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View Poll Results: What would you personally prefer to happen?
I want the UK to stay in an ever-closer union 49 23.11%
I want the UK to stay in a loosely connected EU 68 32.08%
I want the UK out because the EU is bad for the UK 22 10.38%
I want the UK out because the EU is a bad thing 23 10.85%
I want the UK out because this would be good for the rest of us 17 8.02%
I don't really care 33 15.57%
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English is the only language that is used and understood by all 27 members of the EU. I doubt many Polish/Hungarian/Croatian/etc people speak French.
Maybe they speak Luxemburgish?
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Juncker needs to have an unfortunate incident of some form that forces him to retire from politics.
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Old 05.05.2017, 14:10
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Juncker needs to have an unfortunate incident of some form that forces him to retire from politics.
Maybe he can change places with Prince Philip.

On second thoughts. No.
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Old 05.05.2017, 14:18
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They just need to keep feeding Juncker alcohol and watch it all unravel..
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Old 05.05.2017, 16:09
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English is the only language that is used and understood by all 27 members of the EU. I doubt many Polish/Hungarian/Croatian/etc people speak French.
But the thing is that once the U.K. exits there will be no legal requirement for the EU to provide documents and services in English! Neither Ireland nor Malta have selected English as their national language. I don't know about Malta, but the Irish Dept Of Foreign Affair has always used French.

There is of course a legal requirement to provide full services in Polish etc... so they will not need to learn French

What ever about Malta, it is hard to see how Irish citizens can get by with services only in Irish.
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Romansch for all!
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IIRC, the most common language after English is now German (in the EU) - because a lot of Eastern European states teach that in school at an early age.

So, I'd say it's a classic case of "Be careful what you wish for".
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Old 05.05.2017, 17:15
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IIRC, the most common language after English is now German (in the EU) - because a lot of Eastern European states teach that in school at an early age.

So, I'd say it's a classic case of "Be careful what you wish for".
In Soviet times the Eastern European states all taught Russian in their schools so maybe that is the most common language
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But the thing is that once the U.K. exits there will be no legal requirement for the EU to provide documents and services in English! Neither Ireland nor Malta have selected English as their national language. I don't know about Malta, but the Irish Dept Of Foreign Affair has always used French.
That need not mean there won't be anymore documents in English. I guess it will be the same situation as in CH where many documents are available in English, including some laws - they just can't be used as legal base.
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In Soviet times the Eastern European states all taught Russian in their schools so maybe that is the most common language
That was a long time ago.
I guess it pretty much stopped in 1990. That's almost 30 years now.

And because people weren't even supposed to travel to Russia and befriend the population there, it wasn't practiced much, if at all.

Getting rid of English in EU documents would be very, very foolish on a lot of levels.
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Old 05.05.2017, 17:35
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That was a long time ago.
I guess it pretty much stopped in 1990. That's almost 30 years now.

And because people weren't even supposed to travel to Russia and befriend the population there, it wasn't practiced much, if at all.

Getting rid of English in EU documents would be very, very foolish on a lot of levels.


People did not have to travel to Russia, the Russians came to "befriend" them!
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Old 05.05.2017, 17:37
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That need not mean there won't be anymore documents in English. I guess it will be the same situation as in CH where many documents are available in English, including some laws - they just can't be used as legal base.
I would expect that it will be added as some kind of stand alone option rather being attached to a country. Of course since all translators need to be EU citizens there is a jobs opportunity so perhaps Ireland or Malta will switch...
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Old 05.05.2017, 18:02
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That was a long time ago.
I guess it pretty much stopped in 1990. That's almost 30 years now.

And because people weren't even supposed to travel to Russia and befriend the population there, it wasn't practiced much, if at all.

Getting rid of English in EU documents would be very, very foolish on a lot of levels.
From what Ive heard from different people who grew up in that time, it was taught very badly and despite kids having to sit through infinite hours of it, very few of them reached any level of fluency.

In the meantime, many picked up basic English by listening to the radio.
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It seems this is still going on:

President of Irish High Court to make ruling on Brexit

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It seems Mr Justice Peter Kelly will rule on whether the court has jurisdiction or not on the 31st of May.
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Tragically spot on analysis: May and co drip drip preparing to blame the EU's intransigeance for what is about to unfurl- which is based on the mistakes of the past years to deal with debt, etc:

https://www.facebook.com/RTUKnews/vi...3614233928452/
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You could not make this stuff up!

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Britain has called in an international war negotiator, William Ury, to counter growing hostility between Brussels and London over Brexit.

Ministers asked a leading US negotiator for help after he played a key role in ending the seemingly intractable 52 year-long war in Colombia, South America.

On Saturday a spokesman for the Department for Exiting the European Union confirmed that officials had already held a meeting with Mr Ury.
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Good idea to pull in top people; but what sort of message does it give that we do not have the skills locally?
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But the thing is that once the U.K. exits there will be no legal requirement for the EU to provide documents and services in English! Neither Ireland nor Malta have selected English as their national language. I don't know about Malta, but the Irish Dept Of Foreign Affair has always used French.

There is of course a legal requirement to provide full services in Polish etc... so they will not need to learn French

What ever about Malta, it is hard to see how Irish citizens can get by with services only in Irish.
Virtually zero French understood in Malta, Italian would be the 3rd most spoken language.
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Virtually zero French understood in Malta, Italian would be the 3rd most spoken language.
And since Italian is still a state language they would not have a problem...
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Old 07.05.2017, 16:31
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You could not make this stuff up!



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Good idea to pull in top people; but what sort of message does it give that we do not have the skills locally?
It just confirms how out of touch they are. The one thing they desperately need is a good understanding of the EU, the procedures and the laws so they can negotiate their way through it. An American blowing hot will not fix it for them.
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