Communication, Efficiency, and Fairness
in the European Union
by Isaac Taylor
Political integration in the European Union (EU) creates the need for a means
of communication among the various linguistic communities of Europe.
There are two options that could be selected to achieve this. Under what I will
call a "multilingual regime," linguistic communities would largely continue to
use their own native language, and communication across communities would
be facilitated through translation. Under a "unilingual regime," by contrast, one
language (a "lingua franca") is selected for the purpose of communication, and
non-native speakers of that language are required to become proficient in order
to be able to participate in European politics.