June 2017

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Sizing Up the G20

On July 7 and 8, world leaders will gather in Hamburg, Germany, for this year’s “Group of 20” (G20) summit. Their task is to find points of agreement on complex global issues that cannot be solved without cooperation between countries. We wonder: Which of the following statements are true about the G20 countries collectively?

A. They represent more than 20% of the world’s countries.
B. They account for more than 60% of the world population.
C. They produce more than 80% of the world’s GDP.
D. They release more than 80% of CO2 emissions.
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Who’s Lasted the Longest?

Angela Merkel, the German chancellor who has been in that office since November 2005, is the West’s most senior incumbent leader. Merkel is standing for another re-election in the September 24, 2017 German federal elections. We wonder: Among countries with populations of at least one hundred thousand, which woman holds the record for the longest uninterrupted tenure as the elected head of government?

A. Indira Gandhi
B. Margaret Thatcher
C. Angela Merkel
D. Sheikh Hasina
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The Landscape of Global Inequality

Income inequality is rapidly turning to becoming the most virulent political issue of our time, not least because more people feel affected by it than by climate change. We wonder: Where in the world has income inequality risen over past quarter century?

A. Between countries worldwide
B. Within countries
C. Within some regions
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