the person will have their ...
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Why is Manfred Weber being opposed to as the next head of the European Commission?

Per this article: Frans Timmermans, a self-confessed anglophile who is fluent in seven languages, appears to be in pole position to head the commission from 1 November as leaders meet on Sunday ...
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How does INSTEX work, and why won't it work?

After the US withdrew from the JCPOA, it threatened criminal and/or financial action against entities which trade with Iran (with some limited exemptions). This made the SWIFT society drop Iranian ...
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How are decisions taken in the European Council?

The European Council sets the impetus of the EU. Treaty change is made here too. How are decisions taken in the European Council? Is it unanimity?
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Is organizing “piggybacked” referendums something unusual in EU?

Romanians were also called to vote for a referendum when voting for EU Parliament elections in 2019. However, the organizing for diaspora voting was very problematic and many could not vote at all: ...
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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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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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Can European countries bypass the EU and make their own individual trade deal with the U.S.?

Can European countries bypass the EU and make their own individual trade deal with the U.S.? I am asking, because for instance Italy decided to join the Belt and Road before other countries meaning ...
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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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Are Common External Tariff levels in the EU agreed via qualified majority voting or unanimity?

Are Common External Tariff levels decided by qualified majority in the Council of Ministers? Or are these classified as taxation and therefore need unanimous agreement?
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Could the European Union (or an element of it) be described as a government?

Could the European Union (or an element of it) be described as a government? The Wikipedia definition of government seems quite broad: A government is the system or group of people governing an ...
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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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Separation of the European Single Market and Customs Union

What is the relationship between the European Customs Union and the European Single Market? Is the Single Market an evolution that encompasses the Customs Union, rather than a stand-alone entity? I ...
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If an MEP resigns is the next person on the list appointed?

What is the process in the UK for when an MEP resigns? Is the next person on the party’s list appointed? In Northern Ireland they use Single Transferrable Vote - perhaps they pick the first loser?
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How much bargaining power do countries like Greece have on their debt settlement with rich EU countries?

How much bargaining power do countries like Greece have on their debt settlement with rich EU countries? What are the things they could bargain for in their own interests and what are the things they ...
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How did the European Union reach the figure of 3% as a maximum allowed deficit?

According to Wikipedia's article about Stability and Growth Pact: The fiscal discipline is ensured by the SGP by requiring each Member State, to implement a fiscal policy aiming for the country ...
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Do legislators hold the right of legislative initiative?

The OED definition of legislator is: A person who makes laws; a member of a legislative body. A semi-colon is not read as an “or” but as an “and.” Does this mean a legislator must have the right ...
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Is the EU 'punishing' the UK for Brexit? How so? [closed]

This question states the EU has been making Brexit harder for the UK. One of the answers stated the reasons were to dissuade other members from deciding to leave as well. What I wonder is, is that ...
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How does the standardisation process in the EU work?

According to the EU’s website there are three standardisation bodies officially recognised as suppliers of European Standards: CEN, CENELEC and ETSI. I thought the European Medicines Agency had a ...
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Are regulatory compliance checks performed within the EU bloc?

The EU controls regulatory alignment for goods to make cross-border trade easier. EU countries are not wholly aligned in regulatory standards for all goods. For example, the driving side of road ...
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Do specific Council of Ministers configurations run on rotation?

There are a number of different configurations for the Council of Ministers, each corresponding to a policy area. Do these configurations gather ad-hoc or on rotation?
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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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When does the European Scrutiny Committee get involved in the legislative process?

The European Scrutiny Select Committee scrutinises draft European Union legislation. The Committee assesses the legal and/or political importance of draft EU legislation deposited in Parliament ...
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How will the European Parliament look after brexit?

So 751 different members of the European Parliament was elected. However, some extra members were also elected for some countries for which the extra members first join the parliament the day (when/if)...
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What is the purpose of electing European Parliament since the institution which propose new laws is European Commission?

According to EU organisation: The Commission proposes and implements laws which are in keeping with the objectives of the EU treaties. The members of European Commission are proposed by the ...
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The nature of legislative deliberations with the European Commission

On the European Union website in its description of the "Ordinary Legislative Procedure" it says: In practice, most proposals are adopted at first reading. The reason for this is that the ...
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What can a person do if she could not cast her vote during EU parliamentary elections?

European Parliament elections has passed and Romanian diaspora once again had serious difficulties in casting a vote (Bristol Post, Dubai City Reporter, Vice). Thousands of Romanian diaspora ...
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Why is the voter turnout at EU level so low compared to national elections?

The voter turnout in the European elections in Germany in 2019 for instance was only around 62%. Notable this is still much higher than it was in previous EU elections there… Additionally the voter ...
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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, ...