multilingualism

Politics 24-04-2017

EU offers more language choice to hopeful recruits

The EU has changed the language requirements for its recruitment process. Prospective candidates will now have a wider choice and no longer be limited to just English, French or German during the selection procedure.

Opinion leaders identify seven pillars for ‘better’ EU action

CIVICO-Europa, an informal group set up by opinion leaders and later supported by politicians, presented today (20 March) a manifesto for the future of Europe, based on “doing much better together”, rather than the traditional way of “doing more”.

Languages & Culture 24-02-2017

Parlez-vous English, French politicians?

The French are known for their laissez-faire attitude toward speaking English and political leaders are no exception to this cliché. The French presidential hopefuls' familiarity with the language of Shakespeare also varies from the capable to the shambolic.

Brexit 23-01-2017

BuzzFeed editor: Brexit calls for European media cooperation

BuzzFeed UK Europe Editor Alberto Nardelli advocates for more translation and localisation of media content, as well as more cooperation to balance out the often biased English-speaking press.

Languages & Culture 19-12-2016

New language protocol seeks to level linguistic playing field

More than a hundred ambassadors representing 25 minority European languages signed a protocol guaranteeing linguistic rights this weekend. EURACTIV Spain reports.

Euro & Finance 23-11-2016

Romania’s huge EU funding net gain revealed

Romania's contribution to the EU budget over the last decade only totalled €13 billion, according to the country's very first European Commissioner. EURACTIV Romania reports.

Elections 12-09-2016

Catalans rally in support of independence from Spain

Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets across Catalonia yesterday (11 September) to support a break from Spain which local leaders want to deliver for next year in spite of legal blocks by the central government.

Languages & Culture 09-06-2016

Language discrimination rife across EU

Calls for legislation to be drawn up or even for a Language Commissioner to be appointed have been made, in order to combat a rising number of discrimination cases across the European Union.

Languages & Culture 23-11-2015

The European Language Cloud, or how to enable a multilingual Europe

Europe’s linguistic diversity is a cultural and social asset, but modern language infrastructure is needed to truly unite Europe in its diversity, write Andrejs Vasi?jevs and Rihards Kalni?š.

Languages & Culture 30-06-2015

2015 EU Prize for Literature

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The European Union Prize for literature aims to put the spotlight on the creativity and wealth of European contemporary fiction. The winners were announced at the London Book Fair in April and received their awards at the prize ceremony in Brussels. Coverage will continue to the end of June.

Languages & Culture 19-06-2015

Clearing the hurdle of multilingualism

Only four percent of online spending by Europeans is currently done through cross-border purchases, largely due to segmented national language markets, argues Jochen Hummel.

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Public Affairs 08-05-2015

Meet the EURACTIV Network

Meet the EURACTIV Network: a total team of 106 - an editorial team of 51 - publishing in 12 languages - in 12 EU capitals.
Find out more on www.euractiv.com/OpenEURACTIV.

Lost in translation
Languages & Culture 04-05-2015

Will the Digital Single Market be multilingual?

The Latvian EU Presidency hosted the Riga Summit on a Multilingual Digital Single Market (DSM) last week, just before the European Commission launches its much-awaited DSM plan.

2014 EU Prize for Literature
Languages & Culture 10-11-2014

2014 EU Prize For Literature

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In November, 13 fiction writers received the 2014 European Union Prize for Literature. EURACTIV reports about the significance of this year’s awards.

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Languages & Culture 10-06-2014

Italian Presidency website will not be in French or German

The Italian Presidency of the European Union's official website will only publish in English and Italian, meaning it will not be translated into French or German for the first time since 2007, EURACTIV France reports.

Languages & Culture 24-04-2014

Next EU Commission President will be a polyglot

Being able to speak many languages is an important skillset for any high-ranking European politician. When it comes to language skills, some candidates for the presidency of the European Commission have a clear linguistic advantage. EURACTIV France reports.

Languages & Culture 03-12-2013

European schools clash with parents over long-awaited reforms

The board of governors of the European Schools will adopt a reform of the secondary curriculum later this week (4-6 December), hoping to overcome some of the academic and financial troubles, but parents slam the reform as being cost-cutting driven.

Languages & Culture 23-10-2013

English should be Brussels’ official language, Flemish minister says

If Brussels aspires to be an international city, it should make English an official language, the Flemish minister for education Pascal Smet has told EURACTIV.

Languages & Culture 27-09-2013

Eurostat: English reinforces its status as Europe’s ‘lingua franca’

Ninety four percent of upper secondary students learn English as a foreign language, according to new data published by Eurostat yesterday (26 September) to coincide with the European Day for Languages.

Languages & Culture 16-09-2013

A truly multilingual capital for the European Union

To meet Brussels’s exceptional linguistic challenge, the 'Marnix Plan' wants to mobilise Brussels’s diverse linguistic competence into an exciting collaborative project, writes Philippe Van Parijs.

Languages & Culture 12-07-2013

French EU circles gripped by feeling of decline: Survey

EXCLUSIVE / A EURACTIV survey of French EU professionals in Brussels, published ahead of Bastille Day, shows that an overwhelming 60% of respondents believe their country’s influence in Europe has declined since the financial and economic crisis swept the continent in 2008.

Languages & Culture 19-06-2013

Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Merkel wants more German spoken in EU

Angela Merkel's conservatives want to increase the use of German in Europe if they are re-elected in September, calling in their campaign programme for the language to be treated on a par with English and French in top Brussels institutions.

Languages & Culture 23-04-2013

French EU elite abandons ‘defensive’ stance on language

With the decline of French language in EU institutions now accepted by most as irreversible, French lawmakers and officials have started pushing a more assertive approach, based on the promotion of multilingualism and influence rather than language issues only.

Languages & Culture 22-04-2013

Francois Alfonsi MEP: ‘The loss of a language is always deliberate’

Languages would not disappear without a deliberate policy to marginalise them, says François Alfonsi, a Corsican MEP who has drafted a parliamentary report on endangered languages to be voted in June. For him, the EU has a role to play in protecting what he describes as “a European heritage”.