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Charles de Gaulle was right.

The former president articulated the despair of French officials throughout history when he said, “How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?”


POLITICO set out to test that theory by comparing the number of cheeses each EU country produces with its political stability (or otherwise).

It turns out that the number of cheeses a country correlates with political instability (as measured by the World Bank). Its index “measures perceptions of the likelihood that the government will be destabilized or overthrown by unconstitutional or violent means, including politically-motivated violence and terrorism.”

Read more here.