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Why is participating in the European Parliamentary elections used as a threat?

Holding an EP election is an unavoidable physical fact that's hard for members of the public to not notice. For example, every registered voter will be sent a polling card. This makes it absolutely ...
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Would European Parliament members from the UK get to vote on the final Brexit deal?

Yes. To expand on armatita's comment, from the same source: The European Parliament will be important in determining the final withdrawal agreement. Whilst it has no formal role within the Brexit ...
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Running a General Election and the European Elections together

It's not unheard of to hold local council elections, Scottish parliament elections and Welsh assembly elections at the same time, e.g. 2016 - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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Can the EU Parliament's vote on terminology for plant-based meat and dairy substitutes lead to enforcing the new terminology upon the member states?

This is an amendment to an EU regulation. If approved by parliament and agreed by qualified majority vote in council and the commission then it would become "law" and would enter into force ...
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Why is participating in the European Parliamentary elections used as a threat?

Many UK politicians want Brexit. They are against any move that would make Brexit less likely or postpone it. Many UK and EU politicians believe that Brexit can only be postponed beyond the election ...
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What happens if an independent candidate in the UK gets two seats worth of votes in EU elections?

Great Britain uses a system called d'Hondt's method. This allocates seats to parties one at a time, as follows: For each list (party or independent candidate), a priority is calculated: P = V/(S+1), ...
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Why did a party with more votes get fewer seats in the 2019 European Parliament election in Denmark?

If I've correctly understood this auto-translated Danish article, Radikale Venstre (Social Liberals) were in an election alliance with Alternativet (The Alternative), so the votes of the latter were ...
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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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Who voted for anonymity in the vote on transparency in the European Parliament?

According to this source (German newspaper), the German part of the EVP (CDU/CSU) voted for anonymous votes. Which isn't surprising, as this party tends to favor companies who coincidentally gifted ...
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In the event of Brexit being postponed beyond the EU elections, will UK voters in EU countries be eligible to participate?

The rights of a UK citizen living in Germany to take part in the European Parliament elections to vote for German MEPs derives from your rights as an EU citizen. Therefore, speculatively, if Brexit ...
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Why is participating in the European Parliamentary elections used as a threat?

It's a threat for the Conservative and Labour parties, as they both also field candidates in the EU elections. It's likely that they will be severely beaten by pro-leave (UKIP) or pro-remain (Lib Dem)...
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Is there a way for EU to exclude a member country from assuming presidency?

In theory it's possible because it needs approval by the European Council. In the Treaty on the European Union in Article 16(9) you'll find: Article 16 (...) The Presidency of Council ...
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Did the Brexit Party "dominate" EU elections in the UK?

To summarize what I wrote in several comments... The least controversial conclusion about this election was that both Labour and the Conservatives got punished at the polls. Labor lost half their (...
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What exactly did the Brexit Party gain in the 2019 EU parliament election?

There are several questions here... By winning this can they [Brexit Party] have a significant impact on Brexit? No, in that they're not in power; but also yes, because they won the EU election in ...
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Where can I find the vote distribution of an EU directive?

Here is the relevant page on the website of the European Parliament. All votes are listed here. If the voting process is not anonymous, individual votes are recorded in the documents. This is the ...
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How to explain the importance of European Parliament elections to a regular folk living in Eastern Europe?

Explain some of what's at stake... Last I looked at one (> 10 years ago), the EU budget had two main chapters: a bunch of subsidies to farmers in the name of keeping them afloat (should they become ...
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Did the Brexit Party "dominate" EU elections in the UK?

There is no official definiton for "dominate." Using that word, especially in a media context, is a value judgement. One could easily say that the party with the largest single vote count "dominated" ...
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What is the purpose of electing European Parliament since the institution which propose new laws is European Commission?

This is not entirely accurate. While MEPs cannot propose laws all by themselves... they can request/vote for the Commision to submit a specific proposal. The Commission has the legislative initiative....
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Do legislators hold the right of legislative initiative?

In general In general, legislatures do not require the right of initiative (or even the right of amendment) to be called a legislature or for their members to be called legislators. A specific example ...
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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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How are French nuclear facilities and technology kept secret under the European Union?

The military cooperation in the EU is on the level of relatively vague security guarantees and overall policy coordination. It does not extend to the command and control of military units. EU ...
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Have there been any elections which were rendered completely irrelevant by later events?

I suggest the Greek referendum in July 2015 that rejected the EU memorandum about their national debt. The pressure put by the (mostly German) EU negotiators and the threat to block Greek banks ...
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Can a no-deal Brexit happen before the new extension end date of 31 October 2019?

From the April 11 agreement to extend article 50, Paragraph 9: the withdrawal should take place on the first day of the month following the completion of the ratification procedures or on 1 ...
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What is the purpose of electing European Parliament since the institution which propose new laws is European Commission?

You have already answered the question. MEPs review, amend and eventually approve or reject all European legislation. The Commission cannot pass any legislation without their approval. See here for ...
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Why are British voters more likely to back the main parties in general elections than in European Parliament elections?

As far as UKIP is concerned, their performance in the European elections consistently outperformed their performance in General Elections from about 1999 till 2015. After which, their vote collapsed ...
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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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How can Brexit with a deal be done by Oct 31 if the EU Parliament doesn't meet until November 14?

Judging by the plenary agenda link that Joe C provided, it seems they're booked next week from Monday to Thursday, and then have nothing planned until the Nov 13th. At the very least there's a ...
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Why do EU members have single or multiple parliamentary constituencies?

Member states are allowed to elect its MEPs in any way they wish, so long as it produces a proportional result. With respect to the choice with regards to constituencies, there are pros and cons to ...
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Why is participating in the European Parliamentary elections used as a threat?

The UK has taken steps to leave the EU based on a referendum in which the majority voted to leave. There have also been suggestions that there might be an attempt to not go ahead with Brexit all ...
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Is there any impact of voting for a list that will not get any representation?

Your vote may influence if other parties pass the 3% or 5% threshold. If you feel strong opposition to another small party, or if you have sympathy for a second preference, your vote might influence ...
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