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Volume 30 • Number 2

April 2016



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.

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