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  3 months ago +4681

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


    • Kuzb
      Kuzb 3 days ago

      wheres latvian?

    • Yarnick Pander
      Yarnick Pander 4 days ago

      There isn't a Dutch version have u found someone to make it

    • Ole
      Ole 22 days ago

      BTW I wanna see some democratic democracy memes

    • Ole
      Ole 22 days ago

      Eu west = Eu best

    • Ole
      Ole 22 days ago

      Alan Dawson the Eu is the only thing protecting us from the horrors that lye beyond winter is coming care for the homans

  • Alex Smith
    Alex Smith 10 hours ago


  • Daniel
    Daniel 13 hours ago

    Being Democratic is never the problem. 10 wolves voting to eat 5 lambs is democratic after all. The question is what kind of individual liberties does the EU protect. And the answer is None.

  • Poke Master
    Poke Master 18 hours ago

    2:03 I see what you did there

    very sneaky

  • Shtuffs
    Shtuffs 21 hour ago


  • Andreas Fjordvang

    3:03 bye england

  • Andreas Fjordvang

    2:03 bye england

  • Garrett Cervenka

    I like how every time that Britain is shown they kind of just nope the hell on out of the frame

  • MuzButchx
    MuzButchx Day ago

    EU is corrupt, Vote to leave

  • Aidid Rashed Efat

    EU is bad at protecting their own land 👎🏽

  • Nmotsch idontwannagivemyrealname

    "Originally, the EU was founded to ensure peace between nations, and to ensure prosperity for the continent."
    Someone hasn't read up on the founders' own stated goals. They wanted to create a single European superstate whose power is centralized and supersedes that of the member states, and they explicitly said so. And don't forget that we're talking about an institution that will just IGNORE results of elections or referendums if they dislike said results; just look at what happened with the Lisbon Treaty.

  • Miguel Fierro
    Miguel Fierro 2 days ago +1

    3:04 Spanish President.

  • Ethan T
    Ethan T 2 days ago

    I personally think the EU is out dated needs modernising more younger audience and less of the old people who think everything is a threat and must be destroyed or controlled Then people need to act more neutral instead of benefiting them self's.

  • DarioAM
    DarioAM 2 days ago +1

    obviously this video is translated in all powerful countries languages....
    apart from Italy that is never considered

    • carla doumit
      carla doumit 2 days ago

      DarioAM no problem

    • DarioAM
      DarioAM 2 days ago

      @carla doumit i am dumb, thx

    • carla doumit
      carla doumit 2 days ago

      DarioAM it is both subbed in italian and there is a italian dub

  • The Proud Asshole MGTOW

    🤔 EU = piss poor attempt to be like the US 🤣

    • The Proud Asshole MGTOW
      The Proud Asshole MGTOW 2 days ago

      Klooudeh okay... actually yes

    • The Proud Asshole MGTOW
      The Proud Asshole MGTOW 2 days ago

      Aaron Okeanos 🤣🤣🤣 still sounds like a piss poor attempt at what the US has

    • Aaron Okeanos
      Aaron Okeanos 2 days ago +1

      Actually it's a step up. Every nation in the EU had and still have it's own system of "states" and the "state" we call it Federalism similar to that of the U.S. with differences here and there. What the EU is experimenting on now for 70 years is how to upgrade this in combining multiple systems to an even larger system.
      And our history between us and the different languages and culture makes this not an easy thing. Especially since we also had the iron curtain for 40 years which not only devided a large city (Berlin) a hole country of people who used to live together and were practically the same culture and origin sometimes even family (Germany) it also divided east and west, different economic systems and different political systems and ideologies.
      In that view the EU is a remarkable success and a much larger achievement considering the difficulties. Today you drive along the "Autobahn" :) and barely notice you just changed a border (and the most heavily fortified border along the iron curtain within germany is not noticeable at all). You suddenly notice that the traffic signs might have a slightly different color scheme or the language changed but noone wants your passport noone want's you to pay customs you can often pay with the same money you can even decide to live in one land and work in another can freely travel, establish businesses, trade, transport stuff freely it feels like one more and more with every year.
      That does not mean it's complete or perfect there are still a lot of issues to continue this and the political structure might need an update after so many years since the realities of life within in the EU have far more progressed since it's beginnings.
      Can you imagine to form a single country between the U.S., Russia and China? Because in a way that's what the EU is trying to do between it's members.
      *This is BTW the application of this channels name in the german language ... when you realize you wrote too much for anyone to read and try to reformulate an essay ... into a single sentence.

