Is the EU Democratic? Does Your Vote Matter?

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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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Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell
Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell - преди 9 месеца
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LittlePandy01 YT
LittlePandy01 YT - преди 11 дни
Me German
Cool Memes
Cool Memes - преди 18 дни
watermellon lv
watermellon lv - преди 2 месеца
There isn't any Latvian language....................................
Gul Maraz
Gul Maraz - преди 3 месеца
Kurzgesagt - In a Nutshell Is the EU pro individual freedom?
Andreev - преди 21 час
I prefer freedom over fake democracy and bureaucracy.
Censored - преди ден
Convenient that you left out the part where the commission can enforce regulations without the approval of the EU Parliament, which accounts for almost the majority of EU law. The Lisbon Treaty was veto’d by several member states but they decided to push it through anyway in 2005, which founded the political union. During the Greece crisis, the UK veto’d the bailouts because Greece is far away and we don’t even share the Euro. They decided to do it anyway. To say the EU is democratic is simply dishonest.
Simon GC
Simon GC - преди ден
broskibenji Wesley
broskibenji Wesley - преди ден
I live in murica so can't relate
Hans Bezemer
Hans Bezemer - преди 2 дни
I want nexit, don't need the eu for that.
Wither MCPE
Wither MCPE - преди 2 дни
Sinead Thomas
Sinead Thomas - преди 2 дни
These drawings are adorable! And you even added a tier zoo reference!
Sumiran Khadka
Sumiran Khadka - преди 2 дни
at 4:18 there’s a tier zoo reference
United States of America
United States of America - преди 2 дни
While talking about people that want different things [I hope], United Kingdom straights up and zooms out of there
JoPoLu - преди 2 дни
Cries in UK
Keanu Lee
Keanu Lee - преди 2 дни
At least you have a vote. We just have the right to listen and say yes.
Felix Safford
Felix Safford - преди 3 дни
I hate Brexit.
callum wilkinson
callum wilkinson - преди 4 дни
Britain: Britain has left the chat
Calling For Responsibility
Calling For Responsibility - преди 4 дни
The people are, the politicians aren’t. Democracy is a one day event every fourth year. Thereafter, it’s back to telling the people why they can’t have what they were promised. Politicians are rhetorical whores.
Konrad - преди 4 дни
Beautiful video. BTW. The creation of the European Union is by far the best thing that has ever happened on our continent.
Egbert Borst
Egbert Borst - преди 4 дни
Irgend so ein Typ
Irgend so ein Typ - преди 4 дни
Dont vote for Anti EU idiots
Egbert Borst
Egbert Borst - преди 4 дни
I stopped voting for the EU
Irgend so ein Typ
Irgend so ein Typ - преди 4 дни
Ok Boomer
Mackenzie Beeney
Mackenzie Beeney - преди 4 дни
Kinda sounds like the EU is set up similarly to the US, but more complicated.
jose juan isaac taveras
jose juan isaac taveras - преди 4 дни
what do you mean the UN has no power? do you mean that even though it has lots of "brains" constantly arguing for and against different points of view, it still has no way to enforce these arguments? so is violence/threat-of-violence the only true form of power?
Get DaDoe
Get DaDoe - преди 5 дни
Why is Europe considered a "continent" and Africa is treated like a country 🤔
MyLittleDashie 7
MyLittleDashie 7 - преди 4 дни
Pretty sure a lot of Americans talk about Europe like it's a country.
Abdullah - преди 5 дни
So... to you guys, democracy means putting papers in a box every once in a while... and it's not even about expressing opinions, but just by picking groups of people based on how well their marketing teams and the mass medias make them appear... interesting. Very interesting.
Desert Ants
Desert Ants - преди 5 дни
Just copy and paste the USA's federal constitution already ;)
alxxpspqr - преди 5 дни
The germanic zionist financial "union" of the subjugated puppet states of the EU, Democratic?! LoL! :D Here we laugh! :D
I salute the UK for leaving this evil club!
Irgend so ein Typ
Irgend so ein Typ - преди 4 дни
My fucking god you Anti EU voters are just so ignorant
Georgiana Halic
Georgiana Halic - преди 5 дни
You don t know how bad its the romania guvernament
Gizmomaster - преди 6 дни
“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 - преди 6 дни
BUY BATTLEPASS with SAC: ALTIK - преди 6 дни
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 - преди 6 дни
What about those ass holes that came in their countries and want sharia law. Sex slaves, beating women, pedophila etc.
Irgend so ein Typ
Irgend so ein Typ - преди 4 дни
rad man What the hell are you talking about ???
Pinfigure - преди 6 дни
4:18 tierzoo reference
Ano Nymous
Ano Nymous - преди 6 дни
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
Spiros Drakopoulos
Spiros Drakopoulos - преди ден
@Ano Nymous and? I used these 2 as an example... READ
Ano Nymous
Ano Nymous - преди ден
@Spiros Drakopoulos Sweden pays more than Germany and France
Spiros Drakopoulos
Spiros Drakopoulos - преди 6 дни
Lmao Germany and France pay the most, and are on of less than 5 countries that give more money than they take
gnupf - преди 6 дни
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.
