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Pension reforms. Why is the debate constrained to raising the retirement age or not, with no intermediate solutions?

This question was inspired by the French pension reform, but also in other European countries the situation is not different. The debate seems framed between the two extremes. Increase or not the ...
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How was the Fed allowed to lend $142.8 billion to the two bridge banks (incl. SVB) if it "would not" lend to insolvent banks?

I'm rather confused how this was legally possible: Banks borrowed $152.85 billion at the Fed on Wednesday, up from $4.58 billion a week before, according to new data released Thursday. The daily ...
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Why do Indian-Americans earn more than other ethnic groups in the US?

I have a very poor understanding of India. I know the caste system has held their society back (as class mobility is deliberately limited to lower castes by treating them as second-class human beings) ...
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Did Russia communicate President Vladimir Putin's planned Mariupol visit to Ukraine for deconfliction purposes?

When US President Biden visited Kiev, it is thought that Russia was made aware of the visit ahead of time for purposes of deconfliction - for example to avoid a Russian attack on Kiev while unaware ...
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Are Heads of State automatically covered by diplomatic immunity on official visits?

As an example, is the US President covered by diplomatic immunity when visiting an official summit in Brazil? Or could they in theory be arrested like any other foreigner?
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Did Macron win any of the young left-wing voters in the 2nd round of the elections?

If one reads France24's vignettes of the young, left-wing voters before the 2nd round of the 2022 French presidential election, you could almost swear none were going to vote Macron: "Macron or ...
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What has changed in the last decade that causes tent cities to spring up?

As a regular visitor to the United States (Texas and Oregon, mostly) I can see that a lot of slum-like encampments have sprung up during the last decade, probably even the last few years. Some are so ...
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Why did African Americans and Native Americans vote too oppositely on the Affirmative Action poll?

I found a tabular analysis on Wikipedia about affirmative action. It shows: "Supporters and opponents of affirmative action in California 2020". Popular Group For Affirmative Action Against ...
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What’s the Realpolitik reason for Macron to change the retirement age despite this being very unpopular?

President Macron recently invoked Article 49.3 of the French constitution, allowing him to bypass the normal legislative process. This measure is quite unpopular and might result in him getting voted ...
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Differences in hand positions when leaders are taking oaths to constitutions, what are the origins and symbolisms involved? [closed]

Recently China's leader Xi Jinping took the Constitutional oath of office of China. Five years ago his left hand was on a document (China's constitution?) and his right hand was raised, palm forward, ...
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How common is it for a country's main political parties to completely swap platforms (as occurred in the 20th-century United States)?

Background Since the late 1850s, the United States has had two major political parties, the Democratic and Republican parties. For most of the first half of this time - from the mid-19th century to ...
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Why didn’t the USA government ask USA companies to take action against India’s neutral stance on the Russo-Ukrainian War? [closed]

The Russo-Ukrainian War is an ongoing conflict that began in 2014. India appears to have changed its stance on the war. According to Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar’s statement in the Upper House of ...
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How does the Chinese Politburo maintain a tight grip on the decision-making processes in all of China's government bodies?

How does the Chinese Politburo maintain a tight grip on the decision-making processes in all of China's government bodies such as the National People's Congress and the State Council? China is known ...
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Aukus deal. Was Australia called in to share ballooning development costs?

The Aukus deal is a trilateral security pact between Australia, the Uk and the US. The biggest part of the pact is the acquisition of nuclear powered submarines jointly developed by the three ...
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Impact of extending free childcare on availability of provision

The UK government budget announcement this week included an expansion of free childcare places phased in over the next couple of years to cover all under fives. The existing provision of 30 hours a ...
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Is Judicial activism legitimate? [closed]

Is it preferable for a judiciary to interpret laws against the drafter's intent for reasons such as protecting minority rights or avoiding arbitrary use of the law? What are the effects of this?
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Why isn't Argentina part of the F-35 program?

https://asiatimes.com/2023/03/china-argentina-on-verge-of-region-rattling-fighter-deal/ This week, South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported that Argentina’s Ambassador to China Sabino Vaca Narvaja ...
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What is the basis for Russia calling the ICC "the puppet of the West"?