    • Klooudeh
      Klooudeh 2 days ago +1

      actually no

  • Constable
    Constable 2 days ago +4

    Imagine thinking a super state that trumps your nation’s laws is a good idea haha, enjoy your Orwellian hellscape Europe.

  • Strawberry Animation
    Strawberry Animation 3 days ago +5

    Why should I care? I don't even live on Earth.

  • EU Official
    EU Official 3 days ago

    Wait is this a hate video about me?

  • Furry Trash
    Furry Trash 3 days ago +2

    Short answer: 𝗬𝗘𝗦
    Long answer: 0:00 to 7:55

  • Astoria Deco
    Astoria Deco 3 days ago +5

    Did anyone get the Visual brexit joke

  • Notlistening
    Notlistening 3 days ago +1

    Me: looks at the one in Swedish “It’s not by Pewdiepie? This is an OUTRAGE!”

  • You’re random Hetalia fan

    even after all these years, switzerland is still neutral about everything 1:49

  • Star Silver
    Star Silver 4 days ago +1

    Did you guys sneak a tier zoo reference?

  • Music Savant Accountant

    Here in the Philippines, we have ASEAN. We don't have the complications like the EU or something. It's just like a semi-deep consensus bureau. Our main problem here in ASEAN is how we can have a binding Code of Conduct in the South China Sea. It's hard to make a strong united stance against intrusion because there are some countries who have economic interest with China. And who would want to give up on that? So it's everyone on its own and diplomatic protest one after another. It getting old already...

  • Jason Jennings
    Jason Jennings 4 days ago

    Joseph said they are appointed not elected

  • Electric661 cloud
    Electric661 cloud 4 days ago +9

    EU is not democratic? Well, you never live in Russia...

  • Mika Hood
    Mika Hood 4 days ago

    2:04 UK be like fuck this shit I’m out

  • Squid frick
    Squid frick 4 days ago +1

    Italy: Of course!

  • ship another ship
    ship another ship 4 days ago

    Brexit intensifies

  • John Telford
    John Telford 4 days ago

    Well these guys were clearly paid to be nice about the EU

    • Leon.
      Leon. Day ago

      Just because they have a different opinion doesn’t mean that they are paid to say that...

  • Juef
    Juef 4 days ago

    What if I live in Switzerland

  • Maarten Kramers
    Maarten Kramers 5 days ago

    *article 13 intensifies*

  • I_Is_Salty_Boi YT
    I_Is_Salty_Boi YT 5 days ago

    I don’t like the EU because of Article 13, them banning memes, and them banning Anime. (Like seriously banning Anime because it has lolis? Just ban stuff with lolis in it)

  • John Smith
    John Smith 5 days ago

    The EU council dictates to its member how many 3rd world illegal border crossing immigrants they have to take in and put on welfare.
    I wish the US would join the EU just so it can quit the next week to show other countries how easy it is.

    • Leon.
      Leon. Day ago

      Wow you absolutely have no idea at all. The Council has no right to dictate states if and how many immigrants they have to take in, that is simply false. Also: if the US would join, it wouldn’t be possible to leave the next week since at least 2 years have to pass from notification of withdrawal from the EU and the actual withdrawal.

  • Gabe Garvin
    Gabe Garvin 5 days ago +1

    From how this video talked about the EU. The EU sounds almost like a democratic republic but just not quite one.

