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Why are non-Schengen countries excluded from the Covid-19 US travel ban?

The official rationale, according to Trump's presidential proclamation, is that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) could become overwhelmed "if sustained human-to-human transmission ...
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What has the reaction from the EU been to Trump suspending travel from the whole 26-country Schengen zone?

There have been a number of reactions from the EU so far - some official, others not so much. I've decided, in the world of Twitter diplomacy, to count tweets from ministers and current/former heads ...
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Why is the town of Olivenza not as heavily politicized as other territorial disputes?

It is very difficult to look at a real world event, with the tons of factors influencing them, and to cathegorically decide which are the important ones, so any answer might be very opinated. So I ...
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Why are Bulgaria and Romania still not accepted into the Schengen area?

Nothing has changed since Why are Romania's and Bulgaria's reasons for postponing entering the Schengen area considered non-technical? The process is complete and both countries are deemed ...
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Why is the town of Olivenza not as heavily politicized as other territorial disputes?

Maybe this is because public of Portugal does not believe that Spain is going to seriously infringe on the rights of this town citizens, so this becomes an administrative objection. A similar example ...
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Are de facto Schengen countries exempt from the Covid-19 US travel ban?

Given that none of these countries have their own international airports, and all but Monaco are landlocked, it's effectively impossible for nationals of those microstates to reach the US without ...
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Why are Bulgaria and Romania still not accepted into the Schengen area?

The short answer is: because some of the other member states are blocking their full integration. Despite Bulgaria and Romania fulfilling the necessary criteria and repeated calls from the European ...
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Were the UK opt-outs of the Euro and Schengen enacted via the Ordinary Legislative Procedure?

To answer what I understand to be the spirit of the question, the two opt outs are to be found as protocol 15 of the Treaty on European Union (Maastricht treaty) for the Euro and the section "Protocol ...
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How do all the different European Union countries maintain their different laws while being a part of the Schengen zone?

The same way laws not involving international transportation are maintained. Through police investigations and a justice system that punishes criminals. The underlying idea of the Schengen Agreement ...
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Would UK citizens require a visa to enter the Schengen area in case of a no-deal Brexit?

The EU is looking into its visa policy in light of the brexit vote. Whether or not this means UK citizens will need a visa post-brexit depends on the outcome of UK-EU negotiations. Politico has an ...
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Why didn't Ireland and the UK unify their visa regimes?

TL;DR: Because, at the moment, it's a nonproblem. There are plenty of things you can do that are illegal. You can start most cars despite having a high BAC, and drive until you get caught. You can ...
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Why are Romania's and Bulgaria's reasons for postponing entering the Schengen area considered non-technical?

The quote you included contains a clue: The fact the Council blocked it (rather than the Commission) is prima facie evidence that it was a political decision. The Council is certainly entitled to take ...
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How do businesses operating in multiple countries in the EU account for different tax rates in different countries?

I assume you're asking about value added tax (VAT) mostly, that tax is applied to goods and services at the final point of sale. With free movement of goods, I don't there are regular taxes for moving ...
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How do all the different European Union countries maintain their different laws while being a part of the Schengen zone?

Actually this is two different questions. First, how do different prices still exist? Simply because for most people it is not economic to drive 100km to go shopping, although that really depends. I ...
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Would UK citizens require a visa to enter the Schengen area in case of a no-deal Brexit?

Technically speaking, we are British citizens not UK citizens, this may seem like pedantry, but it's actually relevant because of the complex nature of British and EU citizenship. British citizens who ...
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Why did the EU suspend the 2007 visa facilitation agreement with Russia, if it doesn't cover tourist visas?

Suspending this document is the achieved compromise (The New York Times). Some EU countries propose to suspend near all visas but France and Germany (and later Spain and Portugal) argues against: &...
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Why is the town of Olivenza not as heavily politicized as other territorial disputes?

Important points that other answers missed could be: Border seems to be reasonable - Looking at the map, border is defined by the river. So pretty standard separation of states. If border would be ...
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Are there any legal challenges announced against Eastern European countries that have decided to stop admitting all Russians with tourist visas?

No. EU member states can refuse to issue visas based on threats to public policy, internal security. Visiting Europe is a privilege, not a human right. EU member states can also coordinate their ...
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How do all the different European Union countries maintain their different laws while being a part of the Schengen zone?

maintain their different laws regarding customs regulation Things get a bit complicated for non-EU Schengen members (Switzerland and Norway) but for EU members the idea is that there aren't any ...
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Enforcing Entrance into Schengen Area for EU Members

There just was a vote on Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania joining Schengen. Croatia got in, Bulgaria and Romania did not. Apparently, the refusal was due to Austria and the Netherlands. The Bulgarian and ...
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Why did the EU suspend the 2007 visa facilitation agreement with Russia, if it doesn't cover tourist visas?

I don't consider myself very well informed on this, but checking your links Article 1 The purpose of this Agreement is to facilitate, on the basis of reciprocity, the issuance of visas for an ...
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Are people in favor of Brexit planning to stop visa free travel for EU citizens?

In case of exit, it depends on the terms, i.e. if UK joins EEA or if it will enter into a free trade agreement or goes into a new framework. It is not pre-decided. For more info: What could Brexit ...
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Why did the EU suspend the 2007 visa facilitation agreement with Russia, if it doesn't cover tourist visas?

I think that's convenient action and a big media win for both sides. The EU shows how they are all united before Ukraine and also give a nod to its eastern members (Baltic states and Poland who want ...
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Why are Bulgaria and Romania still not accepted into the Schengen area?

Probably not the main reason, but pretty much important for Bulgaria: Bulgarian government has hard times retaining the people (i.e. workforce) in Bulgaria. People are lost to EU countries with better ...
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Why didn't Ireland and the UK unify their visa regimes?

The Common Travel Area is rather different from Schengen area. It has a different history and a different purpose. In the 1980s and before there was a very hard border between the Republic of Ireland ...
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