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Paolo Scarabelli
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"I would rather have questions that can’t be answered than answers that can’t be questioned."
"I would rather have questions that can’t be answered than answers that can’t be questioned."

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"Crucifixion"
Photos by Carlos de la Rúa, 2016

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I've been thinking about this for a while and I'm wondering how popular referendums (known as abrogative referendums in Italy) could be made more fair.

To be valid more than 50% of the electors have to vote, since people interested in cancelling a law have a much bigger incentive in casting their vote than people who are happy the way it is, when there is a low turnout it's a guaranteed victory for the yes.

The consequence is that voting "no" in most cases actually helps the "yes" camp to reach the needed quorum, so most "no" voters prefer to stay home on polls day hoping the referendum fails.

I was wondering if other countries have a better way of doing it.



Seen on Euronews: A win for Renzi: Italy drilling vote fails to attract required voter turnout

http://www.euronews.com/2016/04/18/a-win-for-renzi-italy-drilling-vote-fails-to-attract-required-voter-turnout/

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I feel bad for the guy...

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While I disagree with threatening and bullying, he has a point. European politicians should stop claiming that a brexit would be a blow to the EU and focus instead on making plans in case it happens as to minimize the period of uncertainty which would be detrimental for the economy.
All the focus seems to be on the advantages and disadvantages for the UK, while it's important to discuss what will be of the EU. I'd like to know where the UK based EU institutions would be relocated, if the Erasmus programs in the UK would be suspended, which city of the Eurozone would be chosen as the new financial center, what would happen to the EU Parliament seats now allocated to the UK, what would be the legal position of Scotland in the EU in case it leaves the UK, if duties would be imposed on some products UK, if the EU budget would be reduced or other members will have to chip in the UK share...

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Ex-Russian 'troll' wins lawsuit against propaganda 'factory' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-33972122
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