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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      BOSS BOSS BOSS!  2 days back

      NO, it's not democratic becouse the elections for the eu are capitalist elections, in which the result is besecly rigged by capitalists (via, of other things donations) , and the politisians represent them. No matter what party or person you vote for, the result is still the same.
      In short: the eu is a olagracy!

    • Thromnabular
      Thromnabular  6 days back

      But why should I let citizens from some other country vote for what laws govern my country? Seems like a stupid idea

    • Thromnabular
      Thromnabular  6 days back

      Gee I wonder what the conclusion of this video will be?

    • youtube joseph wm
      youtube joseph wm  1 weeks back

      I’m not in eu citizen I’m an American citizen

    • Rorschach
      Rorschach  2 weeks back

      Artikel 13 ist da

  • Jett Philips
    Jett Philips  11 hours back

    Fuck the EU. It's interfering with other countries that isn't even a part of the EU.. 👎

    • Skiper crac
      Skiper crac  20 hours back

      *england has joined the chat*

      • stephan dijk
        stephan dijk  1 days back

        3:04 did anybody notice Britain flying away.

        • hyou zan ren
          hyou zan ren  1 days back

          Since when the people voice is important?... Look at Brexit!.... It's shit already hitting fans for years now!

          • Pax
            Pax  2 days back

            Has anyone noticed Britain leaving throughout the video?

            • San Jalig
              San Jalig  2 days back

              The parlement can only say yes, if it says no than they'll vote again till it sais yes !!
              The parlement can't propose anything. And is the most inefficient parlement of the world. Thank the bureaucrats

              • creepylove
                creepylove  2 days back

                I love that Tier Zoo Reference at 4:18 :D

                • OneEyedJoe
                  OneEyedJoe  2 days back

                  2:03 change da world. my final message. goodbye

                  • Jordan Hicks
                    Jordan Hicks  2 days back

                    3:01 we gonna talk about how they made the one in the top right float off??

                    • Mailou
                      Mailou  2 days back

                      Only if UK could

                  • Veriox22 2
                    Veriox22 2  3 days back

                    *This video has been blocked in your county*

                    • Joshua Saragih
                      Joshua Saragih  3 days back

                      Even the thumbnail scares me

                      • Yuki-Layla
                        Yuki-Layla  3 days back

                        Politics is not my thing. despite my attempts to understand it nothing has clicked so this is just like blending together almost

                        • Julie C
                          Julie C  4 days back

                          It makes me so happy that so many of these videos have adventure time references. Can we talk about that

                          • British Coastline
                            British Coastline  5 days back

                            A very helpful video which would have been nice before the referendum.

                            • J.C.S S.
                              J.C.S S.  6 days back

                              Taking down artists ideas is not democratic

                              • Elias Lundbäck
                                Elias Lundbäck  6 days back


                                • Kouki Ariga
                                  Kouki Ariga  6 days back

                                  People are criticizing you, but keep going! You are awesome

                                  • J G
                                    J G  1 weeks back

                                    Sounds like Alberta (or all west Canada) vs Quebec and Ontario

                                    • Kuolonen
                                      Kuolonen  1 weeks back

                                      Now I'm pro-EU but I can't help but raise a bit of an eyebrow, when video channel based in Germany (that has nearly ten times the MEPs that my country has, and just plain more MEPs than any other EU country), claims that the the EU parliament is the most democratic part of it, and that it should have legislative authority like national parliaments. And no, degressive proportionality doesn't make it ok.

                                      Nice try krauts, but no pretzel for you.

                                      • Kuolonen
                                        Kuolonen  6 days back

                                        @C Arnoldi I wholeheartedly agree that it is the most democratic part, but there is the rather big caveat with the fact that giving it power over national parliaments is de facto giving power to Germans over other nations due to amount of MEPs, even if less populous countries voters votes have more weight by degressive proportionality, German MEPs still outnumber them by a large margin.

                                      • C Arnoldi
                                        C Arnoldi  1 weeks back

                                        I agree with your criticism, even though I think the parliament is still the most democratic part of the EU because its the only part we can influence directly. But it shows that "making the EU more democratic" isn't as simple as it seems at first glance.

                                    • Star Patrick
                                      Star Patrick  1 weeks back


                                      • super Keimann
                                        super Keimann  1 weeks back


                                        • Eric Cholico
                                          Eric Cholico  1 weeks back

                                          5:42 Shrieks "HEY!"

                                          • Thrifty Freebies
                                            Thrifty Freebies  1 weeks back

                                            2:03 The UK just floats away 🤣

                                            • Thomas MacKelly
                                              Thomas MacKelly  1 weeks back

                                              "EU bad, orange good."

