News from the EU, Israel and Denmark

Tuesday's World Events - January 24, 2017

Questions

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

  1. capital
  2. location/the countries that share its borders
  3. the religious breakdown of the population
  4. the type of government
  5. 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
  6. 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.

NOTE to students: Before answering the questions below, read the information under “Background” and watch the news videos under “Resources.”

2. For THE EUROPEAN UNION:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) List the leaders from various European Union (EU) countries that spoke at the rally.
c) What did they call on voters from their countries to do?
d) The writer explains: “Europe's establishment parties, far from addressing the concerns of ordinary voters, have tried to silence dissent by branding naysayers as xenophobes, Islamophobes and neo-Nazis.”
They are also referred to as “far-right” “nationalist” as negative labels. A nationalist is defined by Oxford as: a person who advocates political independence for a country: a person with strong patriotic feelings, especially one who believes in the superiority of their country over others. Do you think the “nationalists” will win in upcoming elections in their respective countries? Explain your answer.
Ask a parent the same question.

3. For ISRAEL:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) How tall is the tower? Why is it so tall? (see video under “Resources” for answer)
c) What percent of Israel’s renewable energy needs will this solar tower produce?
d) Define subsidized. What is the aim of constructing this tower that does not make a profit, but needs government subsidies to be constructed and operate? (see video under “Resources” for answer)
e) Do you support government subsidies for solar energy in the U.S.? Explain your answer.

4. For DENMARK:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) For what reasons did the Danish government make this decision?