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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    • Jonathan Zentelin
      Jonathan Zentelin  1 weeks back

      It's not democratic and you are a lying scum. Period.

    • BluAnt
      BluAnt  3 weeks back

      Thanks for the swedish translation by the way!

    • Chillgamer190
      Chillgamer190  1 months back

      There's no Dutch version of the video :(

    • Kuzb
      Kuzb  1 months back

      wheres latvian?

  • Rayzorbladez
    Rayzorbladez  10 hours back

    When Germany succeeds at conquering Europe with a fascist tyranny and doesn't need to fire a shot.

    • crapy cartoons
      crapy cartoons  22 hours back

      I bet EU will be better if they stop making dumb laws like article 13

      • Robert Jamison
        Robert Jamison  2 days back

        The eu is only interested in money and power that they extort from ordinary people.

        • Tim Newman
          Tim Newman  1 days back

          Hmm why do we have Erasmus then?

      • Riad Echahbouni
        Riad Echahbouni  2 days back

        Article 13

        • Lucas nada mas
          Lucas nada mas  2 days back

          Yes it is bad and fuck no its not democratic

          • Some Random Max Fan
            Some Random Max Fan  3 days back

            European Union is horrible I bet you they are just corrupted

            • Neki Tamo
              Neki Tamo  3 days back

              Short answer *No*

              Long answer


              • Burn Angel
                Burn Angel  4 days back


              • Nick Nomo
                Nick Nomo  5 days back

                I'm an American, but I wouldn't be so happy if my own country's policies were determined by a group of other countries. Its one thing to have trade agreements, and treaties that everyone can agree on, its another to sign up for a pseudo world government.

                • CrazyKingBest
                  CrazyKingBest  5 days back

                  4:20 TierZoo?

                  • Unstoppable Leaf
                    Unstoppable Leaf  6 days back

                    3:04 oh okay bye england

                    • pumpkineater23
                      pumpkineater23  6 days back

                      Rather than all these layers of confusing indirect 'democracy' how about giving Europeans a People's Vote? Ask them if they want the EU or not. Simple eh? That's *real* democracy. Perhaps Europeans want to cooperate together as sovereign nations, not to merge their countries into a single superstate? It would be interesting (and fair) to know. The truth is that the EU have no interest in democracy. Most of them wouldn't even ALLOW a referendum - as if they should have that choice. The unelected, autocratic, authoritarian tyrants are determined, at whatever cost, to turn Europe into a super-military State, whatever the people actually want.

                      • Booyabeatbox
                        Booyabeatbox  6 days back

                        corruption is not a factor in your equasion? there are many many forms

                        • ghoulunathics
                          ghoulunathics  7 days back

                          modern democracy does not give any real vote for the populace. we may vote for the ministers, but the system operated by the ministers isn't responsible for us, but rather for powerful organizations, banks and some influential people we don't even know of. we cannot change the system by voting. either we refuse to obey their commands or we will remain oppressed for it. there's no other alternative.

                          • Majskatt
                            Majskatt  1 weeks back

                            The EU is already failing, I dont belive anyone informed on the costs and the lack of self governance can support this totalitarian experiment. altough you rarely hear how an unelected clique of powerhouses have taken control over europe. Neither are you told that the first model of the european union and the way it was first implemented was a blueprint straight from the nazi's.

                            • Totally not the flash :3

                              *"It's not the voters who decide, it's the one who counts the vote"*
                              -Joseph Stalin

                              • Alexander Rodriguez
                                Alexander Rodriguez  1 weeks back

                                Talk about article 13 plss

                                • Plainjupiter724
                                  Plainjupiter724  1 weeks back

                                  2:04 look at The uk XD

                                  • Jonathan Zentelin
                                    Jonathan Zentelin  1 weeks back

                                    The laws of the EU are decided by unelected bureaucrats, and overwrite nations laws.

                                    • The Amish Illuminati
                                      The Amish Illuminati  1 weeks back

                                      I really liked that on the eu map you put a cork on Portugal, the number one exporter of cork

                                      • Angie N
                                        Angie N  1 weeks back

                                        oh...i thought it asked “is the flu bad?”

                                        i wanted to know

                                        • Legendary Rebel
                                          Legendary Rebel  1 weeks back

                                          People feel oppressed by the EU, think of monarchies and empires (like the Brit. one) and how they didn't give anyone a voice. The irony!

                                          • Legendary Rebel
                                            Legendary Rebel  7 days back

                                            @TurmutHoer Sometimes makes me ashamed to be from Southern England... assholes on the street, Cockney's bitching about getting their freedom and making it an "independence day". The British (mostly the Empire) literally stole, damaged, oppressed without choice and colonized most of Earth, the vast amount of time without the permission of the native people or present jurisdictions. The English weren't the only ones though, many other countries did it with their monarchies (most of which where Absolute back then) to places on orders from not the people, but the higher class elites like their royals and scum like that.

