POLITICO’s quiz of the year 2023

POLITICO’s quiz of the year

How well do you remember 2023?

By Ali Walker and Paul Dallison

<p><strong><span style=”color: rgb(0, 0, 0)”>Which of these European commissioners did not step away from Ursula von der Leyen’s top team this year?</span></strong></p>

Jutta UrpilainenYlva JohanssonMariya Gabriel

<p><strong><span style=”color: rgb(0, 0, 0)”>Von der Leyen joined Mark Rutte and Giorgia Meloni on a trip to which country to strike a deal to limit migrant departures?</span></strong></p>

AlgeriaTurkeyTunisia

<p><strong><span style=”color: rgb(0, 0, 0)”>A European Parliament staffer says he suffered a near-death experience after eating soup containing which unadvertised ingredient bought at a canteen in Strasbourg?</span></strong></p>

PeanutsShrimpChili

<p><strong><span style=”color: rgb(0, 0, 0)”>National capitals dashed EU plans for a new residence for its ambassador in which city because the apartment was too fancy?</span></strong></p>

LondonWashingtonOslo

<p><strong><span style=”color: rgb(0, 0, 0)”>A train carrying MEPs bound for Strasbourg accidentally ended up at which destination?&nbsp;</span></strong></p>

Disneyland ParisSt. PancrasFrankfurt airport

<p><strong><span style=”color: rgb(0, 0, 0)”>France’s armed forces minister was furious at the depiction of French troops in which movie?</span></strong></p>

NapoleonBlack Panther: Wakanda ForeverOppenheimer

<p><strong><span style=”color: rgb(0, 0, 0)”>Paris has a bedbug problem that has caused uproar (and itchiness). What’s the Latin name for bedbugs?</span></strong></p>

Cimex lectularius ColeopteraLutetia Parisiorum

<p><strong><span style=”color: rgb(0, 0, 0)”>Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo’s trip to which Pacific island caused a storm in France?&nbsp;</span></strong></p>

AitutakiTahitiVanuatu

<p><strong><span style=”color: rgb(0, 0, 0)”>Bernard Arnault, one of the world’s most powerful CEOs, lobbied Emmanuel Macron to replace Elisabeth Borne as PM. But who did Arnault want in the role?</span></strong></p>

HimselfGérald DarmaninBruno Le Maire

<p><strong><span style=”color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 11pt”>Which French politician appeared on the cover of Playboy in April?</span></strong></p>

Emmanuel MacronMarlène SchiappaMarine Le Pen

<p><strong><span style=”color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 11pt”>It was revealed that the German government splashed out almost €55,000 on what for ex-Chancellor Angela Merkel since she left office in 2021?</span></strong></p>

Trouser suitsSoupHair and makeup

<p><strong><span style=”color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 11pt”>Chancellor Olaf Scholz suffered a sporting accident this year that led to him wearing what?</span></strong></p>

A cast on his armAn eye patchA bandage around his head

<p><strong><span style=”color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 11pt”>Finance Minister Christian Lindner came under fire for flaunting his wealth after putting on what at the end of a TV talk show?</span></strong></p>

A Rolex watchA diamond ringAn Armani jacket

<p><strong><span style=”color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 11pt”>Which constitutional spending law has caused consternation for the governing coalition?&nbsp;</span></strong></p>

Debt acceleratorDebt brakeDebt clutch

<p><strong><span style=”color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 11pt”>A man high on drugs made his way into Olaf Scholz’s official convoy in May, hugged the chancellor and asked him to do what?&nbsp;</span></strong></p>

Save the worldHelp UkrainePlay some music

<p><strong><span style=”color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 11pt”>David Cameron made a shock return to front-line politics after years hiding in a shed. How many British prime ministers have there been since he left office in 2016?</span></strong></p>

ThreeFourFive

<p><strong><span style=”color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 11pt”>Labour leader Keir Starmer met French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris and gave him a football club T-shirt. But from which club?</span></strong></p>

TottenhamManchester UnitedArsenal

<p><strong><span style=”color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 11pt”>Which American rock star turned up to watch Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons?</span></strong></p>

Gene SimmonsDave GrohlAxl Rose

<p><strong><span style=”color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 11pt”>A senior Scottish government minister blamed an £11,000 data roaming charge, incurred on a parliamentary iPad, on what?&nbsp;</span></strong></p>

His wife FaceTiming her friends while abroadHis sons watching football His dog accidentally downloading a movie