    • Gabe Garvin
      Gabe Garvin 3 days ago

      Forsaken Pumpkin
      I uhh what? I mean the USA has basically always been a republic/democratic republic. Even in one of our things we say is “and to the republic on which is stands”

    • Forsaken Pumpkin
      Forsaken Pumpkin 3 days ago +1

      This is exactly how the majority of the world see's the U.S.We all know it's not a real Democracy at this point but we all grew up believing it was because of Hollywood. The white supremacists mass shootings, the incarceration statistics, the social conditioning, suggestive thinking and confirmation bias brainwashing through Hollywood, the theft of resources of other countries, the oppression of the middle east. Tell me how does a Democratic country like the U.S revolt against their Democratic government when they own a militarised police force?

  • Benjamin Davis
    Benjamin Davis 5 days ago

    I’m looking forward to seeing what a no deal Brexit causes

    • John Smith
      John Smith 5 days ago

      I wish the US would join the EU just so it can quit the next week to show other countries how easy it is.

  • Polish Nationalist
    Polish Nationalist 5 days ago +2


    Saved you nearly 8 minutes of your life. Youre welcome :)

    • Süleyman the Magnificent
      Süleyman the Magnificent 3 days ago +1

      I guess you also saved 8 minutes of your life since you didn't watch it but I will help you,

  • Carl Webber
    Carl Webber 5 days ago +3

    Hopefully the UK leaves soon and I mean soon since then I won't have to deal with this

    • Nerdoroni
      Nerdoroni 3 days ago +1

      Sorry bud, but even if they did leave the EU, there isnt any hope for the UK.

  • Joel Robert Justiawan

    Who made Artucle 13 real?
    These guys!
    We didn't know these guys may have hidden evil monster heart! So, we could not carefully vote.

    • Joel Robert Justiawan
      Joel Robert Justiawan 3 days ago

      @Süleyman the Magnificent Search Article 13.
      This article strengthens Copyright rules. I could not interpret this enough but people out there felt this Article sides elites more than individual people. Yes. It is easy to hey copyright strike for doing stupidly simple like using some musics, upload parodies, have opinions to share, and so on.

    • Süleyman the Magnificent
      Süleyman the Magnificent 3 days ago +2

      what wrong with article 13???

  • Rouge_ Grenade
    Rouge_ Grenade 5 days ago +3

    This is why we need alien overlords to watch over the earth

  • Zeytinsever
    Zeytinsever 6 days ago +1

    Road to EU
    (Saddly imposible)

  • H2O Chi
    H2O Chi 6 days ago

    Thank fuck I live in the USA. Article 13.. gross.

  • LeCutter
    LeCutter 6 days ago +2

    Great in theory, poor in practice. Just like most political systems.

  • Joris Schekkerman
    Joris Schekkerman 6 days ago

    people are stupid so please don't give them more power

  • 64bitAtheist
    64bitAtheist 6 days ago

    Yes. Undemocratic to.

  • Conor Gaffney
    Conor Gaffney 6 days ago

    The eu will bring an end to europe and each independent nation fuck the eu

  • JDoc
    JDoc 6 days ago

    The union is a sham. Kill it with fire

  • Warhammer W40K
    Warhammer W40K 6 days ago

    Well EU have fun, when Mazedonia and Albania is joining the Union, the last 20 years nearly only beggers joined that shity union, serving companies that's all.

  • Mihai Lucian Rîtan
    Mihai Lucian Rîtan 6 days ago

    That little subtleties about the UK from 2:03 and 3:00 are killing me =)))))

  • Bror Iversen
    Bror Iversen 6 days ago

    2:02 The UK is outta here

  • Drew Sullivan • 12 years ago

    The system doesn’t need to have power changes, rather it needs to be more streamline and direct. This would ensure people would vote for what they want to vote for. Frankly, it also would make it harder for a politician to make misleading statements.

  • NoobDev
    NoobDev 6 days ago

    why is switzerland not in the EU?

    he would make bread for every soldier 2 enjoy

    • Süleyman the Magnificent
      Süleyman the Magnificent 3 days ago

      @John Smith Whats wrong with article 13? and the reason why is because of Switzerland's neutrality.

    • John Smith
      John Smith 5 days ago

      They have a higher IQ.
      No article 13 for their internet thanks.

  • Gabriel teodosiu
    Gabriel teodosiu 6 days ago +2

    Seriously am I the only one who thinks the eu is more of an empire?

