As the whole continent eagerly awaits Ursula von der Leyen’s State of the European Union address on Wednesday, there is good news for those of you who just can’t get enough of SOTEU. (as all the cool kids call it) – a Board Game! Made by the European Commission itself!
Making a board game isn’t easy, but this one has the added bonus of coming from the best laugh factory in the EU, the Commission. Because, as the old saying goes, “if you laugh, you learn”.
Playing the “von der Leyen Commission 101” game involves downloading two PDFs, one of the game board and the other containing the questions and answers. All you need to provide is a dice and a group of friends with in-depth knowledge of EU policy-making (summer 2019-present). Then you roll the dice and answer questions on a variety of hot topics. the subjects.
These include: “an analysis of defense investment gaps and proposals for additional measures to strengthen Europe’s defense industrial and technological base; “Adoption of an action plan on the prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing” — because nothing says fun like “terrorist financing”; — and “The Commission proposes the creation of the HERA incubator.”
We won’t give the answers because it would spoil your fun, but here at POLITICO we played the game and we can neither confirm nor deny that we did enough wrong. Some of the questions have multiple choice answers, which helps. But others don’t. And while some of the answers are easy – “Who was on the EU side leading the negotiations on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU?” is a gimme – others are a bit more difficult.
The answer to the question “What is vocational education and training?” contains 72 words and the rules do not specify whether you need all 72 words to re-roll the dice.
The winner is the first person to reach the finish line – and the prize is that you become Executive Vice President of the next Commission (maybe)!
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