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Push To Make English EU’s Official Second Language

Germany’s President Joachin Gauck has led a push for English to be made the official second language of the EU, reports YouGov.

The move has been backed by the public in five major European countries as currently 24 languages used require 1.7 million pages of translation work each year, at a cost of £257 million. A new EuroTrack poll by YouGov finds that majorities of the public in five out of six Northern European countries agree with the idea. On average, 61% of the six Northern European nations polled agree or strongly agree with ‘plans to make English an official second language in all EU countries.’ At 69%, the British public agree more than do the public of any other nation polled. Although apart from Finland where only 49% agree, agreement in all nations is within 10% of Britain’s: 65% of Sweden agrees, as does 63% of Denmark, 60% of France and 59% of Germany, says YouGov. See full poll results here.

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