Citing it straight from the horse's mouth, @ Tass The International Criminal Court (ICC), which is ready to exercise pseudo-justice on the orders of the West, has proved its inferiority, Russian ...
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How is the ICC warrant supposed to restrict Putin's travel abroad given that he's in possession of diplomatic immunity?

According to The Guardian: Putin is likely to evade justice in the near future: Russia does not recognise the court’s jurisdiction, and insisted on Friday it was not affected by the warrants. But the ...
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Is an ICC warrant sufficient to override diplomatic immunity in signatory nations?

As per recent news: The International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin over alleged war crimes in Ukraine, a move dismissed by Moscow as ...
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Can the CSU circumvent the new election laws of Germany?

The German Bundestag changed the election laws today. The CSU could now face the following situation at the next general election: They win nearly all constituencies in Bavaria, but they only get 4,9% ...
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What's the point of issuing an arrest warrant for Putin given that the chances of him getting arrested are effectively zero?

As per recent news: The International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin over alleged war crimes in Ukraine, a move dismissed by Moscow as ...
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If the left believes in climate change being an extinction-level risk, why are they reluctant to grant concessions to the right in order to stop it?

Politicians and activists on the Left often portray climate change as a risk so big that it threatens to cause the human race to go extinct. Logically this means that: If I have to choose between ...
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How often is Article 49.3 of the French Constitution used?

According to recent news: On Thursday, French Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne announced that the government was resorting to Article 49.3 of the Constitution to force the bill through parliament ...
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Why do industrial actions in France seem to happen more frequently, visibly, and intensely than in other EU states?

Obviously asking due to ongoing protests against pension reform in France. This might be just a perception issue, but it seems France has a reputation for having more frequent, visible, and intense ...
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How do Realists explain US intervention in the Korean War?

Many sources argue that President Harry Truman went into Korea to prevent the conquest of an independent nation by the communist North. His motivations stemmed from the urge to resist the advancing ...
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What's the purpose of the Global Civilization Initiative?

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and Chinese president, proposed the Global Civilization Initiative when he delivered a keynote speech at the ...
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Is it legal to dump fuel on another aircraft in international airspace? What about on a drone?

Video released by the US shows Russian aircraft repeatedly dumping fuel on a US drone, said to be in international airspace. While the subsequent collision was probably not intended, it's hard to ...
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How do unpopular policies arise in democracies?

Very recent example: Macron bypassed parliament to enact French retirement bill amid protests against the bill. There are several pedestrian explanations I can think of: The decision makers believe ...
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Why didn't Silicon Valley Bank ask for a loan from the Fed as the lender of last resort?

Why didn't Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) ask for a loan from the Federal Reserve as the lender of last resort? Why did they, in order to give customers cash for withdrawals from deposit accounts, sell ...
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Was Silicon Valley Bank's failure due to "Trump-era deregulation", and/or do Democrats share blame for it?

In CNN's March 13 2023 State of the Union clip Expert advises all depositors to get their money out of collapsed bank after 05:58, CNN's Kaitlan Collins introduces US Senator Elizabeth Warren's tweet: ...
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Have US President Biden's approval ratings increased or decreased after Hersh claimed that the US blew up Nordstream under Biden's order?

Around 2021, when the construction of NordStream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany was completed and it nearly became operational, US President Biden faced heavy criticism from his own party and ...
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Issuing stimulus payment as credit card

The purpose of issuing stimulus money was twofold, the way I see it. First, to help out individuals having difficulty meeting their day to day needs during the pandemic. Second, to prop up the economy ...
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Is this communist-like economic ideology already a thing?

