After BREXIT: English in the EU: Lingua franca – The Economist Magazine

English in the EU: Lingua franca 

…. Britain is leaving the EU, but its language will stay

The Economist Magazine – May 9, 2017

“Slowly but surely, English is losing importance,” quipped Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, before switching to French to deliver a speech last week. In fact, EU enlargement has shifted the balance from French towards English. 97% of secondary-school students outside Britain study English; only 34% learn French and 23% German. Unlike Britain, English is here to stay, …..writes our language columnist <click
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