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I thought they spoke English in Malta [anecdotally from knowing people who have been there]. Google tells me otherwise ... go figure...
 

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midlander12

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No need.

The EU is not about to drop English.

It's the most widely used language of day-to-day business used in the EU by quite a long shot.

If English was dropped, the majority of Germans (for example) would no longer be able to communicate with almost anyone else in the Union without the use of an interpreter.
That might come as a relief to many. However, I suspect they would succeed in making themselves understood.
 

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No need.

The EU is not about to drop English.

It's the most widely used language of day-to-day business used in the EU by quite a long shot.

If English was dropped, the majority of Germans (for example) would no longer be able to communicate with almost anyone else in the Union without the use of an interpreter.
Like the majority in any country, the majority of Germans have no need to communicate in any language other than their own.

The educated Germans, however, have more than sufficient English to deal with their peers in other countries.
 

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As said previously, English is the de facto lingua franca for the accession states - the diplomatic status of French has fallen through the floor since WW2, and German is very much a minority affair outside of Mitteleuropa.
 

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Ireland is the only English speaking country left in the EU.
 

Barroso

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As said previously, English is the de facto lingua franca for the accession states - the diplomatic status of French has fallen through the floor since WW2, and German is very much a minority affair outside of Mitteleuropa.
Things can change very quickly. Russian was their de facto lingua franca as recently as 20 years ago. Probably even less.
On the other hand, lots of them do business with Germany. Those people will have learnt German.
Germans holiday in Eastern Europe. People in the holiday areas will have learnt German to deal with them.
Many Eastern Europeans work in Germany. Those people will have learnt German.
None of this is visible to us. We live in an English language bubble; many Irish people think that this bubble is the whole world. It isn't. Forget that at your peril.
 

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Ireland is the only English speaking country left in the EU.
Talk about premature ejection.

They're not gone yet. The kids have just had a family chat amongst themselves and decided that they're going to run away from home. But they haven't told Mammy or Daddy EU yet, and some of the kids are having second thoughts...
 

che schifo

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Ireland is the only English speaking country left in the EU.
I suspect there are more English speaking people in Germany than there are in Ireland.
 

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