How is it possible to be British and wanting the UK to remain in the EU while also claiming to be libertarian?

Others who have answered this question appear to hold that the EU is a freer place than the UK will or is likely to become, while Wikipedia offers;

Why does Russia feel threatened by an expansion of NATO and the EU?

When asking questions such as this, it helps to ask yourself: what if the shoe was on the other foot?How happy do you think the United States would be if Mexico entered into a military alliance with China? Imagine the

Do European leaders realize that Russia wants to destroy EU?

Yes, we want to destroy the EU. Yeah... in your wildest dream when you are in the bed, you can ask this questionGo back to reality: no. We might not like EU expansion, but, we don't have money or any efforts to destroy the EU. That's

Is Russia planning to destroy NATO and EU?

Of course it is, for then it can then use the old British Empire tactic of divide and rule. However, it isn't out to start WW3 or physically attack nations for there is little or no profit in that. Russia is seeking to re-establish its old USSR buffer zone of satellite countries and the break-up of

Why doesn't President Trump care about NATO and EU?

Ignorance!Trump has limited experience.There is even a suggestion that he is in the pocket of the Russians.To give him credit:He is remodelling the relationship between the US and Europe to make it more advantageous to America.I think Trump has realised that NATO is useful to the US, unless the US wants to

Which is better for Bulgaria in all aspects: NATO/EU or Russia?

Q: Which is better for Bulgaria in all aspects: NATO/EU or Russia?N/A: Unanswerable.Q: Which is better for Bulgaria: NATO/EU or Russia?N/A: Bulgaria is a fully independent country, no adequate answer can be present.Q: Which is the best policy for Bulgaria in it's relations with NATO/EU and Russia?A:Sly.Long-term membership in

What are your predictions for the European Union in the next 50 years?

It will slowly improve. In particular the economic disparity between north and south will decrease and some of the crazy bits like the common agriculture policy will change. It takes at least 100 years to get stable change to a continent. The USA took a lot longer to become only reasonably stable.

What would happen if Barack Obama flew to Russia and met with Vladimir Putin tomorrow?

There would be investigations in the House and the Senate. There would be cries of treason and collusion with Russia. The GOP leadership would be aghast that this could occur. There would be calls for posthumous impeachment. And all of this would occur without any sense of irony or hypocrisy.

How will Russia react if Belarus tries to join NATO and the EU?

I have not noticed any sign that Belarus is anything other than a post-Soviet dictatorship. The Revered Leader seems comfortable, and smart enough to repress any democratic tendencies very effectively. In short, Belarus lacks the qualifications to join NATO even if it wanted to. And

What if Russia joined the EU?

Oh, golly, that would be epic. Here we go:EU would become a superpower with a much greater threat to USA that USSR ever was.There would be a huge shift of power dynamic that would start a new cold war.NATO would fall apart as defense of Europe would be in Russia's hands

There is so many misconceptions and so much scaremongering about brexit and leaving the EU,what are the facts, what do we know for sure?

There is some basic facts that seems to be missed by Leavers.We can't have a better trade deal with the EU than we have now.ANY form of Brexit will turn the U.K. from a rule maker to a rule taker.Whatever

Are supranational alliances (EU, UN, OPEC, and NATO) imperialistic?

By definition, imperialism only works to increase one single country's power by adding more countries as

Which is better for Bulgaria in all aspects: NATO/EU or Russia?

Q: Which is better for Bulgaria in all aspects: NATO/EU or Russia?N/A: Unanswerable.Q: Which is better for Bulgaria: NATO/EU or Russia?N/A: Bulgaria is a fully independent country, no adequate answer can be present.Q: Which is the best policy for Bulgaria in it's relations with NATO/EU and Russia?A:Sly.Long-term membership in

Why does Russia feel threatened by an expansion of NATO and the EU?

When asking questions such as this, it helps to ask yourself: what if the shoe was on the other foot?How happy do you think the United States would be if Mexico entered into a military alliance with China? Imagine the

Is Russia planning to destroy NATO and EU?