    • Süleyman the Magnificent
      Süleyman the Magnificent 3 days ago

      @Gabriel teodosiu As the video concludes, yes your vote matters.

    • Gabriel teodosiu
      Gabriel teodosiu 3 days ago

      @Süleyman the Magnificent listen ok I'm not against the plan but it's just the way they execute it like the video said does our vote matter at all? Or are they doing what they want

    • Süleyman the Magnificent
      Süleyman the Magnificent 3 days ago +1

      The EU is not an Oligarchy nor a Monarchy.

  • Hermann Fegelein
    Hermann Fegelein 6 days ago +1

    4:18 Article 13 buff is too OP, please nerf.

    -Some innocent citizen.

  • José Daniel Gutiérrez

    Tier zoo XD

  • YukitoOnline
    YukitoOnline 7 days ago +2

    Funny how the newly elected EU higher ups are the most incompetent and corrupt

  • Charles Baum
    Charles Baum 7 days ago +2

    3:04 England drifts out of frame lol

  • dust2lamb
    dust2lamb 7 days ago

    Tierzoo? 4:17

  • Shorty Shorty
    Shorty Shorty 7 days ago

    all heil das 4th reich

  • agaifi
    agaifi 7 days ago

    It is very democratic. The problem is that democracy doesn't work.

  • Miles PQ
    Miles PQ 7 days ago

    I’m from the US, but I heard that Germany basically runs shit in the EU.

    • Süleyman the Magnificent
      Süleyman the Magnificent 3 days ago +1

      Germany is extremely underrepresented in the EU if you look at her population and the MP`s in the parliament you can easily see how underrepresented she is.

  • Om Mi
    Om Mi 7 days ago

    Me sitting here in America: Hmmm interesting

  • Bubbabluehorn
    Bubbabluehorn 7 days ago

    The EU is becoming socialist slowly. The east likes the EU but with their liberal policies they start to hate it.

    • Bubbabluehorn
      Bubbabluehorn 3 days ago

      There liberals there aren’t good either way. The brexit party is the right winged party of the US.

    • Süleyman the Magnificent
      Süleyman the Magnificent 3 days ago

      You do realize that liberals are on the right??

    • AzerGhost16
      AzerGhost16 7 days ago

      The East must enjoy all that free money they get from Britain

  • Pepe The Frog
    Pepe The Frog 7 days ago +1

    So the eu is the Holy Roman Empire v2 ?

    • Pepe The Frog
      Pepe The Frog 6 days ago

      Angry Skeleton Corn Man it could be the knock off of the Roman Empire no one wanted

    • Angry Skeleton Corn Man
      Angry Skeleton Corn Man 6 days ago

      *Pepe The Frog* no try again.... the EU is the soviet union 2.0

  • ksavier krajewski
    ksavier krajewski 7 days ago

    Of course not

  • tim mobile
    tim mobile 7 days ago

    5:44 the purple Kube square in that thers 2 flags 1 is the hungarian flag at the top and at the botom is the Sloven flag aka my Cuntrys flag hapy you put our small cuntry into play even if it is Just a fast pcture

  • Simon's Crap
    Simon's Crap 7 days ago

    Atleast your votes do something in America it’s more of a suggestion than anything else

  • Bun Bun
    Bun Bun 7 days ago

    3:02 look at germany lol

  • Oil Bama
    Oil Bama 7 days ago +11

    Can you make a video explaining the corruption aka Lobbyismus in Germany? That would be the first two hour videi

  • Adam Wensten
    Adam Wensten 7 days ago

    As an American this is very hard to follow, must be because we’re dumb.

  • Will Da Pensive Penguin Dood

    Who else came from lemmino?

  • The Salty Dog
    The Salty Dog 7 days ago

    4:18 Nice TierZoo reference

  • Viktor Funk
    Viktor Funk 7 days ago +35

    I would like the EU better if it was run by birds.

  • Red Menace 0
    Red Menace 0 7 days ago +3

    I like how I'm not even European and i find this quite interesting

  • Andrew Feng
    Andrew Feng 7 days ago +45

    it just likes a Discord server
    but it's much more complicated