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Think you're a EU expert? Test your knowledge with our quiz.


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The European Union is the second-largest economy in the world, made up of 28 member states and over 500 million people. But how much do you really know about the key figures who run the union on a day-to-day basis? Who really calls the shots in Brussels? And just how many Presidents of Europe are there really? Test your knowledge on who’s who’s in the EU with our quiz below!

Want to brush up on your knowledge before taking the quiz? Visit our EU Hub.

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Q1. Which Irish MEP is Vice President of the European Parliament?

Right

​That’s correct! Mairead McGuinness is a Fine Gael politician from Louth representing Ireland Midlands-North West. She has been Vice President of the European Parliament since January 2017. You can find out more about how the Parliament works here.

Wrong

Sorry, no! Mairead McGuinness has been the Vice President of the European Parliament since January 2017. She is a Fine Gael politician from Louth representing Ireland Midlands-North West. You can find out more about how the Parliament works here.

Q2. Who is the current President of the European Parliament?

Right

Well done! Antonio Tajani is an Italian conservative who has been President of the European Parliament since January 2017 - but you probably knew that already, right? Find out why the Parliament matters here.

Wrong

Eh, no. The current President of the European Parliament is actually Antonio Tajani, an Italian conservative who has held the job since January 2017. Find out why the Parliament matters here.

Q3. How many Presidents are there of the European institutions?

Right

​Yep, you got it! There are seven Presidents who run the different institutions that make up the EU. You can read up on what those institutions are and how they work here.

Wrong

You guessed too few! There are actually seven Presidents who run the different institutions that make up the EU. You can read up on what those institutions are and how they work here.

Q4. Which of the following is not a position within the EU?

Right

​Obviously we can’t fool you! There is no President of the European Defence Agency, but you can read what one of our contributors thinks about the future of EU defence strategy and other challenges here.

Wrong

Actually, that one’s real! President of the European Defence Agency is the job we just made up, but if it sounded interesting then you can read what one of our contributors had to say about the future of EU defence strategy and other challenges here.

Q5. A very real and important role within the EU is the President of the European Commission. Who currently holds this position?

Right

​Got it in one! Jean-Claude Juncker is a former Prime Minister of Luxembourg who became President of the Commission after the 2014 European elections. One of his big ideas was the European Solidarity Corps, which you can learn more about here.

Wrong

Nope, it’s actually Jean-Claude Juncker. He’s a former Prime Minister of Luxembourg who became President of the Commission after the 2014 European elections. One of his big ideas was the European Solidarity Corps, which you can learn more about here.

Q6. The President of the Commission is assisted by one Commissioner for each member state. Who is the EU Commissioner of Ireland?

Right

​Yes! Former Environment Minister and Fine Gael politician Phil Hogan became Ireland’s EU Commissioner in 2014, looking after Agriculture and Rural Development policy. Click here if you want to know more about what the Commission actually does.

Wrong

Nope, Ireland’s EU Commissioner has actually been former Environment Minister and Fine Gael politician Phil Hogan since 2014. He’s in charge of the Commission’s policies on Agriculture and Rural Development. Click here if you want to know more about what the Commission actually does.

Q7. Another important member of the Commission is the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. They are...

Right

​You’re good at this. Federica Mogherini is an Italian progressive who has represented the EU to the rest of the world since 2014. One of Europe’s big global concerns is human rights, which you can read about here.

Wrong

​Fraid not! The High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy is currently Federica Mogherini, an Italian progressive who has represented the EU to the rest of the world since 2014. One of Europe’s big global concerns is human rights, which you can read about here.

Q8. Yet another important EU institution is the European Council. Who is the President of the European Council?

Right

​Correct! Donald Tusk resigned as Prime Minister of Poland in 2014 in order to take the role of Council President. Since then, Poland has clashed with the EU institutions - you can read a bit about why here.

Wrong

​Sorry, that’s not correct! It’s actually Donald Tusk, who resigned as Prime Minister of Poland in 2014 in order to take on the role. Since then, Poland has clashed with the EU institutions - you can read a bit about why here.

Q9. The European Council is made up of national leaders of the different EU countries. Which leader has been on it the longest?

Right

That’s right. Angela Merkel has been Chancellor of Germany since 2005, and is usually considered the most powerful woman in Europe. But remember, the future of Europe belongs to its young people, as clicking this link will help show.

Wrong

​Fair play to you for taking a chance and not clicking Merkel. But, unfortunately for you, she was the correct answer. But remember, the future of Europe belongs to its young people, as clicking this link will help show.

Q10. Brexit is probably the biggest issue facing the EU today. Who has the EU appointed as their Chief Negotiator with the UK?

Right

​Bravo! France’s Michel Barnier is the man charged with negotiating the final Brexit deal with the UK. You can read up on what exactly Brexit might mean here.

Wrong

Interesting guess, but it’s actually Michel Barnier who’s been tasked with negotiating the final Brexit deal with the UK. You can read up on what exactly Brexit might mean here.

So, how did you do?

You have completed 0 of 10 questions. Please complete them all.

Luckily, there’s a lot more to life than the European Union. But, if you feel like brushing up on your knowledge, check out our EU Hub for up to date info on all things European.

​You may know your Eurofederalists from your Brexiteers, but if you feel like brushing up on your knowledge about all things European, why not head over to our EU Hub?

​Nice, you’re a Euro-expert in the making! If you feel like getting even more informed, check out our EU Hub for a reliable guide to all things European.

Whoa. We tremble before your awesome powers of European knowledge. If there’s anything about the EU you don’t already know, it might just be over at our EU Hub. Please honour us with your presence there, oh mighty quiz winner.


Published June 15th2018
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