Sunday, February 27, 2005

A Howl of Protest Over Incidentals, a Pond of Silence Over Substance

José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, is facing a rebellion in Brussels after Italian and Spanish were quietly downgraded as working languages of the European Union
reports Graham Bowley in the International Herald Tribune.
The subject of language is delicate in Brussels, where speeches often have to be repeated two or three times, press releases are issued in triplicate and earphones are a necessary accessory in meetings and conferences.
Meanwhile, Kosmopolit explains what happens when EU citizens want to debate the future of the Union…

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