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"From the Ted Talk by George Papandreou: Imagine a European democracy without borders"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

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Open Cloze

Greece, yes, triggered the Euro crisis, and some people _____ me for _______ the trigger. But I think today that most would agree that ______ was only a symptom of much deeper structural problems in the eurozone, vulnerabilities in the wider global economic system, vulnerabilities of our democracies. Our democracies are trapped by systems too big to fail, or, more accurately, too big to control. Our democracies are ________ in the global economy with _______ that can evade laws, evade taxes, evade environmental or labor standards. Our democracies are undermined by the growing inequality and the growing concentration of _____ and wealth, lobbies, corruption, the _____ of the markets or simply the fact that we sometimes fear an impending disaster, have constrained our democracies, and they have constrained our ________ to _______ and actually use the _________, your potential, in finding solutions.

Solution

  1. blame
  2. weakened
  3. imagine
  4. capacity
  5. speed
  6. potential
  7. players
  8. greece
  9. power
  10. pulling

Original Text

Greece, yes, triggered the Euro crisis, and some people blame me for pulling the trigger. But I think today that most would agree that Greece was only a symptom of much deeper structural problems in the eurozone, vulnerabilities in the wider global economic system, vulnerabilities of our democracies. Our democracies are trapped by systems too big to fail, or, more accurately, too big to control. Our democracies are weakened in the global economy with players that can evade laws, evade taxes, evade environmental or labor standards. Our democracies are undermined by the growing inequality and the growing concentration of power and wealth, lobbies, corruption, the speed of the markets or simply the fact that we sometimes fear an impending disaster, have constrained our democracies, and they have constrained our capacity to imagine and actually use the potential, your potential, in finding solutions.

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