Everyone knows what communism is, and generally in the real world it doesn’t work out for the people. Communism has many flaws and after a long while of thinking how these flaws can be fixed it became ...
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Does it make sense from a pro-Ukrainian perspective to sabotage Nord Stream?

Some unnamed US intelligence officials cited by the New York Times suggest that a pro-Ukrainian group may be involved in the destruction of the Nord Stream pipelines. But at the time of the explosions,...
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Why did Poland, Finland and some other EU countries ban Russian citizens from entering? [duplicate]

I was surprised to learn that Estonia, Czechia, Finland, Poland, Latvia and Lithuania banned Russian citizens from entering for tourism purposes. What are the practical reasons for doing so? Or was it ...
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Does China sell more weapons to Iran or to Saudi Arabia?

Interestingly, China is selling some non-trivial weapons like ballistic missiles to the "traditional US ally" Saudi Arabia. Is it possible to know if China sells more weapons [e.g. in terms ...
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Who described creative destruction as a process that will eventually balance the jobs created and destroyed?

I read many times articles talking about possible job losses caused by technological changes referring to Creative destruction as a hint that eventually as many jobs will be created thereafter. Often ...
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What is the motivation for the merceneries to join Prigozhin's Wagner PMC? [closed]

I read that Wagner PMC recruits criminals from Russian prisons to fight in Ukraine. They pay as high as US$ 14000/month. However, they have no or minimal training in combat and are practically being ...
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How do these contradictory claims about the US national debt square against each other?

(Not sure if this should be on the Economics SE or Skeptics SE) The first source is this, from which there is an image: This clearly implies that the US federal budget decreased under Obama, Carter, ...
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Why are most US news programs silent about Iran-Saudi deal announced at Beijing on March 10th?

Saudi Arabia, Iran restore relations in a deal brokered by China on March 10th. Now 3 days have passed, but I only saw MSNBC and BBC briefly reported it on their TV programs once. All the other news ...
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Why not print more money rather than taxes? [duplicate]

To my understanding, printing money devalues the currency because there is now more money in circulation. Now, the purpose of taxes is to absorb money back into the government directly. However, this ...
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Can Rahul Gandhi ask other democratic nations to intervene in their democracy?

Rahul Gandhi a sitting Member of Parliament of India who went to London and asked Europe and USA to intervene in what he sees as the collapse of democracy in India, which is a sovereign nation. Isn't ...
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Why is the ongoing auction for Silicon Valley Bank started held privately (vs. publicly)?

I read on Regulators Hold Auction for Silicon Valley Bank (The Wall Street Journal): Treasury officials confirmed the auction to lawmakers and staff on a call Sunday afternoon, according to people ...
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Does the Federal Reserve insure the money of all depositors?

Banking institutions in the United States are required to hold reserves‍—‌amounts of currency and deposits in other banks‍—‌equal to only a fraction of the amount of the bank's deposit liabilities ...
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What is the scope of judicial review by the Supreme Court of India?

The various articles of the constitution (Part V, Chapter IV - The Union Judiciary) regarding the supreme court seem to give the impression that their conduct is heavily regulated by presidential ...
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What does China have to gain from renewed ties between Saudi Arabia and Iran?

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/03/11/us/politics/saudi-arabia-iran-china-biden.html China has been seeking military bases of its own in the region as it pursues energy resources and influence beyond ...
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To what extent is "right to privacy" related to "right to good name / reputation"?

There is a detail in Article 12 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights that I find interesting: No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, ...
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Why is the punishment for dowry crimes so severe in comparison to other forms of extortion?

Dowry (where the parents of the bride pay the parents of the groom), in India has a minimum sentence of 5 years even for non aggressive and non-coerced dowry. This is in comparison to other violent ...
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How does one measure the detailed understanding of the laws by the legislators who are passing it?

It is clear that laws are drafted with an immense level of attention to minute legalistic detail with care often put into the choices of every word. Indeed, needless to say, courts and litigation ...
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