The recession that followed the 2008 financial crisis in the United States officially ended in June 2009 — four years ago. By various measures, the U.S. economy is improving. However, measured by number of jobs, it is still lagging. We wonder: Which of the following statements is true?
On July 1, 2013, the European Union is getting a new member, Croatia. Formerly a part of Yugoslavia, this nation of 4.4 million people will become the EU’s 28th member country. We wonder: What is the average population size of an EU country?
It is a well-known fact that journalists are restricted in what they can write and report in Saudi Arabia and in China. We wonder: Other than these two nations, which of the G-20 countries performs worst when it comes to freedom of the press?
Europe’s social programs are well-known for their generosity. The recent recession, however, has European government’s rethinking the cost of these programs. We wonder: What percentage of world spending on social programs does Europe currently account for?