February 2012

Europe’s Young: A Lost Generation?

The prolonged eurozone crisis may have a particularly profound effect on the future prospects of young people in Europe. As economies stagnate, and governments have less money for support schemes, they face an uncertain future in the labor market. We wonder: Which country now has the highest level of youth unemployment?

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Sizing Up the U.S. Aircraft Carrier Fleet

China’s recent trial run of its first aircraft carrier was a definitive sign of the country’s ambition to be a preeminent military power. That has become a matter of concern in the United States. We wonder: To China’s one, how many aircraft carriers does the U.S. military currently have in service?

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Ports of Call

Even in the age of e-commerce, the global economy still depends heavily on ports to transport goods to and from destinations around the globe. In fact, 80% of world trade was moved by ship as of 2010. We wonder: Which of the world’s ports handles the most container traffic?

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Population Declines

Much has been said about the population shrinkage that will afflict Europe in the coming decades. However, Europe is far from alone in terms of having a declining population. We wonder: By 2100, in percentage terms, which of the following countries will experience the biggest population decline?

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