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Are there polls why Germans dislike Trump so much and consider him so dangerous?

From Pew surveys, Trump seems quite unpopular in (continental) Europe; in 2019 he seems to poll lowest in Germany even among that group: Also, a more recent (dpa) poll focused on Germans' opinions: ...
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Why is the German GEZ a fee and not a tax?

In Germany, every household has to pay "Rundfunkbeitrag" (often called GEZ). It is 17,50 Euro per month, which is used to finance public broadcasting. Normally, I would expect public institutions to ...
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What is the perception of European parties in the US?

I wonder whether the average American has an idea of how the Republican and Democratic party are ordered on the political spectrum in comparison to other major parties in the West. Take e.g. Germany. ...
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Did Poland ever apologize for its alliance with Germany before 1939?

It is not widely known now, but before 1939, Poland and Nazi Germany were neighbours with very good relations: Czechoslovakia was occupied by both Nazi Germany and Poland. Poland was the first ...
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Why is the new German parliament 12 % bigger?

Before the German federal election in September 2017, the parliament (Bundestag) had 631 members; now it has 709 . How did this come about? Does it matter, or is it a second-order effect? See also: ...
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Why did Berlin freeze the rent prices as opposed to letting the market set the price?

This EuroNews article tells us about the Berlin freezing of rent prices: Berlin is freezing the rents of 1.5 million apartments for the next five years starting this Sunday in a controversial ...
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Why is Japan more revisionist about its World War II era actions than Germany?

Germany and Japan both committed horrific crimes against humanity in the lead up to, and during world war II. Both countries are now more or less democracies. Yet the two countries seem to have dealt ...
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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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Why do we hear so little about the German President?

According to Wikipedia: Under Article 59 (1) of the Basic Law (German Constitution), the President represents the Federal Republic of Germany in matters of international law, concludes treaties ...
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What is the difference between the Chancellor and the President of Germany?

As you know, Germany has both a Chancellor and a President. While the Chancellor's appearances in international stages and media seem to be huge, not many foreign media talk about the German President....
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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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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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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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Why does Germany have such a rather small defense budget?

This article deals with Germany’s Armed Forces status in the context of Trump's decision to reduce US troops stationed in Germany. Besides the main topic, the article also mentions that Germany spends ...
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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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Why do we need static coalitions?

By the German constitution, every member of parliament has to adhere to their conscience only. In reality, the parties on the parliament usually vote unanimously for some bill. The parties that are ...
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Why has Germany not seen as many Islamist terror attacks as France, Italy or the UK?

The German intelligence agencies often complain, that they are ill-equipped to deal with terror attacks efficiently because they lack the legal authority to use certain surveillance methods. For ...
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Why was the Germany's “Left Party” the only one to abstain from voting to create anti-Semitism commissioner?

According to reports in various media, Germany recently held a near-unanimous vote to create a post of anti-Semitism commissioner. While I'm aware of criticism of the post (mostly, for being a token ...
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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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What conditions has Germany (or the EU as a whole) attached to the ESM loan offer that Italy is refusing?

It's been asserted in a couple of answers to another question that Germany (or the EU) has attached serious reform conditions to the ESM loans that Italy is refusing. What conditions were these? (...
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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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What do paternity test restriction laws aim to achieve?

I recently learned that genetic paternity tests are being restricted or even banned in Germany and France (and perhaps in other countries as well). In Germany the law requires consent from both ...
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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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What does the flag of Imperial Germany symbolize today?

German extremist right-wing protesters are often seen carrying the black-white-red flags of the Deutsches Kaiserreich (Imperial Germany). Vizekanzler Scholz sagte: "Es kann nicht hingenommen ...
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Is any part of Germany not part of any German State (Land)

In the United States of America, Washington DC is not part of any state. In Australia, there are three mainland territories which are not part of any state (although apparently two essentially ...
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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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Why would a country ever store its gold deposits abroad?

I just learned from this question that Germany is storing its gold reserves around the globe. Why would a country store any of its gold reserves abroad, instead of well-protected inside the country? ...
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How is Germany going to integrate the refugees?

When the arriving numbers of refugees increased, Merkel repeatedly said 'We can do it' to critics and supporters of her asylum policy. She also mentioned this in her New Years Eve Speech. I don't want ...
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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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Why was Çavuşoğlus (planned) campaign visit to The Netherlands and Germany controversial?

In March 2017, the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte declared that the Turkish minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu was not welcome to campaign among eligible Turkish voters in The Netherlands for a yes vote in ...
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Why don't most elected officials assume office right after the election result is confirmed?

In most countries, there is usually a gap between election day and the time when the elected official assumes office. Example: In the United States, the President is elected in November but does not ...
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What part of the German political system makes it possible for chancellors to stay in power for so long compared to other parliamentary​ states?

The current German chancellor has been in power since 2005 and has a great chance in keeping the position for another 4 years. Compared to most other parliamentary democracies this is an extremely ...
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What are the concrete demands of Germans who want to “put an end to” (Schlussstrich ziehen) nazi commemorations?

The head of the German nationalist party Alternative für Deutschland (AFD) has demanded einen Schlussstrich unter Deutschlands Nazi-Vergangenheit, which in English translates more or less as to put an ...
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What is the immigration policy among different German parties?

With the election coming next month, the immigration policy should be one of the primary issues on the election. I know AfD strictly opposes to the immigration, while Merkel's CDU generally support ...
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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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Rise of Alternative for Germany

What are the various factors that contributed to the rise of the political party Alternative for Germany? Why has it gained popularity?
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Is Alternative für Deutschland really an extreme right nationalist party?

Today's newspaper presented the recently founded German party as an extreme right, nationalistic and dangerous party. However a visit to the Wikipedia page of the party reveals something completely ...
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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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Why would Trump call out Germany saying they owe the US and NATO 'vast sums' of money for defence?

Why would Trump call out Germany on their spending budget for NATO? He tweets Germany owes vast sums of money to NATO & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive,...
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Has Angela Merkel criticised travel bans on Israelis?

A subset of Are any of the notable critics of Trumps immigration ban on record as criticizing Iran's etc... ban on anyone connected to Israel? Has Angela Merkel, who has criticised Trump's travel ...
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Do extra-territorial laws violate some basic principle of democracy?

The US Congress has recently passed a law penalizing foreign companies and individuals in Europe for working on a gas-pipeline from Russia to Germany. This law affects non-US citizens in Europe and ...
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How would Germany increase its military size beyond 370,000 personnel?

A followup question from this answer. Germany is currently bound by the Treaty on the Final Settlement with Respect to Germany from 1990. It, among other things, prevents Germany from having over 370,...
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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 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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In Bundestag election, can a party abuse the system by endorsing independents in constituency (first vote) races?

In its federal election, Germany uses mixed-member proportional representation, where a voter makes two votes: one picks a particular candidate in local constituency, second for a party. In short, a ...
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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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What were the exact debt relief terms for Germany in 1953?

I read the Wikipedia article about the London treaty but it doesn't give me a bullet list with the exact concessions made and the terms. Such a list would be perfect to understanding what exactly ...
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What is the purpose of direct mandates in the German electoral system?

Is the direct mandate’s main purpose to represent the election districts? What was the original motivation to build a mechanism like that (first/direct vote, excess mandates) into a electoral system? ...
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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 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 ...