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Communicating the Nord Stream 2 sanctions

The US has moved to sanction companies involved in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which transports gas directly from Russia to Germany. At a glance over German and European news, the US public ...
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In Germany, why does the burden of proof fall on authorities rather than the company or individual when it comes to possible illegal funds?

According to this article Germany requires the authorities to prove that some funds are illegal instead of asking the company or individual for that proof: In Germany, the burden of proving that ...
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What are the differences between Germany's major political parties? [closed]

For example, I don't know what the major differences are between the Greens and the SPD. On a crude left to right line, where would you place the major parties? Comparing them to US parties, where ...
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Germany's Ladenschlussgesetz in comparison to Israel's business laws about the Sabbath

Currently in Israel, a big political question that stands is whether grocery stores or other businesses should be open on Saturday (Shabbat, holy day for a large portion of business owners). Currently,...
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Does the German President's apology for WWII reflect the prevailing views of the people of Germany?

A recent CNN article says: Germany's President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has asked for Poland's forgiveness 80 years after the start of World War II. "I stand before you, those who have survived, ...
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What vexillologically (flag-based) named coalitions exist (theoretically) in German politics?

In German political speech, multi-party (three or more party) coalitions are sometimes described by vexillological analogy:: I have seen: Jamaica coalition between conservatives (black), liberals (...
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How does Germany justify banning the YPG flag?

According to Wikipedia: In Germany, there is a ban on PKK [Kurdistan Workers' Party] symbols that, as of March 2017, is officially extended the YPG [People's Protection Units] and YPJ [Women's ...
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How do the “save the bees” popular initiatives in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg differ?

A popular initiative for biodiversity in Bavaria was signed by 18.3% of the eligible population. The minister-president from the conservative CSU supported the proposal and accepted it in its ...
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Why does Germany ban flag burning?

Today I learnt that Germany is considering a three year jail sentence for burning the EU flag, and also that they currently prohibit the burning of the German flag. This prohibition isn’t solely for ...
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How can Germany increase investments in Russia while EU economic sanctions against Russia are still in place?

According to Wikipedia EU economical sanctions against Russia are still in place: The sanctions by the European Union and United States continue to be in effect as of May 2019. In July 2018, the ...
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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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Russian military bases in Germany: judicially possible? [closed]

The US has many military bases in Germany, e.g. 34 Army bases, Ramstein Airbase, etc. Discounting politics, what would be judicial hurdles to setting up a Russian military base in Germany? Is there ...
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Did right-wing politician Franz Josef Strauss ever explain why he gave a 3 billion loan to East Germany in 1983?

Economist Manfred Melzer described East Germany's economy in the 1980s like this (1): The economy performed fairly well in the first half of the 1980's, raising exports while conserving raw ...
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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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Can a state temporarily extend the consulate territory during some special events such as elections?

According to this Reddit discussion and this article (Romanian), during the 2019 EU elections, Munich police helped the voters by "extending" consulate territory: This is in Munchen. The German ...
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Why the modern German government conducts the policy that prevents assimilation of minorities and inter-ethnic mixing? [closed]

I will name several German policies that make impression the government is striving to prevent inter-ethnic mixing: There are lists of permitted names for each ethnicity. One cannot take or give ...
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Why did it take so long for Germany to allow electric scooters / e-rollers on the roads?

According to Telegraph Germany has just issued a law that allows electrical scooters on the roads: Germany has become the latest country to approve the use of electric scooters on its roads as ...
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Secessionist / Regionalist political parties in Germany

In the UK, there are parties represented in regional and the national parliament calling for either the secession of, or at least greater autonomy for their nations from the UK (e.g. SNP, Plaid Cymru, ...
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Is Germany still exporting arms to countries involved in Yemen?

I have recently been in Berlin and caught a glimpse of a more unusual protest: I cannot understand German, but based on the setup (Iron throne with rifles instead of swords) it was clearly related to ...
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Why does Berlin have debt issues in opposition to many other European capital cities?

According to this article Berlin seems to be a strange capital city when it comes to debt: In almost every European country the capital is the engine of the economy. But a new study shows there ...
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What is the point of Germany's 299 “party seats” in the Bundestag?

This question about Bundestag elections (How does the German Bundestag election system work?) does a good job at summarising Bundestag elections. Long story short: 299 directly-elected candidate from ...
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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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Who funds the Global Public Policy Initiative?

There's this Berlin-based think tank called the Global Public Policy Initiative (GPPI). Their website says they are an "independent" institute, which in layman's terms means they're trying to ...
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How are leveling seats chosen in Germany's Bundestag chosen?

In Germany's Bundestag half the MPs are elected by First Past The Post and the other half are elected from party lists. Before an election parties submit regional lists in every state. The lists are ...
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What is the most effective way to participate democratically as a regular citizen in a stable parliamentary democracy? [closed]

I live in Germany as a regular citizen. That means, i am not an political activist (at the moment) or otherwise involved in political processes. In my opinion, the German politicians are going in the ...
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Why did the renaming process of the Karl-Marx-Allee street in Berlin back to its prewar name fail?

