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What percentage of rejected asylum seekers are successfully returned back to their home countries?

According to the most recent report on asylum claims in the EU (emphasis added, typo fixed): During the third quarter of 2018, 133,200 first instance decisions were made by the national authorities ...
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What percentage of asylum seekers who entered the EU during the 2015 refugee crisis were eventually granted full asylum?

Approximately one million asylum seekers arrived to the EU at the peak of the refugee crisis back in 2015. At that time, there were numerous debates in the public as to whether or not these were "true"...
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Why isn't Claire Grady the Acting Secretary of DHS?

As I understand it, by law, Claire Grady (the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security) becomes the Acting Secretary of DHS in absence of Nielsen. But it appears that the President is circumventing that ...
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Why is Grand Jury testimony secret?

I’ve been following US news lately, and am quite confused about something that keeps coming up: why can’t grand jury testimony be released? William Barr and others keep mentioning that a lot of the ...
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What is the motivation for a law requiring 2 parties to consent for recording a conversation

I asked this question in the law site, but I was told it has more to do with politics (same question in the law site). Let's assume A and B have a discussion about a business deal and A will record ...
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Is it possible for the two major parties in the UK to form a coalition with each other instead of a much smaller party?

For example, a coalition of Conservatives and Labour, as currently this would command a clear majority and represent a greater majority of the population. Surely representing more of the population ...
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What do hard-Brexiteers want with respect to the Irish border?

Hard-Brexiteers would like the UK to have a "clean break" with the EU, and in particular they don't want any part of the UK to stay even temporarily in the customs union (the so-called backstop). ...
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Is it allowed to invoke religion while campaigning in India?

I have seen a lot of politicians invoking religion while campaigning for elections in India. They usually drive up an "us vs them" mob mentality. While I feel that this is ethically wrong, is this ...
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Why have hardline Tory eurosceptics not resigned the whip to bring down the Government?

If my maths is correct, the Tory/DUP coalition has 323 seats. The opposition has 320. This means only two Tory MPs need to resign the whip to force a new Government: which presumably is exactly what ...
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How does the Speaker vote if there is a tie?

If there is a tie in a vote, how does the Speaker vote? Does the Speaker conventionally vote with the Government?
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What is the maximum sanction that can be placed on a UK government or PM for acting illegally

In recent weeks we have seen the Cooper bill designed to prevent a no-deal Brexit. MPs pass Bill designed to avoid no-deal Brexit My question is a hypothetical about constitutional law; if the PM ...
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Why were there so few candidates for the 2016 Democratic Primary?

The common reason why the 2016 Democratic Primary had so few candidates seems to be because no one wanted to go up against Hillary. But I’m not totally sold on this. Polling I’ve seen shows she really ...
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Should the British be getting ready for a no-deal Brexit? [closed]

As an American, I have been watching the Brexit proceedings with some confusion. To all appearances, British politicians do not want to compromise, and the European leaders do not want to compromise. ...
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How (un)common is it for the speaker to appear on television (parliamentary footage excluded)?

Speaker Bercow recently appeared in a Dutch talk show, however, I haven't seen him appear on any British TV shows (except of course for parliamentary footage in which he appears a lot for obvious ...
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How could a lack of term limits lead to a “dictatorship?”

I read this question on why countries impose term limits on leaders, but it seems that the answer is not what I wanted. The reason is basically "to prevent a dictatorship." The only issue is, the ...
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Thai elections and voters of 'unsound mind or of mental infirmity'

According to Wikipedia's page on elections in Thailand, under the 2007 constitution (not the current one) certain people are ineligible to vote (emphasis is mine): Those barred from voting in House ...
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What's the difference between repeating elections every few years and repeating a referendum after a few years?

There's a lot of talk in the UK these days about how holding a second referendum on Brexit would be "undemocratic" and "go against the spirit of referendums". However repeating a vote doesn't seem all ...
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What are the disadvantages of a WTO Brexit(Clean Break)? [closed]

So I just listened to Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, say now in Dublin that "if the UK were to leave the EU without a deal, let me be very, very clear. We would not discuss anything ...
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Why did Morocco invade the Spanish Perejil island in 2002?

Morocco invaded Spanish Perejil island in 2002. Why (political intention) they did it?
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Do any democracies besides the UK have a ban on broadcasting parliamentary footage for comedic purposes?

When I first heard this on John Oliver's show, I thought it was a joke, but apparently there is a real ban in the UK on broadcasting parliamentary footage for the purpose of comedy. Do any other ...
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Is repealing the EU Withdrawal Act a precondition of revoking Article 50?

If Brexit were to be cancelled, at some point the EU Withdrawal Act (2018) would need to be repealed. Would such a repeal be a precondition of any notification to revoke the UK's Article 50 notice? ...
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Can people use the Maori language instead of English for New Zealand citizenship?

New Zealand’s government say Māori (Te Reo) is another official language beside English. Can people use Māori instead of English for the citizenship language test? From the Wikipedia article on Māori:...
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Failure of Ujjwala Scheme (LPG subsidies) in India

Despite massive publicity, the Government of India's much-hyped Ujjwala scheme which had promised to wean away rural women from using wood as fuel in the kitchens has failed big time. What are the ...
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Why do UK politicians seemingly ignore opinion polls on Brexit?