Neven Tomičić
Neven Tomičić - преди 5 дни
I pay 2% of my national budget to the EU. If you transfer that to taxes, I am paying 0.5% of my income to the EU. It is worth it. How much people in the US pay for the federal government in their income? 20% or more.
Michael D. miller
Michael D. miller - преди 6 дни
At least this is more democratic then the electoral college
Rzeczpospolita Międzygwiezdna
Rzeczpospolita Międzygwiezdna - преди 7 дни
Does your vote matter?
Member of european parliament about voting in the EP. subtitles.
Jarrett Lim
Jarrett Lim - преди 7 дни
Did i see a tierzoo reference?
Rohan Magee
Rohan Magee - преди 8 дни
The EU is a globalist neoliberal nanny state cancer
Kvarta B
Kvarta B - преди ден
Irgend so ein Typ Beautiful country. I hope that AFD won’t ruin it.
Irgend so ein Typ
Irgend so ein Typ - преди 2 дни
Kvarta B Germany
Kvarta B
Kvarta B - преди 3 дни
Irgend so ein Typ And if I may ask, where are you from?
Irgend so ein Typ
Irgend so ein Typ - преди 4 дни
Kvarta B He is a stupid hater, just ignore him
elva cardenas
elva cardenas - преди 9 дни
2:02 the brexit thing made the united kingdom to float away from his friends
Sparrowsong - преди 6 дни
Yeah lmao
The smore emperor
The smore emperor - преди 9 дни
3:02 I love the uk just floating away.
Durikke2 - преди 9 дни
Sounds Like Dictator Ship With Extra Steps and people.
Irgend so ein Typ
Irgend so ein Typ - преди 4 дни
Durikke2 No it doesn’t, watch the video
supernovasuper Plays
supernovasuper Plays - преди 10 дни
*Angry European sounds*
Ella Gamer
Ella Gamer - преди 10 дни
Fun fact:Germany is EU
eres - преди 8 дни
"germany is European Union"
Kluk z kvjetinace
Kluk z kvjetinace - преди 10 дни
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.
LittlePandy01 YT
LittlePandy01 YT - преди 11 дни
2:09 apparently Germany wants red cars!
Alien pegg gaming
Alien pegg gaming - преди 11 дни
As a brit i hate EU
Irgend so ein Typ
Irgend so ein Typ - преди 4 дни
Alien pegg gaming And Europeans hate the UK
kapitanborys - преди 12 дни
*O hell no*
Greekball - преди 12 дни
Yes they are
iamkulit1 CS
iamkulit1 CS - преди 12 дни
My EU Opinions as an American

Votes-Similar to Electoral college, vote for people to represent us
Laws- weird and they're made in secret
unity- More; a united europe could ensure years of peace
immigration- the US and EU need to take advantage of the human resource that is willingly coming to them.
Kvarta B
Kvarta B - преди 5 дни
iamkulit1 CS I finally found some normal American in the comment section that is not screaming: Dissolve EU, these globalist libtard pigs! Go UK! Thank you.
chaosXpert - преди 12 дни
This reminds me a lot of the USA
autarchprinceps - преди 12 дни
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.
Grady M Pug life gaming channel
Grady M Pug life gaming channel - преди 13 дни
Uk left the eu
X310 5
X310 5 - преди 13 дни
100 subscribers with no friends
100 subscribers with no friends - преди 13 дни
Me on the verge of leaving the EU because of brexit
Also me: °~°
froge - преди 14 дни
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 - преди 14 дни
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.
eres - преди 8 дни
you vote a politician to make laws you like m8 so yes your vote counts
Shep - преди 14 дни
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.
dark side
dark side - преди 15 дни
Darth Vader
Darth Vader - преди 15 дни
EU is corrupt and need dissolution
Jávorszky Alex
Jávorszky Alex - преди 15 дни
4:19 Tierzoo
Thor Jones
Thor Jones - преди 16 дни
"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
piotrj333 - преди 2 дни
Of course they shouldn't transfer it. Stuff like article 13, majority of citizens in every country opposes it, yet politicians don't care and vote for yes. EU in the past didn't have crisis because EU orginally didn't try to enforce everything on every state member. Instead it was organization that just unities common goals. Guy Verhofstadt is probably biggest faggot in EU that proposes stuff like United States of Europe, European army, and is anti-NATO. Problem is that guy doesn't see much beyond his own nose, and many countries when choosing between NATO and EU, would actually choose NATO. The exact problem of EU is there are too many politicians not choosen by anyone directly and lack of responsibility, also organization of EU parlament itself. It is freaking race who votes faster.
marcos schrodinger
marcos schrodinger - преди 16 дни
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 👊