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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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Did the Lisbon Treaty to some degree encode directives that were already in effect, and simply move them into treaty law?

As I understand it, the Lisbon Treaty ammended the two core treaties of the European Union: the Treaty on European Union (TEU), and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). Did the ...
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What is the reform mechanism of the European Union?

What is the reform mechanism of the European Union? Is there a process built-in to the design of the EU to enable reform?
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What happens to the money during a government shutdown?

In the US, which part of the government is holding the money due to federal employees? During a government shutdown, what happens to this money? Is it reinvested through short-term lending?
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If a US Supreme Court Justice is physically unable to work, are any mechanisms in place to choose their successor?

There have been a few justices in the past that have "gone off their rockers" in the last few years of their careers, but from what I understand, unless they retire, they couldn't be replaced. But ...
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Is the US Congress more divided now than early on?

The US Congress has been very divided and partisan for my whole adult life, 10 years. There seems to be this idea of how politicians used to work together to get things done, and the house and senate ...
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Anti-deceptive electioneering law

In light of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential elections and clandestine Democratic efforts to use deceptive tactics in the recent Alabama senate race, it is clear that social media as a ...
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Who sets US tariffs, Congress or the executive branch? [duplicate]

I am pretty sure that tariffs are supposed to be set by laws enacted by Congress in the United States, at least according to the Constitution. However, I keep hearing about this or that president ...
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The contract of an MP

The Parliamentary Oath is taken by all MPs. Are any other oaths taken by MPs? Is there a written contract that they must sign: for example to commit to represent their constituents?
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Are there rules about the position an MP should take on an issue?

As far as I know the UK is a representative democracy. I think this means small co-located populations send representatives to a central Parliament to act on their behalf in the legislature. So ...
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Who voted for anonymity in the vote on transparency in the European Parliament?

Today the 31st of January 2019 there was a vote in the European Parliament on the topic of transparency with regards to contacts with lobbyists (link in swedish). This vote was decided to be cast ...
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Why does the Department of State contain the word “state”? [duplicate]

I'd like to get a better understanding of the role of the Department of State when viewed as a citizen, a resident of one of the 50 US states, and as a non-US political entity. I conflate the term ...
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What if a President-elect is found to be an invalid candidate? [duplicate]

The recent question about a fictional character winning an election got me thinking about the not-a-citizen arguments from a previous election. There was a lot of talk about if he was an eligible ...
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Has there been a decline in EU-skepticism since Brexit?

I have seen people (including actual politicians) state that since Brexit, the skepticism against the EU amongst member-nations has fallen, possibly due to what a fiasco Brexit has actually turned out ...
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Are WTO rules benign and easy to live with?

About 60% of Britain's export trade is with the EU (including those countries with whom the EU has trade agreements such as Japan, South Korea etc). It is frequently claimed by Brexiteers that we ...
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What does it mean to “leave the backstop”?

Imagine a scenario where the Withdrawal Agreement, as it currently stands, (the one which the House of Commons has rejected by 230 votes), is signed, and following a Transition Period, the UK and EU ...
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Why does the Green New Deal push for green energy but not for nuclear energy?

It seems strange to me that that the new green deal wants clean and renewable power from solar and wind energy yet oppose nuclear energy. I have been googling experts consensus on nuclear energy and ...
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Do members of the royal family need permission to talk to people on the phone? [closed]

My friend thinks she is communicating with Prince Andrew. However communication happens only through hangouts, he keeps telling her he needs special permission to talk to anyone on a regular phone ...
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What is a “government by techology” called?

What is the technical term for a "government by technology" called? By "by technology" I mean that, for example, a computer program's decisions form the basis of governance. Is this "technocracy"?
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Are Americans allowed to use deadly force against illegal immigrants? [closed]

If Trump officially declares a national state of emergency, stating that people coming across the border illegally is a threat to our national security, are Americans allowed to use deadly force ...
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Democratic legitimacy in the Westminster system

This is a question about how effectively the public can endanger an MP's job at a General Election. The Westminster system enables the public to campaign for or against any MP-candidate in any ...
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What specific FBI policy/procedure required 29 FBI agents and 17 vehicles sent to arrest Roger Stone?

What specific FBI policy/policies are there that required 29 FBI agents and 17 vehicles (according to Stone's personal account) to be sent for his arrest? Is there any specific policy regarding the ...
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Who would become the US President if a fictional character like Cthulhu is elected?

In the year 20XX, Cthulhu is "elected" President of United States. Namely, by "elected", I mean that enough people in the right patterns and places vote for Cthulhu[1] that 270+ electoral votes by ...
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How feasible is the green new deal?

I am trying to look up the cost and benefits to implement the green new deal and I can not find any such cost benefit analysis. I understand that the benefits may be a bit intangible so I guess I am ...
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Are EU Parliament speeches re-translated to minimize “lost in translation”?

According to this article a Romanian minister speech was particularly hard to translate, so the various (real-time?) translations were quite different: English Let me tell you that the fact that I ...
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What would be the repercussions if Venezuela defaulted on Russia's loan?

Recently the Russian Ministry of Finance stated it expects Venezuela to provide payments on time. Given the U.S. has imposed sanctions against Venezuela, would the economic influence on Venezuela ...
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How much power does the Senate Majority Leader have?

Following this question: Why is the Senate leader allowed to decide which bills to vote on? - how much power exactly does Senate Majority Leader have? Let's suppose that the Senate is split 51-49 ...
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What personal identification documents does the British Royal Family have?

What personal identification does the Royal Family have? Does the care allow all members of the Royal Family to travel any place with just that card?
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How is Juan Guaido able to claim the Presidency of Venezuela without an election?

In the last few weeks, Juan Guaido, the head of the Venezuelan National Assembly, has been increasingly referring to himself as the legitimate President, as opposed to Nicholas Maduro who held dubious ...
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EU plans for UK-Ireland border in case of no-deal brexit

Seeing how a no-deal brexit seems more likely than ever before, has the EU presented any plans for the UK-Ireland border in case of a no-deal brexit? I am particularly interested in plans by the EU ...
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How to donate to most likely minor party congressional candidate in the US?

I would like to see non-major-party candidates elected to congress. I don't care which state, and I don't much care what their platform is. Are there any political organizations whose mission is to ...
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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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Is there any precedent for refusing to withdraw an ambassador on grounds of illegitimacy?

Is there any precedent for this? We welcome interim President Guaido’s directive to all diplomatic missions in Venezuela that Venezuela intends to maintain diplomatic relations with all countries. ...
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Is the appointing of a Government by the leader of the party that wins a General Election merely a convention?

In the UK the executive (the Government) is appointed by the leader of the party that wins a General Election, with appointees chosen from MPs and Lords (I think). But is this merely a convention as ...
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Did the US encourage the 2002 military coup against Chavez?

I have a problem. I'm trying to understand the crisis in Venezuela at the moment, and I've seen many videos on Youtube which purport to explain it correctly. Many videos make starkly opposite claims, ...
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Should Trinidad and Tobago(and many other Caribbean islands?) be considered part of North America? [duplicate]

By most common definitions, the entire Caribbean, with the exception of a few Dutch territories are in North America, despite many being quite close to the South American Coast. This seems sort of ...
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Implications of Martial Law in the UK

Whitehall officials have been gaming a state of emergency and even the introduction of martial law in the event of disorder after a no-deal Brexit — https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/martial-law-...
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How does Donald Trump shut the government down? [duplicate]

What eludes me is how the president is able to shut down the government, and why nothing has been done about it.

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