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Quiz about 2006 European Leaders
Quiz about 2006 European Leaders

2006 European Leaders Trivia Quiz


This quiz tests you on your knowledge of European leaders, either heads of state or heads of government, as they were in 2006. Good Luck!

A multiple-choice quiz by elchasai. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
elchasai
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
251,528
Updated
Feb 21 23
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Tough
Avg Score
6 / 10
Plays
562
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Question 1 of 10
1. Which of these figures succeeded the short-lived premiership of Halldor Asgrimsson? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. The title this man held, Taoiseach, is equivalent to the English title of Prime Minister. Who is he? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. This man's position in his government was set to expire by September of 2007, at which point Gordon Brown, Chancellor of the Exchequer, would assume his position within his party and therefore in the government. Who is he? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. This Scandinavian royal spent some of his childhood in the United States escaping the Nazi usurpation of his homeland. Which royal am I referring to? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. This Prime Minister succeeded Goran Persson in 2006 to become the youngest Prime Minister in Scandinavia. Who is he? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. This 2006 Prime Minister might be described as solidly to the right, although a strong voice for the EU he had been reticent about the new EU constitution and the Euro. He committed a large contingent of troops to Iraq in 2003 even being doused in red paint by protestors because of it, he was also a strong supporter of freedom of the press including the newspaper Jyllends-Posten. Who is he? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. This young P.M. who worked in The Hague has often been compared to Harry Potter. Who am I referring to? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. This Prime Minister was the only Prime Minister in the world, in 2006, whose first language was Flemish. Who is he? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. This man was the longest serving Prime Minister of Europe and the only P.M. of a Grand Duchy in the world, in 2006. Which man am I referring to? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. This former French Secretary of State who was the Prime Minister in 2006 was a charter member of Jacques Chirac's UMN party and a possible candidate to take-over the Presidential post following Chirac's eventual departure from that post. Who is he? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Which of these figures succeeded the short-lived premiership of Halldor Asgrimsson?

Answer: Geir Haarde

Upon agreement of the two largest parties in Iceland, the Independence Party and People's Party, David Oddsson Prime Minister for 13 years, stepped down in favor of People's Party leader, Halldor Asgrimsson, on the condition that an Independence Party figure would be the next premier after Asgrimsson.

It was interestingly enough the rare veto of President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson regarding anti-trust legislation in the Baudur Group case in 2005 that led to this changing of the guard.
2. The title this man held, Taoiseach, is equivalent to the English title of Prime Minister. Who is he?

Answer: Bertie Ahern

Bertie Ahern,the Prime Minister of Ireland, held the position since 1997. He was a party to developments leading to the Good Friday Peace accords regarding the future status of Northern Ireland. He was leader of Fianna Fail in the Irish parliament.
3. This man's position in his government was set to expire by September of 2007, at which point Gordon Brown, Chancellor of the Exchequer, would assume his position within his party and therefore in the government. Who is he?

Answer: Tony Blair

According to Labour Party agreements, Tony Blair would step down from the party leadership following the 10th anniversary of his assumption of power. Some claimed it was too early: some not early enough. It was well reported that there was a gentleman's agreement between Brown and Blair many years ago for such a transition.
4. This Scandinavian royal spent some of his childhood in the United States escaping the Nazi usurpation of his homeland. Which royal am I referring to?

Answer: King Harald V

King Harald V, King of Norway, was a child during the early years of the Second World War. He fled with other members of the royal family to escape the anti-monarchic and murderous regime of the Nazis and their proxies in the Quisling government in Oslo.

He spent parts of his childhood in Washington D.C., Houston and parts of Canada. He is an active supporter of the Norse community in North America and is even an accomplished yachtsman having participated in yachting events in both North American and Europe.
5. This Prime Minister succeeded Goran Persson in 2006 to become the youngest Prime Minister in Scandinavia. Who is he?

Answer: Fredrik Reinfeldt

Fredrik Reinfeldt was the newest Prime Minister of Sweden. He is a member of the center-right Moderate Party and one of the youngest Prime Ministers in Swedish history. His family heritage involves a wide array of foreign and minority aspects including Italian, Estonian, Gypsy and even American.
6. This 2006 Prime Minister might be described as solidly to the right, although a strong voice for the EU he had been reticent about the new EU constitution and the Euro. He committed a large contingent of troops to Iraq in 2003 even being doused in red paint by protestors because of it, he was also a strong supporter of freedom of the press including the newspaper Jyllends-Posten. Who is he?

Answer: Anders Fogh Rasmussen

Anders Fogh Rasmussen was the right of center prime Minister of Denmark, a leader in European consolidation and EU affairs he none-the-less had remained skeptical of too much regulation and consolidation in economic terms, having been a vocal critic of the Euro even though Denmark eventually acceded to it.

He had been seen in the same light as Britain and Sweden in this stance. He was one of the first European leaders to vociferously back the Bush plan to invade Iraq, being assaulted with red paint in early 2003 in a famous scene of protest.

In the Muhammad Cartoons affair, he remained stoically supportive of the freedom of the press receiving praise from all Danes for it, including Muslim, Christian and Non-religious Danes.
7. This young P.M. who worked in The Hague has often been compared to Harry Potter. Who am I referring to?

Answer: Jan Peter Balkenende

Balkenende was the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, this was his 2nd term as Prime Minister of this country, he led a coalition force of left and right parties. He first swept to power in the same election year that Pim Fortuyn the popular rightist was assassinated.

He has been Prime Minister in rough times that have seen a polarization of Dutch politics and society centering around the global war on terror. There has been a flareup of religious violence in the Netherlands seeing the deaths of anti-immigration figure Fortuyn and filmmaker Theo Van Gogh.
8. This Prime Minister was the only Prime Minister in the world, in 2006, whose first language was Flemish. Who is he?

Answer: Guy Verhofstadt

Guy Verhofstadt was the prime Minister of the Federal Kingdom of Belgium; he is from the northern region of Flanders and hence is Flemish. Brussels and the French speaking south (Brabant) make up the other two federated regions of Belgium. Verhofstadt was a key backer of international governmental structures and a leading figure of the Benelux nations. Brussels itself houses many EU buildings and he backed the International Criminal Court and has been a vocal opponent of the war in Iraq.
9. This man was the longest serving Prime Minister of Europe and the only P.M. of a Grand Duchy in the world, in 2006. Which man am I referring to?

Answer: Jean-Claude Juncker

Jean-Claude Juncker was the Prime Minister of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Luxembourg is one of the tiniest independent states in Europe but by far not the smallest. It is one of the key integrationist states of Western Europe and a leader of the Benelux bloc that instigated the nascent EC organization that was to eventually become the EU.

Henri is the Grand Duke, Jean-Claude Juncker had been serving Luxembourg three times as long as the Grand Duke Henri.
10. This former French Secretary of State who was the Prime Minister in 2006 was a charter member of Jacques Chirac's UMN party and a possible candidate to take-over the Presidential post following Chirac's eventual departure from that post. Who is he?

Answer: Dominique de Villepin

Villepin, a former Socialist, and one-time Gaullist left with Chirac to found the Union por Movement Nacional Party a Chirac-personality party to keep Chirac in power following numerous DeGaullist splits in party lines. He was famously involved in an entrenched battle with interior Minister Nicholas Sarkozy for succession to the leadership of the UMN. Villepin was seen as a key and pivotal figure in the UN run-up vote to the invasion of Iraq in 2003 expressing his government's disagreement.

He is also an accomplished author having written numerous political and governmental tractates and pamphlets as well as books about art and compendiums of his own poetry.
Source: Author elchasai

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