Is the EU Democratic? Does Your Vote Matter?

  • Published on: 19 May 2019
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    Being a citizen of the European Union means that many aspects of our lives are regulated by a weird entity. It feels like a huge bureaucracy is making decisions over our heads. How democratic is the EU really and does your vote actually affect anything?

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  • Gizmomaster
    Gizmomaster   3 hours ago

    “The Germans got what they wanted in peace what they couldn’t get in war”. The German Question remains prevalent today so many years after WW2.

  • RTP
    RTP   5 hours ago


  • Creator Code: ALTIK
    Creator Code: ALTIK   6 hours ago

    Is it shame that youtube do not recommend this video to more people!!!!! This video has only 3,4 mil views and other kurzgesagt videos have even more... you can really see that youtube dont want democratic or politic videos recommended!!! :(

  • rad man
    rad man   12 hours ago

    What about those ass holes that came in their countries and want sharia law. Sex slaves, beating women, pedophila etc.

  • Ano Nymous
    Ano Nymous   19 hours ago

    Germany and France pay less and get to set the rules the rest have to just like it and implement all the new useless laws and soon taxes from EU

  • gnupf
    gnupf   1 days ago

    The EU Parliament has no right of initiative. Please mention just how much money the EU misappropriates and who is paying and who isn't. The countries who want to join might well say just how much they love democracy, sharing and pluralism but are only interested in getting money. Those countries the EU really needs to join (Norway, Switzerland and Iceland) won't because they'll end up being net contributors. The whole thing stinks to high heaven and is corrupt to it's core.

  • Rohan Magee
    Rohan Magee   2 days ago

    The EU is a globalist neoliberal nanny state cancer

  • elva cardenas
    elva cardenas   3 days ago

    2:02 the brexit thing made the united kingdom to float away from his friends

  • Durikke2
    Durikke2   4 days ago

    Sounds Like Dictator Ship With Extra Steps and people.

  • Kluk z kvjetinace
    Kluk z kvjetinace   4 days ago

    The fact that 8 minute video explained how EU works better than politicians representing governments of each european state making profit out of it makes me wonder why only useless and stupid ppl gets into politics.

  • iamkulit1 CS
    iamkulit1 CS   6 days ago

    My EU Opinions as an American Votes-Similar to Electoral college, vote for people to represent usLaws- weird and they're made in secretunity- More; a united europe could ensure years of peaceimmigration- the US and EU need to take advantage of the human resource that is willingly coming to them.

  • autarchprinceps
    autarchprinceps   1 weeks ago

    Speak for yourself, I never feel anything of the sorts about the EU. The only common criticism about the EU I hear in my part of it, is that it is not taking care of enough yet and taking too long to further unify, all of which is a criticism of Euroscepticism like yours, not the EU as an entity.

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  • Austin Blair
    Austin Blair   1 weeks ago

    Me on the verge of leaving the EU because of brexitAlso me: °~°

  • Don R. Wetter
    Don R. Wetter   1 weeks ago

    EU is more and more a bunch of incompetence.Here in Germany, we say "für Europa reicht's" (for europe, its enough) - basicially because we send all the politicians to Brussel that failed on federal or state level. Reduce it to an economic union but not a politicial ones. Everything is in a better situation then, excpect Greeks. They will be wasting money in all systems anyways

  • froge
    froge   1 weeks ago

    I'd like to note a major point you made that is actually moot, if the commission proposes new legislation that is then approved by the parliament but is firmly opposed by the people, it is true that we can then simply remove those members by voting them out of office, but that achieves absolutely nothing since they cannot propose new legislation, so the commission can just do something else. It prevents them from going further with laws we don't agree with, but it doesn't stop them from imposing these laws on us in the first place, they can just bide their time until no one is paying attention and then go further, then hold off while the reaction is strong and wait for it to die down, and rinse and repeat until they have what they want since there is no way for the directly elected part of the European Union to act on the behalf of its citizens by repealing or proposing laws. So in effect the Parliament is just an advisory body, and advice can of course just be ignored.

  • AdamusUmbra
    AdamusUmbra   1 weeks ago

    If brexit has proven anything, its that the EU an many Britons HATE democracy. A vote goes a way you dont like? Well just kick, scream and sabotage to stop it happening and get your way later. So in answer to the beginning of the video, no, your vote doesnt count and the EU is not democratic.

  • Shep
    Shep   1 weeks ago

    Lets also not lose sight of one goal of the EU. To prevent another war. Yes, the EU has its flaws but what nation-state doesn't?. The EU was started to prevent another war and by far and large, it has succeeded. Over the last eighty years, Europe has seen very little war with the exception of what happened un the Yugoslav nation-states. Europe is presently seeing the longest stretch of peace in its entire history.

  • Thor Jones
    Thor Jones   1 weeks ago

    "Why there is such a problem in this crisis? Because member states are reluctant to transfer new sovereignty and power to the European Union, and we all know that the only way out of this crisis is a new transfer of powers to the European Union, and to the European institution."- Guy Verhofstadt

  • marcos schrodinger
    marcos schrodinger   1 weeks ago

    Agradeço a vocês que criaram o canal e colocaram lengendas em português pra eu conseguir entender, porque eu não sei falar em inglês. Provavelmente vocês não estão entendendo o que eu estou falando pegar toda a frase e coloca no Google tradutor. Eu sou brasileiro e falo português, amei o canal de vocês, é nós tamo junto 👊