Juncker downgrades English as a "less important language", chooses French.

Wascurito

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European Commission president, Jean Claude Juncker, has stirred controversy today by describing English as a less important language.

In comments likely to infuriate Downing Street even further, he announced at the start of a speech before EU dignitaries in Italy that he'd be speaking in French because English was “losing its importance in Europe”.

The audience members reportedly clapped and laughed as he made his remarks.

Hey ho. At this rate, there'll be clashes in the English Channel before the end of the month.

FT: Juncker opts for French for speech as ‘English is losing importance’
 


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Culturally French is more important than English but in terms of Business English is the more important of the two.
 

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European Commission president, Jean Claude Juncker, has stirred controversy today by describing English as a less important language.

In comments likely to infuriate Downing Street even further, he announced at the start of a speech before EU dignitaries in Italy that he'd be speaking in French because English was “losing its importance in Europe”.

The audience members reportedly clapped and laughed as he made his remarks.

Hey ho. At this rate, there'll be clashes in the English Channel before the end of the month.

FT: Juncker opts for French for speech as ‘English is losing importance’
Makes sense. We will be the only remaining English speaking country. Even then we aren't an official English speaking country.


Why would Britain care what language regulation the EU lays down in the future?

In fact, they are probably laughing, because once again, it is this very central regulation and control that led to Brexit in the first place.
 

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Culturally French is more important than English but in terms of Business English is the more important of the two.
True. Also, east European members are a lot more likely to speak English than French.
 

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European Commission president, Jean Claude Juncker, has stirred controversy today by describing English as a less important language.

In comments likely to infuriate Downing Street even further, he announced at the start of a speech before EU dignitaries in Italy that he'd be speaking in French because English was “losing its importance in Europe”.

The audience members reportedly clapped and laughed as he made his remarks.

Hey ho. At this rate, there'll be clashes in the English Channel before the end of the month.

FT: Juncker opts for French for speech as ‘English is losing importance’
Hmmm... international language of business and aviation etc... and spoken by large swathes of the world including many in northern Europe who have a better grasp of English than many in Britain do. America will have a lot to do with English not going away any time soon too... pop culture... Hollywood... etc. all dominated by English... not many songs at Eurovision sung in any languages other than English these days either...

Yeah... I doubt English will be 'downgraded' as much as some in France might like... if anything it's spreading...

And Juncker is a complete w*nker anyway...
 

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Makes sense. We will be the only remaining English speaking country. Even then we aren't an official English speaking country.


Why would Britain care what language regulation the EU lays down in the future?

In fact, they are probably laughing, because once again, it is this very central regulation and control that led to Brexit in the first place.
Juncker is just stirring it. Clearly, the atmosphere at that Downing Street dinner was exceptionally vile and he and Theresa May are still sparring. Donald Tusk was trying to calm things down yesterday. Someone needs to be the adult in all this.
 

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Juncker is just stirring it. Clearly, the atmosphere at that Downing Street dinner was exceptionally vile and he and Theresa May are still sparring. Donald Tusk was trying to calm things down yesterday. Someone needs to be the adult in all this.
Tis the way the EU operates... except they've a lot more than just a good cop and a bad cop...

They've a whole plethora of cops... all of whom will emit contradictory and mixed messages throughout Brexit...

We've seen all this before - in particular during the crash in relation to Ireland... and it's completely tedious...

The Brits haven't done themselves any favours by rising to it...

Plus the way the Brits go on you'd think they weren't still a member of the EU and that for the last 40 years they were held at gun point within the EU...

Any of the sh!te they give out about wrt the EU was sh!te they signed up to and have been part of throughout... and yet the tedious endless whinging they indulge in is that the big bad EU did it all to them... FFS :roll:

Both sides have plenty of a'holes among them...
 

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True. Also, east European members are a lot more likely to speak English than French.
Also Asians are as well. Like it or not English has more or less become the international language of Business. I cannot see that changing any time soon.
 

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It makes perfect sense to stop using the English language for European matters.
 

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Dorn san aer don Ghaoluinn!
 

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Junker is a moron obviously. English is the most important language in the world because America speaks it. We might wish it were otherwise but it's not.

The childishness of the EU leadership in this negotiation is a disgrace and it does not represent the people of Europe. Who do we vote for to express our disapproval of our side's approach? When is Junker up for re-election?

The only option is to vote for Britain in the Eurovision. Let Brussels know we don't share their hostility. I know the song is probably crap but that will make the point even more clearly.
 

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European Commission president, Jean Claude Juncker, has stirred controversy today by describing English as a less important language.

In comments likely to infuriate Downing Street even further, he announced at the start of a speech before EU dignitaries in Italy that he'd be speaking in French because English was “losing its importance in Europe”.

The audience members reportedly clapped and laughed as he made his remarks.

Hey ho. At this rate, there'll be clashes in the English Channel before the end of the month.

FT: Juncker opts for French for speech as ‘English is losing importance’
He did give another reason which wasn't unreasonable in the circumstances
The Luxembourgish politician, who was introduced in English, said the other reason was to be heard by French audience on the eve of the French presidential election. “I would like them to understand what I am saying about Europe and nations,” Mr Juncker.
Nevertheless, the man is a complete barking loon.
 

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As if English would lose its importance because this turd wills it.
 

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Having made some of my living back in the day as a TEFL teacher in Spain I never noticed any great enthusiasm for learning French , though it was the neighbouring language.
 

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Tis the way the EU operates... except they've a lot more than just a good cop and a bad cop...

They've a whole plethora of cops... all of whom will emit contradictory and mixed messages throughout Brexit...

We've seen all this before - in particular during the crash in relation to Ireland... and it's completely tedious...

The Brits haven't done themselves any favours by rising to it...

Plus the way the Brits go on you'd think they weren't still a member of the EU and that for the last 40 years they were held a gun point within the EU...

Any of the sh!te they give out about wrt the EU was sh!te they signed up to and have been part of throughout... and yet the tedious endless whinging they indulge in is that the big bad EU did it all to them... FFS :roll:

Both sides have plenty of a'holes among them...
It's startling how quickly things are unraveling. The only hope is that things will calm down after the British election.



Maybe it's a cunning plan hatched between Downing Street and Brussels to maximize May's majority so she can face down the loopiest Tory back-benchers and deliver a fairly soft Brexit....?
 

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Having made some of my living back in the day as a TEFL teacher in Spain I never noticed any great enthusiasm for learning French , though it was the neighbouring language.
English is the language of business, travel and Hollywood. French is the language of...well the French.
 

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True. Also, east European members are a lot more likely to speak English than French.
My experience of Eastern Europe is that German is more useful again than English.

Most under 40s speak German and English. Over 40 and almost everyone can speak German and Russian, while only those who have bothered to go and learn English as an adult have it.
 

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Makes sense. We will be the only remaining English speaking country. Even then we aren't an official English speaking country.


Why would Britain care what language regulation the EU lays down in the future?

In fact, they are probably laughing, because once again, it is this very central regulation and control that led to Brexit in the first place.
Officially our first language is Irish. While Malta's first language is Maltese. Unless one of us change our official designation English will cease to be an official language of the EU.
 


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