Of course it is, for then it can then use the old British Empire tactic of divide and rule. However, it isn't out to start WW3 or physically attack nations for there is little or no profit in that. Russia is seeking to re-establish its old USSR buffer zone of satellite countries and the break-up of

Do European leaders realize that Russia wants to destroy EU?

Yes, we want to destroy the EU. Yeah... in your wildest dream when you are in the bed, you can ask this questionGo back to reality: no. We might not like EU expansion, but, we don't have money or any efforts to destroy the EU. That's

What will happen to the Channel Tunnel after Brexit?

I suspect not a lot. It all depends on the deal reached between the EU27 and the UK. If there's ANY deal (ie not economic war), then the most that will happen is that you'll have to go through customs as well as immigration.It

If Russia fought the EU in a war who would win? No help from allies, NATO, etc.

The Russian military is a wildly over-hyped paper tiger that the EU outspends by a factor of 4 to 1.The top 4 European countries spend about $180* Billion on defence annually compared to the Russian $70* Billion.There are another 24 countries in the EU that spend about another $100* billion.

Why doesn't President Trump care about NATO and EU?

Ignorance!Trump has limited experience.There is even a suggestion that he is in the pocket of the Russians.To give him credit:He is remodelling the relationship between the US and Europe to make it more advantageous to America.I think Trump has realised that NATO is useful to the US, unless the US wants to

How much disruption will be caused by a no deal Brexit?

If there is a no deal Brexit, the disruption will be enormous. It is not for no reason that there are contingency plans to turn a large section of the M20 into a lorry park. And what will be happening to the stuff in those parked lorries? At best it won't be reaching the shops, and at worst it

Do the French have to cut the Channel tunnel after the Brexit (in two years)?

We were not allowed to go to France previously so yes.France will also ban ferries. They will outlaw English words like picnic...Les Rosbifs will be forced to eat horse and sing the Mareillaise and admit snails taste nice and it has sod all to do with garlic.Alternatively maybe no.

What if the EU invaded Britain through the Channel Tunnel?

As this question is presumably predicated on a post Brexit scenario, ignoring all the very basic tactical retorts, the EU army would be facing the British Army, you know the one that currently is the best in the EU with massive amounts of combat experience in everything from Urban guerilla warfare in NI, seaborne

Is Russia trying to destroy the EU?

Absolutely. From Russia's point of view, NATO is by far their most powerful threat, with the EU both underpinning and backing that up.Their primary goal is to break up NATO, because NATO is the biggest threat to their geo-political ambitions. This has been clear

Is the EU actually Anti-Democratic?

One of the common factors between British and American politics this year is a reliance by certain Conservatives on plausible and interesting fake stories. In the UK this has been going on for years, particularly with amusing stories about the EU that enable

Why is Russia wholly incapable of cooperating with EU and NATO?

Because if Russia and China become a part of NATO, justifying military spending will become extermely difficult for the US government

How is it possible to be British and wanting the UK to remain in the EU while also claiming to be libertarian?

Others who have answered this question appear to hold that the EU is a freer place than the UK will or is likely to become, while Wikipedia offers;

If in fact, the UK-EU custom union keep the UK in the single market what would happen to freedom of movement?

Highly unlikely. A customs union means the UK operating under EU trade rules - which they will no longer be able to influence. And external trade barriers have to be the same, so Rees-Mogg's importation of hormone soaked American beef will not be possible (what a shame!)In short, the loony right of May's party would

What is the most similar to the European People's Party overall: US Republican or Democrats?

Honestly, at this point, probably the Democratic Party. Tho it is a center-left party and wouldn't be a perfectly clean fit, the fact of the matter is that there is no center-right party in the United States anymore. Even by American Standards, which have always been more conservative than

How do PhD students in Europe get funding?

