New EU Members Speak No English

Washington Times, April 1, 2006:

the [French] language is losing its dominance in the European Union.

EU statistics published last summer show only 7 percent of the organization's staff from the 10 new members speak French, while 62 percent say they speak English... Twenty years ago, 58 percent of EU documents were written initially in French. That proportion has dropped to 20 percent.

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