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What does "far right tilt" actually mean in the context of the EU in 2024?

The EU does not have a unified political culture. There were 27 distinct elections for 27 distinct contingents of EU legislators, who will then try to fit into Europe-wide factions. From time to time, ...
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What are some roadblocks preventing a free trade agreement between the EU and the US?

First you can see the lengthly TTIP negotiations as proof that the US and the EU were definitely trying to get a free trade agreement. Here are a few points that made getting a free trade agreement ...
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Would it make sense for a country to have an embassy for the whole of the EU instead of an embassy in each country?

Would it make sense for a country to have an embassy for the whole of the EU instead of an embassy in each country? Not really. While E.U. member nations have a border control union (for both people ...
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Why does the EU find the foreign agent law in Georgia against their values?

There is quite a practice worldwide to name a law in a way only partially related to its content. The law has only little to do with the foreign influence. It is about the domestic opposition. https://...
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What are some roadblocks preventing a free trade agreement between the EU and the US?

Part of the answer was public sentiment. A few currents of public opinion converged here: The European political left is traditionally anti-American, and much of the moderate populace is America-...
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Is there a reason why Liechtenstein is not a member of the European Union?

You quoted the answer yourself: It has a customs union and a monetary union with Switzerland. Like the other European dwarf states, Liechtenstein is dependent on a large neighboring state for its ...
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Why does the EU find the foreign agent law in Georgia against their values?

Because the current politicial situation in Georgia is that the law is about the Western (EU, UK, USA) agents and their organizations. No one wants that his costly built up "soft power" ...
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Why does the EU believe that there's no need for an across the board harmonisation of member states' tax systems?

This is due to the principle of subsidiarity When applied in the context of the EU, the principle of subsidiarity serves to regulate the exercise of the Union’s non-exclusive powers. It rules out ...
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Why does the EU find the foreign agent law in Georgia against their values?

Because it restricts freedom of association and equates foreign funding with being an agent controlled by a foreign power. The Georgian draft bill is very similar to Russia's 2022 law that was ruled ...
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Why did Eastern EU members embrace refugees from Ukraine but not refugees from other nations?

Three answers, which apply to different degrees in different countries: Many people in these countries feel also threatened by Russia. Their reaction is not to appease Russia but to confront it, and ...
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How do EU countries handle trade disputes between each other?

EU members have agreed by treaty not to take trade disputes to the WTO. This is one of the effects of the following article of the Union's founding treaties: Article 344 (ex Article 292 TEC) Member ...
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Who does the EU represent when negotiating with other countries on trade?

The imports and exports of EU countries are strongly regulated by the EU. The reason for that is the European Single Market. The EU is basically one big free trade area. Goods, services, people and ...
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Does the EU mitigate for circumstances where an EU member doesn't have an embassy with another EU country?

Portugal has ambassadors for all EU countries, but some of them are accredited as "non-residents" (Embaixador não residente), which means the embassy is seated elsewhere and serves multiple ...
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What are some roadblocks preventing a free trade agreement between the EU and the US?

There were a lot of stumbling blocks and hurdles with TTIP, but here are two major ones: In 2016, the United States elected a President who ran on a platform of Isolationism and Protectionism, and had ...
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What does "far right tilt" actually mean in the context of the EU in 2024?

Across the EU, the far right is not a uniform, homogeneous group. The Rassemblement National, the French far right party, distanced itself from the AfD, the German far right party, over remarks about ...
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Why does the EU believe that there's no need for an across the board harmonisation of member states' tax systems?

Historically speaking, taxes are a major subject of social strife. For as long as we have reliable records, social groups have attempted to both benefit from taxes and exempt themselves from as many ...
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Why does the ECB hold a large foreign currency reserve?

The primary purpose of the ECB is to maintain monetary stability. One tool it can use is purchasing financial assets to maintain their price. If it decides to purchase euros, to preserve the value of ...
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Is there a reason why Liechtenstein is not a member of the European Union?

From an Interview with the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag: Der Regierungschef von Liechtenstein, Adrian Hasler, hält sein Land für zu klein, um Mitglied der Europäischen Union zu werden. „Ein EU-...
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Western politicians who accused Israel of starving Gaza

On April 6, 2024, Irish Prime Minister-designate (Taoiseach-designate) and leader of the governing Fine Gael party Simon Harris said: Anyone who can countenance deliberate starvation has lost their ...
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What does "far right tilt" actually mean in the context of the EU in 2024?

Anti-Immigrant, Pro-Pollution, Nationalist A simple description of the European far-right might be: Anti Immigrant - they want to drastically cut immigration and possibly expel recent arrivals Pro-...
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Why did Eastern EU members embrace refugees from Ukraine but not refugees from other nations?

Culture. I am from the Netherlands, and here we are much more open towards Ukrainian refugees than African/Middle Eastern refugees. The given reasons by most people are: They are actually women and ...
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Would it make sense for a country to have an embassy for the whole of the EU instead of an embassy in each country?

Sort of. A single embassy can be responsible for relations with multiple countries, and ambassadors can be accredited to multiple countries at once (dual accreditation). This tool is commonly used in ...
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Why does Denmark provide a significantly lower level of protection to some refugees if there's a Common European Asylum System?

In the Edinburgh Agreement (1992), Denmark secured an opt-out from matters relating to justice and home affairs at the EU level. As a result, Denmark is the only EU member state not bound by the CEAS ...
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Why did the EU stop publishing the adjusted/unexplained wage gap numbers since 2018?

The estimates you cite are based on the Structure of earnings survey (SES), which is a 4-yearly survey: The 4-yearly SES microdata sets are available for reference years 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, and ...
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Is there an advantage in being a member of the EFTA, but not a member of the EU?

While the EFTA's history can be a little confusing, it's not quite right to think of it as an alternate EU with a different membership. First, the scope and level of economic integration of the EFTA ...
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Which is the most recent European country that joined the EU without a referendum?

Both Bulgaria and Romania joined the EU on 1 January 2007 without a referendum. Since then, only Croatia has joined the EU (1 July 2013) and Croatia did have a referendum (2012). See Referendums ...
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What are Hungary PM Orban's stated reasons why letting in Ukraine would not be in the EU's interest?

He wasn't super detailed in that moment, sticking to generalities; AP quoted: “Hungary’s perspective is clear: Ukraine is not ready for us to begin negotiations on its EU membership. It’s a ...
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What is the political argument of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy that Ukraine should not join NATO or EU, and remain neutral?

This is because he thinks that the situation he describes as a solution for Ukraine (no EU, no Nato, Russia officially gets occupied territories) is stable and will not result Russia, after declaring ...
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Is the requirement of being aligned with the EU's foreign policy in order to join it written into law?

Yes, it is part of Chapter 31 of the acquis. Chapters which compliance is required to join the EU The common foreign and security policy (CFSP) and the European security and defence policy (ESDP) are ...
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