Each country is different and studying for a Ph.D in Europe may be different than studying in the US.  In the US, typically, you take graduate courses for 2-3 years, then take the qualifying exam, and then you complete a thesis. In Europe, it is not uncommon to join a professor's group (or Lab) (Profs are BIG in

Are there any Eurosceptic Liberal Democrats?

There was a Liberal Leave campaign headed up by Paul Keetch who wrote an article for the independent Think that if you are liberal you should vote to stay in the EU? Think againThe campaign was small and had no sitting MPs (easy as there were only 8 at the time). The site listed the following activistsPaul

You kicked the UK out of the EU, but still claim 'EU welcomes the UK back to the EU'. Why?

The assumption behind this question (the EU expelled the UK) is so far from reality that this barely deserves a response. The UK, during its 40+ years of membership has not participated fully or enthusiastically in the EU project, has dragged its

How come the UK does not want to be in a custom union with the EU? Does the vote to leave invoke this from happening?

Some leavers would argue that this is implied.However, there always has been great confusion as to what Brexit should actually entail. A lot of scenarios have been speculated over, but nothing concrete has been presented on the ballot paper - only the

How is the sentiment towards immigrants in UK compared with the rest of the EU?

Depends on who you ask. I can't speak for everyone!Some people are against any and all immigration, and would rather all immigrants just left. These people form a tiny minority and it does not represent the majority view of people who voted for Brexit.I think most people hold more pragmatic

Does goverment subsidies to farmers in the USA and EU discourage competition?

I was a bit surprised and angry when I read that article. Wow some governments really do subsidise farmers - I never knew. It does not happen in Australia - subsidies here are about the lowest in the world for farmers, which is probably

Does the UK need the EU?

That depends what you mean by the word ‘need'.I'm not trying to pull a Bill Clinton on you(1): people use the word ‘need' to cover a lot of things that are just desires. What an individual needs is air, food, water, shelter... and if you've got those

If the UK leaves the EU, is the EU more likely to promote Roman Catholicism?

Lets look at some of the member states that remain:France - a very proudly secular society, even though most of the population identifies as CatholicGermany, Netherlands - only a third of the population is CatholicGreece, Bulgaria, Romania and Cyprus - OrthodoxSweden, Denmark, Finland, Latvia, Estonia - secular, Denmark has a Protestant state religionsCzech

Is the UK more democratic than the EU?

I don't 100% understand the america "system," I recall watching the states turn red or blue on the election night, and then majority then gets the presidency, and I know they vote for the actual person, rather than the party like we do. What I

Is the UK more open minded than the EU?

It's hard to compare EU and UK because EU is a union of many countries/nations, diverse and very big.Few countries in EU are more open minded than the UK. Sweden is one example. Swedish people, in general, are welcoming and less biased against any religion. Germans and Dutch are also

What are the consequences of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland voting "leave" in the referendum on their EU membership?

To understand where something is going, you need to understand where it has been. So let us start from the top;What is the EU?Before the EU there was the ECSC (European Coal and Steel Community) and EEC (European Economic Community).The ECSC came first and was begun by France and some of its neighbours in an

Who has more power, the UK or the EU?

In general the EU does. But in Brexit negotiations I'd say it was 50/50 Although I'd lean towards the UK. It's the European Unionists not the UK that will look silly and feel embarressed. The UK trades more with the rest

Why is the assumption that the UK depends on the EU more than the EU depends on the UK?

I thought it would be interesting to put some numbers on the various qualitative points that people have made by building a very simple economic model. This just considers the impact of tariffs on the UK and EU economies. I haven't considered, for example, changes in migration

Why is the world economy so affected by the UK leaving the EU?

Because the EU has a lot of exposure to the British market. In the case of Spain, the number one location for direct investment by Spanish businesses is the UK, accounting for 14% of all foreign direct investment for Spain.A Brexit creates tremendous market uncertainty. Whereas you had an open market with fewer rules regarding

Will Ireland really need emergency aid in no deal Brexit?

Not likely. 13.5% of our exports go to the UK, though significant it's not really fatal. Most of that trade is agriculture exports which make up little over 2% of our gdp.