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Why is the EU not happy with the euro usage in Montenegro

According to Wikipedia, the ECB and the European Commission are unhappy about the usage of the Euro as the national currency of Montenegro. The European Commission and the ECB have since voiced ...
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Do you think it is democratic if we leave EU since the UK is anti-Brexit now [on hold]

According to this article https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/final-say-remain-leave-second-referendum-brexit-no-deal-crossover-day-a8541576.html Given the amount of people who died and became ...
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if Ethiopia can take over Eritrea with help of the government of Eritrea or by force? [on hold]

My nation is in a big concern about whether Ethiopia is trying to take over Eritrea, because Eritrea was under the control of Ethiopia for many years, before its independence in 1991. So to be ...
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Money bills cannot be sent back by president in India's parliamentary system

In Indian parliament, the president cannot send the money bills back for reconsideration of the houses but he can withhold them permanently (pocket veto). What is the logic behind this rule? What is ...
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Difference between “Department of …” and “… Department”

So apparently most of the U.S. government departments have been using Department of ..., like Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security. But it looks like there's a weird exception, ...
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Why is having a NATO missile-defense launch system such a big deal for Russia?

After of its activation almost three years ago, from time to time, I keep hearing on the news about Russia making statements about the NATO missile-defense launch system placed in Deveselu (locally ...
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Why does Norway use the word “returned” instead of “elected”?

From Norway's page describing the structure of their government: The number of members returned to the Storting is 169. The number of members to be returned from each constituency depends on the ...
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What’s the point of triumvirate, as political regime?

Triumvirate is a very frequent pattern of government, and almost every area or the world, in almost every age, shows examples of it. I’m Italian, and thus I am particularly familiar with the notion, ...
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What does “petty politics” mean? [closed]

Whenever I see the phrase "petty politics", it seems to be used as an applause light. Does this phrase have any higher meaning, or is it really as simple as it looks?
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Are Russian, North Korean and other countries' show of strength aimed for a domestic or international audience?

I don't know if I'm asking this on a correct site but here it goes. I've noticed this trend on many occasions. Examples: recently Russia announced the start of production of new "superweapons" such as ...
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Is “rule of the strongest” still seen in modern politics? How? [closed]

Sometimes I find that people think that modern politics is progression "out from" rule of the strongest. Because this is e.g. the philosophy which e.g. Hobbes put forward. That government is about ...
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Does running dead happen in elections outside of Australia?

In Australia, to “run dead” means to have a candidate run, but deliberately not do any campaigning, in order for your candidate to come third and be able to direct preferences reliably to another ...
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What type of employees are “obliged to join a union as a condition of employment” in New York?

This is an excerpt from an article explaining why Amazon is reconsidering opening its headquarters in New York: New York is a pro-labor city, whereas Virginia is a right-to-work state where ...
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How are the President and Vice Presidents of the European Commission appointed?

The College of Commissioners in the European Commission consists of a President, a First Vice-President, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (who is also a ...
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What is a corporate embassy and how does it compare to a normal one? [closed]

The NY Times reports that Facebook opened a "corporate embassy" in China I'm wondering What does a government embassy do? What laws typically apply to it? How does that compare to the power and ...
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Are EU member states’ military capabilities used by the EU under the auspices of a NATO/EU relationship? [closed]

Are EU member states’ military capabilities used by the EU under the auspices of a NATO/EU relationship? Or are they sometimes used directly?
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Is the concept of nation explicitly ethnic?

Is the concept of nation explicitly ethnic? I always thought that a “nation-state” was a synonym for a sovereign country, but the Wikipedia article on the subject reads a little ambiguous. It is a ...
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Arrest a Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court? [closed]

Does a President have the delegated constitutional power to arrest a chief justice of the USA? President Abraham Lincoln did, but was persuaded not to issue his warrant by his cabinet members... Was ...
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On what basis is matériel used in EU military operations?

On what basis is matériel used in EU military operations? For example, Operation Sophia is the EU military mission to interdict people smuggling routes in the Mediterranean. On what basis are the ...
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Has a member of the British royal family ever run for Prime Minister of the UK?

There are news reports that a Thai princess is to run for Prime Minister in the upcoming Thai elections (e.g. see here). This has been titled as a political earthquake. This article states: The ...
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What is Maduro's approval among Venezuelan expatriates?

The president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, has an approval rating of around 20% (e.g. this survey). These studies do have flaws, since some may not properly account for his support in the lowest-...
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Who commands Operation Sophia?

Operation Sophia (formerly EU NAVFOR Med) is an ongoing European Union military operation, established in 2015 to interdict refugee smuggling routes in the Mediterranean Sea. Who commands this ...
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How can memos within a committee comply with open meeting laws?

I might be serving on a public committee subject to open meeting laws. These laws in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, such as RSA VI-91-A , stipulate that all deliberations must be held in a meeting ...
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Are UN peacekeeping operations decided via unanimity?

The UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations looks after UN peacekeeping interventions. Do these operations require unanimous support, majority support or something else?
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What are the arguments for the militarisation of the European Union?

