Los pueblos europeos de habla inglesa

La Unión Europea tiene una moneda única, pero en el caso de un idioma único ¿qué sucede? Desde sus inicios, la Unión Europea ha hecho idiomas oficiales de las lenguas de sus Estados miembros. Recientemente, incluso al irlandés, hablado a nivel local por una pequeña minoría, se le otorgo estatus oficial pleno.

El tratar a todos los idiomas de la Unión Europea en las mismas condiciones es una consecuencia directa de la igualdad formal de los Estados miembros bajo los tratados constitutivos. Que la legislación esté escrita en el idioma de todos los lugares en donde se aplique es también una cuestión de principios democráticos.

Pero la postura de la Unión Europea como protector de la diversidad lingüística no puede ocultar la estampida hacia el inglés que está en marcha. Parece que mientras más idiomas haya más inglés se habla. Con todo, la Comisión Europea aún alienta a los jóvenes a aprender tantos idiomas como les sea posible. Sería políticamente letal reconocer el estado real de las cosas, aun cuando la política oficial solamente incremente las probabilidades de que los europeos, con todos sus esfuerzos, no se entiendan los unos a los otros.

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