Looking at the Brexit opinion polls it seems that the public is consistently in favor of staying in the EU ever since July 2017, with the gap between 'leave' and 'remain' slowly widening over time. So ...
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What Brexit solution does the DUP want?

In the context of the debate after May's deal was voted down, I've seen a fair amount of reporting on what the DUP doesn't want, but I haven't been able to find anything much on what they do want, ...
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Could a US political party gain complete control over the government by removing checks & balances?

I was talking to a friend some time ago about American politics, political parties, etc. During this conversation, I thought of something: If a single party controlled both the house and senate, they ...
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Is EU Single Market membership part of the backstop?

Is EU Single Market membership part of the backstop in the Withdrawal Agreement?
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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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Do any Labour MPs support no-deal?

This week Theresa May has reached across one parliamentary divide to ask the Labour Party to work with her to pass a Brexit deal. This necessity has been reached because the PM is unable to reach ...
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Was the referendum on the Good Friday Agreement called “confirmatory” at the time?

In the context of a 2nd Brexit referendum discussion Peter Kyle Labour, Hove Last week, 268 Members voted for the principle of a confirmatory ballot—the largest number of votes for any ...
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What is a “confirmatory” referendum in the context of Brexit?

The topic of a second referendum on Brexit has been discussed since the time of the first referendum. However, recently, there is a lot of talk in UK politics about a "confirmatory" referendum. For ...
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Why are drinking laws so strict in the USA?

In the USA, alcohol laws are very strict and specific, while in most other parts of the world they are very lax. What's the reason?
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Has the BBC provided arguments for saying Brexit being cancelled is unlikely?

I have been following Brexit on the BBC website, for example, this article. They have consistently said it's unlikely that Brexit will be cancelled (at times I think they said "very unlikely"), but ...
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What dictates the order of languages used by the UN?

In the image below, what dictates the order of the languages on the top banner (e.g. why English and then French?
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Is worker ownership considered one of the “schools” of socialist economic thought?

Most debate over socialism nowadays, revolves around traditional "state socialism" vs. social democracy. In the former system, the government owns and operates productive business enterprises, while ...
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Is the East African Federation politically feasable? [closed]

Today I found out about a recently proposed new state called the East African Federation. It's a country that's made up of 6 unified east African states: Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania ...
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Saudi nuclear reactor “identified” in satellite images

There is a recent spate of news articles, for example, by CBC.ca: Saudi Arabia is about a year away from completing the building of its first nuclear reactor, according to Google satellite images ...
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Why are 150k or 200k jobs considered good when there are 300k+ births a month?

It would seem that most people who are born will eventually enter the workforce. Maybe that entry is delayed due to college or enlistment or that very important backpacking trip through Europe, but it ...
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Was any UN Security Council vote triple-vetoed?

It's reasonably well known that some UN Security Council resolutions were vetoed by two permanent members. Recent examples include Russia and China jointly vetoing resolutions on Syria and on ...
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Which country benefited the most from UN Security Council vetoes?

By benefited I mean avoided any sort of a negative decisions that could have been made by the UN Security Council if a big power didn't use the veto, such as being condemned, criticized, sanctioned, ...
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Why does the EU insist on the backstop when it is clear in a no deal scenario they still intend to keep an open border?

The controversial backstop is seen by the hard-line Brexiteers as a trap by the EU to keep Northern Ireland permanently in a customs union without an option to get out if the UK wanted. In a no deal ...
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Is there any impact of voting for a list that will not get any representation?

Members of the European Parliament for France are chosen proportionally, according to the votes received by each list of candidates, provided that the list receives more than 5% of the votes. The ...
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What will be the long term effects of the unprecedented actions the UK parliament has been taking recently? [closed]

Recently the UK parliament has taken some unprecedented actions, such as taking control of their business from the government on several occasions, and yesterday rushing through a bill in just a few ...
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UK: Is there precedent for the government's e-petition site changing the direction of a government decision? [duplicate]

In 2006 the UK government implemented a website for 'e-petitions' to streamline the process of petitioning the government on specific issues. The problem I have with this system is that the most ...
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What are the reasons for buying weapon systems from other countries?

I was wondering, when reading about Turkey being about to buy a S-400 defense system from Russia, how could they even consider that being an option. I get that global alliances went a bit obscured ...
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Manifesto Preparation by Political parties in India

I was browsing through the manifesto of INC for the parliamentary election, 2019. There were some really good ideas in all areas. The promises and plan of action were spread across all types of topics ...
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Which UK politicians claimed that German car makers would ensure a good Brexit deal for the UK?

Before the 2016 referendum I recall a number of claims that the German car makers would make Angela Merkel (somehow) make the rest of Europe give the UK a good deal. I know Nigel Farage made this ...
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Why do UK MPs give way?

User luchonacho asks about the process of MPs giving way in the UK House of Commons. I’m curious as to why MPs give way so frequently when: Parliamentary speaking time is at a premium Interruptions ...
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Wealth disparity in India

Why is the wealth disparity increasing in India despite it being a socialist country? Is India a socialist country only in name? Even though the preamble to the constitution of India explicitly ...
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What happens if EU chooses a prosecutor that is not allowed to leave her country?

The main favorite in getting the EU prosecutor job (Kovesi) has been accused of corruption in Romania: Romanian magistrate Laura Codruta Kovesi, a hot favourite to become the EU’s first-ever top ...

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