News from Spain, France and Cyprus

Tuesday's World Events - March 26, 2013


1. For each of the 3 countries, give the following information:

a) capital
b) location/the countries that share its borders:
c) the religious breakdown of the population:
d) the type of government:
e) the chief of state (and head of government if different) [If monarch or dictator, since what date has he/she ruled? - include name of heir apparent for monarch]:
f) the population:

[Find the answers at the CIA World FactBook website. For each country, answers can be found under the "Geography" "People" and "Government" headings.  Go to for a list of continents.]

2. For SPAIN:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) Consider much of the content youtube allows to remain posted. Do you think it is hypocritical of youtube management to attempt to block videos of traditional bullfighting? Explain your answer.

3. For FRANCE:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) Were you surprised by the large number of people opposed to same-sex marriage in France?  Explain your answer.
c) What were the protesters asking the government to do?
d) Do you think this is an unreasonable request?

4. For CYPRUS:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) Is the threat of government bankruptcy a good reason to confiscate bank account holders' money?  Explain your answer.
c) Jeroen Dijsselbloem, who chairs the meetings of the eurozone's finance ministers defended the eurozone's approach of making deposit holders take heavy losses, saying the measures "will be concentrated where the problems are, in the large banks." Do you agree with this assertion?  How would you respond to a person who said Mr. Dijsselbloem's was not a logical explanation?