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

    Playlist with all languages: Thanks to all the KGsoftsrs who translated the video! 🇪🇺 Sources:

    • LittlePandy01 YT
      LittlePandy01 YT

      Me German

    • Cool Memes
      Cool Memes


    • watermellon lv
      watermellon lv

      There isn't any Latvian language....................................

    • Gul Maraz
      Gul Maraz

      Kurzgesagt - In a Nutshell Is the EU pro individual freedom?

  • Andreev

    I prefer freedom over fake democracy and bureaucracy.

  • Censored

    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


  • broskibenji Wesley
    broskibenji Wesley

    I live in murica so can't relate

  • Hans Bezemer
    Hans Bezemer

    I want nexit, don't need the eu for that.

  • Wither MCPE
    Wither MCPE

    HAHAHAHA See UK 😆😆

  • Sinead Thomas
    Sinead Thomas

    These drawings are adorable! And you even added a tier zoo reference!

  • Sumiran Khadka
    Sumiran Khadka

    at 4:18 there’s a tier zoo reference

  • United States of America
    United States of America

    2:03 While talking about people that want different things [I hope], United Kingdom straights up and zooms out of there

  • JoPoLu

    Cries in UK

  • Keanu Lee
    Keanu Lee

    At least you have a vote. We just have the right to listen and say yes.

  • Felix Safford
    Felix Safford

    I hate Brexit.

  • callum wilkinson
    callum wilkinson

    Eu: Britain: Britain has left the chat

  • Calling For Responsibility
    Calling For Responsibility

    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

    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


    • Irgend so ein Typ
      Irgend so ein Typ

      Dont vote for Anti EU idiots

  • Egbert Borst
    Egbert Borst

    I stopped voting for the EU

    • Irgend so ein Typ
      Irgend so ein Typ

      Ok Boomer

  • Mackenzie Beeney
    Mackenzie Beeney

    Kinda sounds like the EU is set up similarly to the US, but more complicated.

  • jose juan isaac taveras
    jose juan isaac taveras

    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

    Why is Europe considered a "continent" and Africa is treated like a country 🤔

    • MyLittleDashie 7
      MyLittleDashie 7

      Pretty sure a lot of Americans talk about Europe like it's a country.

  • Abdullah

    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

    Just copy and paste the USA's federal constitution already ;)

  • alxxpspqr

    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

      My fucking god you Anti EU voters are just so ignorant

  • Georgiana Halic
    Georgiana Halic

    You don t know how bad its the romania guvernament

  • Gizmomaster

    “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



    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

    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

      rad man What the hell are you talking about ???

  • Pinfigure

    4:18 tierzoo reference

  • Ano Nymous
    Ano Nymous

    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

      @Ano Nymous and? I used these 2 as an example... READ

    • Ano Nymous
      Ano Nymous

      @Spiros Drakopoulos Sweden pays more than Germany and France

    • Spiros Drakopoulos
      Spiros Drakopoulos

      Lmao Germany and France pay the most, and are on of less than 5 countries that give more money than they take

  • gnupf

    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

      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

    At least this is more democratic then the electoral college

  • Rzeczpospolita Międzygwiezdna
    Rzeczpospolita Międzygwiezdna

    Does your vote matter? watch?v=lzigiPUXNzI Member of european parliament about voting in the EP. subtitles.

  • Jarrett Lim
    Jarrett Lim

    Did i see a tierzoo reference?

  • Rohan Magee
    Rohan Magee

    The EU is a globalist neoliberal nanny state cancer

    • Irgend so ein Typ
      Irgend so ein Typ

      Kvarta B I hope too

    • Kvarta B
      Kvarta B

      Irgend so ein Typ Beautiful country. I hope that AFD won’t ruin it.

    • Irgend so ein Typ
      Irgend so ein Typ

      Kvarta B Germany

    • Kvarta B
      Kvarta B

      Irgend so ein Typ And if I may ask, where are you from?

  • elva cardenas
    elva cardenas

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

    • Sparrowsong

      Yeah lmao

  • The smore emperor
    The smore emperor

    3:02 I love the uk just floating away.

  • Durikke2

    Sounds Like Dictator Ship With Extra Steps and people.

    • Irgend so ein Typ
      Irgend so ein Typ

      Durikke2 No it doesn’t, watch the video

  • supernovasuper Plays
    supernovasuper Plays

    *Angry European sounds*

  • Ella Gamer
    Ella Gamer

    Fun fact:Germany is EU

    • eres

      "germany is European Union"

  • Kluk z kvjetinace
    Kluk z kvjetinace

    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

    2:09 apparently Germany wants red cars!

  • Alien pegg gaming
    Alien pegg gaming

    As a brit i hate EU

    • Irgend so ein Typ
      Irgend so ein Typ

      Alien pegg gaming And Europeans hate the UK

  • kapitanborys

    2:05 *O hell no*

  • Greekball

    Yes they are

  • iamkulit1 CS
    iamkulit1 CS

    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

      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

    This reminds me a lot of the USA

  • autarchprinceps

    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

    Uk left the eu

  • X310 5
    X310 5


  • 100 subscribers with no friends
    100 subscribers with no friends

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

  • froge

    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

    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

      you vote a politician to make laws you like m8 so yes your vote counts

  • Shep

    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


  • Darth Vader
    Darth Vader

    EU is corrupt and need dissolution

  • Jávorszky Alex
    Jávorszky Alex

    4:19 Tierzoo

  • Thor Jones
    Thor Jones

    "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

      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

    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 👊