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questions explaining concepts (e.g. sovereignty), organisations (e.g. the EU) or events (e.g. Brexit) in simple terms without assuming much prior knowledge of the subject

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What does the EARN IT act mean for messaging services without E2E encryption? [closed]

Many people have been discussing what the EARN IT act entails for services that offer E2E encryption, but almost nobody has mentioned or asked what this act would entail for the messaging services ...
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What is/was the proposal to establish an European Monetary Fund mainly about?

Apparently the EMF was a shot-down proposal of how to reform/expand the ESM. Alas the documentation I found is rather vague [at summary level] along the lines of: The European Commission's proposal ...
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Is there a summary of Varoufakis' EuroLeaks?

As some kind of protest against the EU's latest action(s), former finance minister of Greece Varoufakis has released some tapes of his conversations with the Troika etc., which seem to date back to ...
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What are the conclusions of the leaked Labour antisemitism report?

Over the weekend, an internal Labour Party report entitled "The work of the Labour Party's Governance and Legal Unit in relation to antisemitism, 2014-2019" was leaked. The report was reportedly ...
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What are the implications of Hungary's emergency coronavirus bill?

Today, Hungary's parliament voted by 137 to 53 to enact the new COVID-19 bill, which apparently grants Prime Minister Viktor Orbán sweeping powers, in order to allow Hungary to deal with the crisis. ...
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What are the objections to Pelosi's COVID-19 Bill?

Subsequent to the Democrats blocking the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in the US Senate on Sunday, March 22nd, in a 47-47 vote that was split along party lines, Nancy ...
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What are the objections to Mitch McConnell's COVID-19 Bill?

In the US Senate on Sunday, March 22nd, Democrats blocked the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in a 47-47 vote that was split along party lines. McConnell indicated that he ...
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What are the arguments around Turkey's Istanbul Canal proposal?

On January 17th, the Turkish Environment and Urbanization Ministry approved the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) on the Instanbul Canal project (Kanal İstanbul), a pet project of President ...
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What are the implications of the EARN IT Act?

On the face of it, the EARN IT Act of 2020 appears to be a bill to protect against online exploitation of children by creating a National Commission for that purpose. However, the Electronic Frontier ...
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What events led to the 2020 North East Delhi riots?

This article from the BBC describes appalling violence in the Indian capital, which has led to a death toll of 27 at the time of writing. The article mentions that the spark that ignited the riots ...
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What happened in the trials on “France's Watergate” on Mitterand's security wiretapping journalists etc.?

The Guardian reported in 2002: Twenty years after the event, the full truth of the scandal known as France's Watergate may finally come out following a decision this week to send for trial 12 men ...
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Why is Argentina in a near-perpetual economic and/or financial crisis?

I might be getting the wrong impression but Argentina seems to be in a perennial or at least often repeated sequence of economic and/or financial crises. Just the latest: the country is in a deep ...
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Have the EU countries been diverging economically for the past two decades, despite rules convergence?

By divergence or convergence I don't mean in terms of rules, they clearly have been trying to converge in those terms. But was that fast enough to translate into economic convergence? I mean, have the ...
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What is the mid-term election in India?

I just wanted someone to explain me in a simple manner what the mid-term election in India is. What are the requirements and how is it conducted ?
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How is Qatar v. Bahrain relevant to the form or definition of an agreement in international law?

Wikipedia mentions that As was obvious[citation needed] in Qatar v. Bahrain, disputes may arise concerning the status of the document once one of the parties seeks to enforce its provisions. "The ...
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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 2016 presidential scandal in South Korea about?

In 2016, the president of South Korea, Park Geun-hye, was caught up in a scandal with allegations of her being controlled by a religious cult. I have also heard rumours of her jailing or otherwise ...
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Can somebody explain Brexit in a few child-proof sentences?

I find the whole Brexit thing impenetrably difficult to understand. My main points of confusion: What exactly does leaving the EU entail? Just writing some letter announcing that EU tariff ...
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How to explain the importance of European Parliament elections to a regular folk living in Eastern Europe?

European Parliament elections are coming in 2019 and on several occasions I have heard various public figures arguing about their importance and that it is very important to show up and vote. However, ...
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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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USMCA vs NAFTA, what's different?

Breaking news: "Today, Canada and the United States reached an agreement, alongside Mexico, on a new, modernized trade agreement for the 21st Century: the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement," US ...
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What is Antifa?

I've seen a lot of people across the political spectrum mention this thing called "Antifa" by name, usually to criticize it, and present it as the "other equally bad side" in the eternal left vs right ...
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How do I explain democratic socialism to an American?

Assuming that an American has preconceived cultural bias against certain words, what is the best way to educate (and not inflame/trigger) Americans about Democratic Socialism? My intention is to ...
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How would one explain the E.U. to a 5 year-old?

As the European Union is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, it would be interesting to have an explanation of the E.U. which a 5 year-old would understand. Is there anybody who can give such an ...
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How does Single Transferable Vote work?

I've heard that some elections use single transferable vote. What is this and how does it work? How does it differ from a standard majority vote election?