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A ‘one-language’ EU policy would foster elitism and hit disproportionately the least advantaged

Gazzola, Michele (2016) A ‘one-language’ EU policy would foster elitism and hit disproportionately the least advantaged. Democratic Audit UK (20 Aug 2016). Website.

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In an increasingly anglo-centric world, is multilingualism still needed in the European Union? The answer is a resounding yes, according to a study by Michele Gazzola. Analysing Eurostat data, he finds that making English the only official language of the EU would exclude approximately four out of five EU citizens from having a deep understanding of official information. This would in turn foster inequality in the access to EU tenders, and likely end up further fuelling Euroscepticism. As he argues, the 0.0087% of the EU’s GDP invested in multilingualism is a price well worth paying to ensure linguistic inclusion.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
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Additional Information: © 2016 The Author(s)
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2017 12:30
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2021 23:22

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