<p><strong><span style=”color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 11pt”>In March, King Charles took his first trip since becoming monarch. Where did he go?</span></strong></p>

New YorkParisBerlin

<p><strong><span style=”color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 11pt”>Geert Wilders’ party won the Dutch election in November. But who led the grouping in second place?</span></strong></p>

Frans TimmermansPieter Omtzigt Dilan Yeşilgöz

<p><strong><span style=”color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 11pt”>What did controversial former Romanian socialist leader Liviu Dragnea launch?</span></strong></p>

His own social media siteA cooking showA fleet of luxury yachts

<p><strong><span style=”color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 11pt”>Norwegian left-wing party leader Bjørnar Moxnes resigned in July after being caught stealing which item?&nbsp;</span></strong></p>

An electric scooterA pair of sunglassesA laptop

<p><strong><span style=”color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 11pt”>Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan won reelection in May with what percentage of the runoff vote?</span></strong></p>

526272

<p><strong><span style=”color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 11pt”>Sanna Marin was ousted as Finnish prime minister after a spring election. Which global organization did she join after being voted out?&nbsp;</span></strong></p>

Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationWorld Economic ForumThe Tony Blair Institute for Global Change

<p><strong><span style=”color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 11pt”>Nikki Haley called which fellow Republican presidential candidate “scum”?</span></strong></p>

Donald TrumpRon DeSantisVivek Ramaswamy

<p><strong><span style=”color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 11pt”>Who was elected as the new speaker of the House of Representatives in October?&nbsp;</span></strong></p>

Dave SmithMike JohnsonSteve Jones

<p><strong><span style=”color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 11pt”>The Biden family’s dog, Commander, was moved out of the White House after he repeatedly did what?</span></strong></p>

Urinated on the floor Interrupted Oval Office meetingsBit people

<p><strong><span style=”color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 11pt”>Mitt Romney announced he would retire from politics in 2024. But which state is the former Republican presidential candidate a senator for?</span></strong></p>

MassachusettsUtahOregon

<p><strong><span style=”color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 11pt”>Enrique Tarrio, the former top leader of the Proud Boys, was sentenced to how long in prison for his role in the January 6, 2021 U.S. Capitol insurrection?</span></strong></p>

2 years12 years 22 years

<p><strong><span style=”color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 11pt”>Whose teeth did Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin threaten to pull out?</span></strong></p>

Emmanuel MacronOlaf ScholzVolodymyr Zelenskyy

<p><strong><span style=”color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 11pt”>Which southern Russian city did Prigozhin’s mercenaries capture with no resistance during his mutiny against the Kremlin?</span></strong></p>

Krasnodar Rostov-on-DonVolgograd

<p><strong><span style=”color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 11pt”>What did Prigozhin say the temperature was during a video shot in Africa days before his death?</span></strong></p>

30 degrees Celsius40 degrees Celsius50 degrees Celsius

<p><strong><span style=”color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 11pt”>What did Vladimir Putin say could have caused the plane crash in which Prigozhin died?</span></strong></p>

Passengers were high on cocaine and playing with grenades A missile strikePilot error

<p><strong><span style=”color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 11pt”>Where was Prigozhin buried?</span></strong></p>

St. Petersburg BamakoVoronezh

<p><strong><span style=”color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 11pt”>“Anyone who has had anything to do with Ukraine knows that this is a country that is corrupt at all levels of society.”</span></strong></p>

Viktor OrbánJean-Claude Juncker Vladimir Putin

<p><strong><span style=”color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 11pt”>“President Xi is a brilliant man: If you went all over Hollywood to look for somebody to play the role of President Xi, you couldn’t find him.”</span></strong></p>

Luiz Inácio Lula da SilvaDonald Trump Elon Musk

<p><strong><span style=”color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 11pt”>“This is a witch hunt by the opposition.”</span></strong></p>

Kaja KallasAntónio CostaDonald Trump

<p><strong><span style=”color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 11pt”>“Perhaps the less junk, the better. There is less of a chance of bedbugs coming here from large European cities.”</span></strong></p>

Ebrahim RaisiKim Jong UnVladimir Putin

<p><strong><span style=”color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 11pt”>“For me, Silvio [Berlusconi] was a dear person, a true friend. I have always sincerely admired his wisdom, his ability to make balanced, far-sighted decisions even in the most difficult situations. During each of our meetings, I was literally charged with his incredible vitality, optimism and sense of humor. His death is an irreparable loss and great sorrow.”</span></strong></p>

Giorgia MeloniVladimir PutinRecep Tayyip Erdoğan