Contrary to earlier beliefs, the significance of English in the European Union can only increase as a result of the planned future exit of the United Kingdom, according to Politico’s Brussels news portal.
According to the article, after a referendum on British exile, some believed that, once Brexit was again French language became dominant in European diplomacy, Frenchmen in this regard were considered to be an opportunity, but paradoxically, the opposite is expected.
After leaving the United Kingdom, only two relatively small EU states – Ireland and Malta – remain the official language of English.
Certain non-French-speaking countries such as Poland, Italy or the Czech Republic, in particular, would like the global language “lingua franca”, that is, English with an intermediate language status, to be clearly the primary language of communication within the EU, “wrote Politico.
For a long time, English has been the number one working language of the European Union, and this process accelerated after the accession of Central and Eastern European states, where French was less widespread than in the West.
However, many people do not look at this with a good eye, which is also demonstrated by the fact that Philippe Léglise-Costa, France’s ambassador to the EU, recently walked out of a diplomatic negotiation in Brussels after the participants decided that they would only provide interpretation in English.
The last bastion of the French language is the European Court of Justice, according to official sources, however, even at the Luxembourg-based body, it is considered that in certain cases English is also used by France.
Former Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti last year thought that after leaving the British, the English should be the primary official language of the European Union.
“This is a lost battle. The French language previously occupied a dominant position, but I do not know how to maintain it,” cited France’s MEP Alain Lamassoure.