                                              • 1488 Save Our Future
                                                1488 Save Our Future  1 weeks back

                                                Thomas MacKelly This is the most pathetic attempt at a joke I’ve ever seen

                                            • Oliver Turts
                                              Oliver Turts  1 weeks back

                                              PATHETIC HOOMIN IM ‘MERICAN BOOOOIIIII

                                              • Miguel Fierro
                                                Miguel Fierro  1 weeks back

                                                Long life Russian Federation!

                                                • Domesticated Duck
                                                  Domesticated Duck  1 weeks back


                                                  • Josiah Artis
                                                    Josiah Artis  1 weeks back


                                                    • Ice Wing
                                                      Ice Wing  1 weeks back

                                                      im just here like "wow, i wish i knew what was going on, but these graphics look rlly nice"

                                                      • Blu CZ
                                                        Blu CZ  1 weeks back

                                                        I like Soviet Union More. I hate EU.

                                                        • ULTRA_INSTINTO
                                                          ULTRA_INSTINTO  2 weeks back

                                                          hello i don't live in european guy

                                                          • Purple Shaft
                                                            Purple Shaft  2 weeks back

                                                            EU is very democratic. That's why it's bad.

                                                            • John Connor
                                                              John Connor  2 weeks back

                                                              The eu is a joke

                                                              • Bright Star
                                                                Bright Star  2 weeks back

                                                                Hehe who else noticed the uk constantly moving away whenever all the countries were unambiguously shown

                                                                • johnny
                                                                  johnny  2 weeks back

                                                                  Does the eu affect canada ??

                                                                  • MadAtreides1
                                                                    MadAtreides1  2 weeks back

                                                                    I'm still thinking about what the EU was after when outlawing the selling of fresh milk... medical issues or favoritism toward big industries?

                                                                    • John Hill
                                                                      John Hill  2 weeks back

                                                                      Only ignorant people cannot see the damage the EU does to free speech and a countrys democratic soveriegnty.
                                                                      As well as borders .

                                                                      • goose gatherer
                                                                        goose gatherer  2 weeks back

                                                                        These government sponsored videos are so crap and pathetic.....Britain was SCAMMED into joining the Common Market in the first place (and funnily enough it was an earlier piece of shit Tory PM who did that too, nothing changes, right) so just remember the treacherous past of these tory wankers BEFORE you stupidly ask for more.....What are ya , dumbass.

                                                                        • MikehMike01
                                                                          MikehMike01  3 weeks back

                                                                          Living in Europe is like living in a prison. Democracy has been dead there for decades. The EU should be smashed to pieces.

                                                                          • Ronin Bayacal
                                                                            Ronin Bayacal  3 weeks back

                                                                            I dont know if I love the EU, but I do love the idea of European countries becoming somewhat like the United States!

                                                                            • AnnoyinglySalty
                                                                              AnnoyinglySalty  3 weeks back

                                                                              Yes, but the people who appoint the commission might be elected by voters, but aren't accountable to them. It is a sycophantic oligarchy of impersonal bureaucrats

                                                                              • Mr. TNT
                                                                                Mr. TNT  3 weeks back

                                                                                I keep seeing the British go brexit

                                                                                • Szgerle
                                                                                  Szgerle  3 weeks back

                                                                                  The EU supports uncontrolled immigration, thats reason enough to oppose it.

                                                                                  • Szgerle
                                                                                    Szgerle  2 weeks back

                                                                                    @Ruiner Blödsinn You have no idea how the EU works in practice. Backroom deals, lobbying, pressuring member states, pushing for migration and so on.

                                                                                  • Ruiner Blödsinn
                                                                                    Ruiner Blödsinn  2 weeks back

                                                                                    how daft are you: the people we elect support this and meet together at the council and commission to produce laws which are approved by the people we send to the parliament. Did you even watch the video?

                                                                                • S7N7STER7
                                                                                  S7N7STER7  3 weeks back

                                                                                  2:03 uk: ight imma head out

                                                                                  • maCrofage
                                                                                    maCrofage  3 weeks back

                                                                                    Interesting video. I keep thinking our politic system should be way more direct. Today's technologies allows us to set up direct democracy with referendum. People could vote important laws, propose new laws... via Internet. About national and european politic, I think there are things that should be only decided locally, some nationally and some other at european level. This is in a way to provide more accurate politic and bring solutions to problems and matters that only its determined level can answer to the best way.

                                                                                    • Eire32 Sovereign
                                                                                      Eire32 Sovereign  3 weeks back

                                                                                      Fuck the EU.

                                                                                      • evan krusher
                                                                                        evan krusher  3 weeks back

                                                                                        4:18 anyone notice Tierzoo stats