As one living in a ex-communist state, I remember that after the fall of the Iron Curtain many things that sounded communist related were renamed (e.g. streets, parks, plazas). From Wikipedia we ...
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Why do some German MPs hold cards up whenever there is a vote in the Bundestag?

You can see here for example https://youtu.be/mKn4Pi3qXjU?t=3594 that members of the Bundestag holding cards up during a vote on a bill. Is this a special kind of voting? How does it work?
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Why is Germany not in the New Hanseatic League?

The Bad Weather Coalition, more formally known as the New Hanseatic League, is a group of EU member states Ireland, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, which are all “...
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How does the German Bundestag election system work?

Can someone describe for me if this election system is a majoritarian system or a system of proportional representation? And how does it work?
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Is there a “nuclear option” regarding the election of a constitutional judge in Germany?

In Germany, the parliament has just agreed on a successor for one of the judges of the constitutional court. The candidate has to be elected in parliament with 2/3 of the votes as well as the majority ...
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UN criticises Germany on the grounds of basic human rights, what follows?

The latest report from United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner more or less confirms what critics of the German laws, regulations and practices claim for some years now. Critics ...
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What is the point of unlimited terms?

Terms limit is defined by Wikipedia as: A legal restriction that limits the number of terms an officeholder may serve in a particular elected office In many countries, the prime ministers are only ...
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Are refugees granted asylum in Germany afforded any rights of citizenship?

Are refugees granted asylum in Germany afforded any rights of citizenship? I understand the citizenship process for Germany takes around eight years. Do they have any rights to travel within the EU ...
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Why did Germany veto an expanded customs union between the EU and Turkey?

From Are relations between Turkey and Germany getting back to normal? Mr Erdogan will arrive in Germany with a long wish-list. He would like to see Germany lift its veto on an expanded customs ...
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Are there any refugees fleeing from Germany?

Refugees coming to Germany is a well known fact. But then, are there currently any German refugees leaving Germany and if yes, for what reasons?
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Why are budget categories often in relation to GDP?

I've just watched "tagesschau" (the most important German news) and saw this: BIP = GDP. It is showing the planned defense budget of Germany. Why are budget categories compared to GDP? Why are they ...
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When and how were the current US and EU tariffs on cars decided?

Trump said in a recent speech in West Virginia that he didn't like the "deal" the US has with the EU on cars. But as far as I know, there's no (separate) US-EU trade agreement on this, except ...
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Did Germany profit from the (third) Greek bailout?

From an article published in June 2018 on thelocal.de: Berlin has been one of the main lenders to Greece during its debt crisis. While conservative parties warned that supporting Greece would come ...
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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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Did (other) officials from EU countries condemn Trump's tariffs on Turkey?

Assuming this is not fake news: Germany's minister for economic affairs and energy on Sunday lashed out U.S. President Donald Trump over his trade row with Turkey, while accusing him of dictating ...
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What was the reaction of the AfD to the NSU murders?

The NSU was a Nazi terrorist organization in Germany which murdered 10 people in the early 2000s. The case was prominently discussed in Germany not only because of the murders, but also because of ...
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How do you explain the change in population ratio of Germany vs. Switzerland since 1945?

When you read newspapers nowadays, you'd get the opinion that the economy in Germany is doing "great". However, when I plot the population development in Germany vs. Switzerland, I get a very ...
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Why does the U.S. oppose the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project?

Why does the U.S. oppose the €9.5 billion Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project?
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Why did Germany and Sweden decide to accept Syrian refugees?

As of 2018, Why did the governments of Germany and Sweden decide to receive refugees from Syria? Were there any strategic/tactical political/economic factors involved?
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Is it normal for the German government to only release a partial name?

The name of the dead suspect for the Münster attack is “Jens R.”, according to ZDF. Is it normal for the German government to only release a partial name for a crime as serious as this? (Assuming ...
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Consequences of the Federal Republic of Germany being declared illegal? [closed]

There is a recent question on Skeptics SE concerning the peace treaty between Germany and the allied powers, the validity of the German constitution, and consequently the existence of the Federal ...
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In the Weimar Republic what was the role of the people sitting on the left side of the speaker?

I know that in the Weimar republic the chancellor and other ministers of government sit in front of the members of parliament on the right side of the speaker but was the role of the people who sit to ...
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In 2013 did an SPD delegate conference vote on a proposed “grand coalition” in Germany, and if so what proportions of delegates voted for and against?

In 2018, the leadership of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) has proposed a coalition government with the Christian Democratic Party (CDU) and Christian Social Union (CSU), known as a "grand coalition"...
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Power structure of French vs. German federalism [closed]

While Germany is a federation of states, France has chosen to devolve some of the power to its regional governments. How has this affected the development of these countries? Has one system fared ...
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Can foreigners be members in German parties and fully participate in them?

The Bild recently argued against political participation by foreigners in the German party SPD. It seems that one doesn't need to be a German citizen to be a member of the SPD and take part in party ...