                                          • TurmutHoer
                                            TurmutHoer  1 weeks back

                                            But 'oppression' and 'monarchy' are two completely unrelated concepts. Demonstrated by the fact that all European nations with monarchies are also representative parliamentary democracies that provide extensive political and civil rights to all their citizens. If the Democracy Index is to be believed, monarchies are actually more democratic than republics.

                                        • mikeinbc
                                          mikeinbc  1 weeks back

                                          The EU is a far left globalist authoritarian cancer.

                                          • lockoshamface
                                            lockoshamface  1 weeks back

                                            Yes the EU is very bad, they opened everyone's border and demanded we all conform and called us racist for being worried (and rightly so) hundreds of years time when Europe is over run by Muslims, we know who to thank

                                            • marijnleo
                                              marijnleo  2 weeks back

                                              🇳🇱🇪🇺 Ai can’t Nederland

                                              • Tanner Boyle
                                                Tanner Boyle  2 weeks back

                                                I keep getting Kevin Hart ads anyone else?
                                                Hope he recovers okay

                                                • carlos delgado
                                                  carlos delgado  2 weeks back

                                                  Ok thanks now let's vote out everyone who voted for article 13. If not you can hire a professional assassin

                                                  • Nexus Clarum
                                                    Nexus Clarum  2 weeks back

                                                    The union shouldn't be developed. It should be destroyed. Even if that means the UK, USA, Canada and other countries have to go to war against the EU. Probably best to get on that before you build up your EU army. Fewer people need to die that way.

                                                    • Nexus Clarum
                                                      Nexus Clarum  2 weeks back

                                                      The EU is analagous to the star wars empire.

                                                      • DreamIllumination
                                                        DreamIllumination  2 weeks back

                                                        4:15 tierzoo states lol

                                                        • Rintsicat lsabeIla
                                                          Rintsicat lsabeIla  2 weeks back

                                                          Fuck EU

                                                          • Le Singe Nu
                                                            Le Singe Nu  2 weeks back

                                                            1. EU is not democracy.
                                                            2. Therefor we should empower the UE for the sake of democracy.
                                                            3. Facepalm.

                                                            • Le Singe Nu
                                                              Le Singe Nu  2 weeks back

                                                              Anybody here to complain with me about this partial, specious, vicious definition of anarchy and democracy here ? This video is shameful and close to some kind disinformation technique. I'll search who's financing this channel and try to guess why...

                                                              • Donut Hoel
                                                                Donut Hoel  2 weeks back

                                                                Britian politely leaving at 2:03 xd

                                                                • punkfruit
                                                                  punkfruit  2 weeks back

                                                                  why am i watching this, im American

                                                                  • R.o.b
                                                                    R.o.b  2 weeks back

                                                                    Memes i gusse

                                                                • brownellja1
                                                                  brownellja1  2 weeks back

                                                                  The EU claims to be Democratic right up until a country votes to leave. Then it becomes a communist dictator. Good luck escaping that trap.

                                                                  • Mason
                                                                    Mason  2 weeks back

                                                                    LETS GO BREXIT

                                                                    • Mason
                                                                      Mason  2 weeks back

                                                                      Screw the eu

                                                                      • Captain Fish Head
                                                                        Captain Fish Head  2 weeks back

                                                                        Loved that tier zoo reference

                                                                        • reapershadow 7w7
                                                                          reapershadow 7w7  2 weeks back

                                                                          0:33 ay caramba dijo el bar sinson

                                                                          • bgcvetan
                                                                            bgcvetan  2 weeks back

                                                                            More democratic that US that is for sure.

                                                                            • chauncy primm
                                                                              chauncy primm  2 weeks back

                                                                              It'll collapse in a few years. Especially with the next recession. Those pussyfoot Europeans will wake up eventually and realize they need AUTONOMY

                                                                              • JhonnyTheJeccer
                                                                                JhonnyTheJeccer  2 weeks back

                                                                                at least most politicians in the eu are old, have no clue about todays world and wont learn anything because why should they
                                                                                they are just going to stay useless for a long time, making wrong decisions and ruining the eu

                                                                                • Tesseract 14
                                                                                  Tesseract 14  2 weeks back

                                                                                  personally I would say no area that big should ever have the same laws it is too broad an area, personally I would very much opt for more of a military union, where they all share a military but nothing else

                                                                                  • Paudel Family
                                                                                    Paudel Family  2 weeks back

                                                                                    The EU is democratic if their countries are democratic

                                                                                    • 1000 subs no vids
                                                                                      1000 subs no vids  2 weeks back

                                                                                      Theres a TierZoo reference at 4:18!

                                                                                      • paul Smith
                                                                                        paul Smith  2 weeks back

                                                                                        There are 511 million people in the EU, None of them voted for Donald Tusk or for Jean Claude Junker.
                                                                                        Here's what Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union said about the EU. "The most puzzling development in modern politics is the apparent determination of Western European leaders to re-create the Soviet Union in Western Europe".