Since Maastricht the European Union has been developing a military element. Firstly with the Common Foreign and Security Policy, then (via the Western European Union vehicle) the European Security and ...
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Is there an EU law that prevents repair of electrical devices?

I know there's a lot of discussion at the moment of the EU introducing new "right to repair" regulations to try to reduce waste. I was recently told that this is effectively a reversal of existing ...
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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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Why would big countries like the UK tolerate their own tax havens?

I understand that small countries like Monaco or Andorra won't be able to offer a competitive advantage unless they offer some fiscal benefits, which they do for the whole country. However, in the ...
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Where can I find the full text of the Brady amendment voted by the UK House of Commons on 29 Jan 2019?

I know the House of Commons website has the text of bills, but this is an amendment to a statement, so I can't for the life of me find it; any help much appreciated! :)
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How exactly does a primary election in Israel (specifically Likud) work?

I've been trying to understand the exact mechanics of how primary elections in Likud party in Israel work. So far I'm on page 3 of Google search and nothing has a meaningful explanation, only details ...
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Is there any truth to this evidence for the so-called “Gay Agenda”? [closed]

This apparently comes from the National Coalition of Gay Organizations Convention held in Chicago in 1972, which I can find no info on beyond this platform. Among this platform are these demands ...
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Can European Union Commissioners be members of political parties?

Can European Union Commissioners be members of political parties, or must they resile their memberships of such groups?
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Are there any restrictions to the claims politicians can make?

So I saw this morning that Donald Trump (US president) claimed the US would be at war with North Korea by now if he hadn't been elected. This made me wonder if there are any restrictions on what a ...
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How can a country get a street / square / park in another country named after an important figure?

I have noticed that in some countries many city elements such as streets (where they have names, not numbers), squares, parks etc. might bear important foreign figure names, capital city names (e.g. ...
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The European Commission proposal to end the veto on tax policy

The European Commission has announced its plan to scrap the member state veto on tax policy. This was immediately rejected by Ireland, a country whose economic model is backed by tax-haven status. ...
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How is fishing in the European Union structured?

As an island in the Atlantic the UK has the right to fish large swathes of ocean off its coast: a 200 nautical mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ). I think this is how it works inside the EU: the UK ...
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What are the alternatives of bluffing as a political tactic?

Let's have two powers in conflict - those could be two persons, two states, two armies, two gangs, whatever. Let's say they are about to meet in a "battle" - that could be a conflict on the workplace, ...
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The philosophy of technocracy

When designing a democratic governance model you need to decide how/when/if decisions should be exposed to a popular vote. Deciding automotive crash test standards (edit: poor example) some standards ...
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Why does France have systematic difficulties in obtaining a budget deficit below 3%?

According to this article France plans for a budget deficit slightly over the EU allowed limit of 3%: France's budget deficit is likely to overshoot the European Union's limit of 3 percent of GDP ...
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What happens if the state delegations tie on a presidential vote?

If no candidate gets a majority of electoral votes in the United States, states each get one vote for who becomes president. What happens if 25 states vote for the Democrat and 25 vote for the ...
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Does the UAE law set the method of capital punishment for a given crime? [migrated]

The judicial system of UAE allows a court (a Federal court, I believe) to pass judgment of the capital punishment for crimes including homosexuality and denouncing Islam. The executions are carried ...
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How do “originalist” interpreters of the constitution cope with the 2nd amendment?

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. As far as I can see, from both the ...
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Do polls indicate support for post-Brexit freer trade?

The Bank of England Brexit GDP scenarios show a blue area depicting a "close relationship" scenario and a "less close" relationship scenario. It is clear that when they use the label "less close" they ...
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Is there any research on when voters made their mind up in the Brexit referendum campaign?

Is there any research on by what date voters made their mind up about Brexit in the referendum campaign?
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Why doesn't the U.K. just revoke its Article 50 withdrawal?

Appreciating that it would be extremely politically unpopular, are there any policy reasons why a PM wouldn't just revoke the withdrawal, unilaterally cancelling Brexit?
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Can the Virginia State Government have a public referendum on 3rd trimester abortion: simply yea or nay?

Can the Va voters vote "yea"or "nay" to 3rd trimester abortion? Whether this would be binding or non-binding. Thanks
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Why have liberal revolutions “worked” while communist ones created tyrannies? [closed]

It was suggested that communist revolutions weren't very different from the liberal ones of the 18th century. They argued that if those could work, so could communist revolutions. I understand that ...
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Why is the status of Gibraltar considered disputed (by some)?

It is stated in this article that: Spain ceded Gibraltar to Britain in perpetuity in the treaty of Utrecht in 1713. This point of view appears to be UK policy, as in: ... the prime minster’s ...
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Post 1999 will anyone be entitled to sit in the House of Lords by heredity alone?

Post 1999 will anyone new be entitled to sit in the House of Lords by heredity alone?
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How much money did the United States spend on the Iraq war, and how much money did US oil companies gain as a result of the new Iraqi constitution?

This is just a cost benefit analysis, any discussion about US motivations in engaging in the Iraq war I would consider out of scope. Iraq nationalized oil production in 1972 (source). Following the ...

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