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Why did France oppose Fiona Scott Morton's nomination so strongly?

Macron has since his election tried to build a startup nation to make France competitive toward the US in the tech sector. Having a European representative that has an history of defending companies ...
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Why is the European Commission promoting meat consumption?

The EU has an extensive farming support framework called the CAP. It subsidizes lots of things, healthy or not. First, to your claim. Moderate meat consumption is not necessarily all that bad for ...
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What kind of energy sources is the EU planning to label as green?

Unfortunately, like many EU documents, the actual document being discussed is not easily digestible and as a result, many news articles have over-simplified the changes. The main changes are to the ...
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What is the difference between The Council of Europe and the European Union?

Since, Council of Europe came first, why did it not metamorph into the European Union? The Council of Europe (CoE) only came first by a couple of years, the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) ...
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Where does Starbucks Europe pay taxes?

It's not customary for a businesses to complain to the European Council. They can lobby it for new rules but its role is limited. The regular procedure to dispute a Commission decision of the kind you ...
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Why did France oppose Fiona Scott Morton's nomination so strongly?

As the Q was about France's opposition, Macron has made it pretty clear he did not appreciate an American having this job: President Emmanuel Macron waded into the issue saying he was "dubious&...
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Why does the EU commission want to classify methane as green?

Because of money. From the first article linked, "EU reassessing role of natural gas in green finance rules, Commission says" (emphasis added): Brussels delayed a decision on whether power ...
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Why is Manfred Weber being opposed to as the next head of the European Commission?

I think you are misunderstanding the Spitzenkandidat system. The Parliament confirms the President of the Commission. On order to prevent backroom deals, several significant parties vowed to confirm ...
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Implications of Brexit Political Declaration

The UK is under no obligation to apply EU rules beyond the end of the transition period. If no deal is agreed, none of the EU treaties and laws must be upheld. Parliament incorporated most EU law into ...
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Can the European Commission president reject a candidate because of his/her gender not matching the global division between genders?

The president doesn't formally reject any candidate, there is no hearing or votes like in the European Parliament. The president doesn't name Commissioners either, s/he just gives them a portfolio. ...
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What will happen to British seats in EU parliament/ EU council if Brexit gets cancelled?

In may we had European elections to elect the European Parliament. The British (being near Brexit date) didn't vote for these elections Yes we did, running European parliament elections in the UK was ...
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Are there any concrete measures taken by the European Commission to regulate the "golden passports"?

The member states are each and all still sovereign nations. As such they can decide to confer citizenship by whatever standards they see fit to apply, completely at their own sovereign discretion. The ...
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What are the main criteria used by the European Commission to compute the COVID-19 vaccines to be received by the member state?

Written questions from MEPs to the European Commission on this topic from October & November were answered by Stella Kyriakides, the EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, in February (1) (2) ...
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Why does the EU commission want to classify methane as green?

I wanted to add another technical aspect to the answers (that at least some experts in the EU commision should be aware of). Renewable electricty producers like wind and solar fluctuate heavily in ...
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Why has Macron/France insisted that the UK must nominate a commissioner?

Member nations of the EU are required to appoint a commissioner. The new EU commission starts work on 1 November. The UK did not nominate a new commissioner because it was scheduled to leave the EU ...
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Has the EU or EC done anything to stop laborers from North Korea from being exploited in Poland?

From the report submitted to the UN Security Council (UNSC) from Warsaw’s UN delegation in December 26, 2019: The number of North Korean nationals working in Poland is now down zero Hence this ...
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Why did France oppose Fiona Scott Morton's nomination so strongly?

Fiona Scott Morton work so far makes her essentially a lobbyist for the interests of US big tech companies. She has consulted for several of them and for the US government on the topic of tech ...
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Can Hungary stop the EC from cutting Poland's subsidies?

No, Hungary cannot intervene unilaterally. However, a decision by the European Commission could cancel the penalty payments or cap them at a certain amount. The fine was imposed in accordance with ...
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Why is the European Commission promoting meat consumption?

EU has many meat and diary product producers who need to sell their produce (I mean especially farmers, rather than big corporations). We are talking here about millions of jobs. This reflects on the ...
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Why does the EU commission want to classify methane as green?

The EU commission has been discussing for several months a proposal to classify Methane as a green energy source, so something that is a little bit less dirty than the worst options available would ...
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Does an election necessarily involve selection?

Britannica defines Election, the formal process of selecting a person for public office or of accepting or rejecting a political proposition by voting. I'm guessing there are other definitions. Yes, ...
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Does an election necessarily involve selection?

An election is generally defined as a group decision-making process in which individuals are selected to hold public office. So, not all votes are elections, but all elections will necessarily involve ...
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Did the European Commission start an infringement procedure related to the quality of one or multiple EU members health systems?

In theory at least, healthcare is a shared competence, but I think it's probably not within the remit of the Commission to outright compel changes or punish countries (e.g. via the infringement ...
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Why has Macron/France insisted that the UK must nominate a commissioner?

It seems it's to make things as kosher as possible: Von der Leyen’s view is that the UK would need to appoint a commissioner if Brexit negotiations were extended past the 31 October. Article 17 (5) ...
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Where does Starbucks Europe pay taxes?

What I gather from the general media coverage is that Starbucks pays taxes everywhere it does businesses. The issue with respect to the Netherlands specifically is this, according to DW: In 2008, ...
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