Category Archives: English in Europe

English yes, but equal language rights first

The 11 official languages of the 15 member states of the European Union have equal rights. These languages are Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish. The languages of each member state are official and working … Continue reading

Posted in English in Europe | Leave a comment

A stateless language that Europe must embrace

The language policy in the European Union is both ineffective and hypocritical, and its ideas of linguistic equality and multilingualism are costly and cumbersome illusions. Why have these illusions been kept up for so long? First, because the French with … Continue reading

Posted in English in Europe | Leave a comment

Global English: The European Lessons A debate about the role of English

Europe is one of the world’s largest English-speaking regions, yet how much do we know about the language that is its lingua franca or the impact English is having on Europe’s linguistic diversity and identity? Guardian, April 18, 2001. Read … Continue reading

Posted in English in Europe | Leave a comment

Minority voices show strong instincts for survival

Evaluating the economic strengths of ‘smaller’ languages could be their best protection in Europe.guardian.co.uk,¬†April 19 2001. Read the whole article…

Posted in English in Europe | Leave a comment

Finns’ EU Language Policy Sets Off Boycott : No German, No Germans

Germany said Thursday that it would boycott a European Union meeting of industry ministers in Oulu, Finland, this weekend because there will be no German-language translation.¬†International Herald Tribune, July 2, 1999. Read the whole article…

Posted in English in Europe | Leave a comment

EU translation plan provokes protest

European Commissioner Neil Kinnock has been accused of trying to increase the dominance of the English language in the running of the European Union. The French and German foreign ministers have formally protested to European Commission president Romano Prodi about … Continue reading

Posted in English in Europe | Leave a comment

Entr’acte : With 9 more languages, EU’s Babel grows louder

This article loks at language issues in the European Union, with 10 new members adding nine languages to the European Union’s existing 11. Would the 25-nation bloc be more effective working in “one speech,” or at least only in its … Continue reading

Posted in English in Europe | Leave a comment