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Are EU Parliament speeches re-translated to minimize “lost in translation”?

According to this article a Romanian minister speech was particularly hard to translate, so the various (real-time?) translations were quite different: English Let me tell you that the fact that I ...
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Why do some people believe that antisemiticism means hostility to, prejudice, or discrimination exclusively against Jews? [closed]

According to Wikipedia (a secondary source) Semitic means Semitic most commonly refers to the Semitic languages, a name used since the 1770s to refer to the language family currently present in ...
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Are all recorded EP votes public? [duplicate]

I'm desparately trying to find who voted for the language equality in the digital age act, apart from the comittee.
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How does European Commission deal with EU countries language subtleties / local context?

This is somehow a follow up of this question that suggests that European Union should have reacted to a controversial declaration made by an ex-Romanian Prime Minister. I have noticed that European ...
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Why do EU countries never use language tests to help select/educate refugees?

If I were the leader of an EU country, I would state in a news broadcast that if refugees want to live in my country, they would have to learn our language first, and I would give high priority to ...
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Why wouldn't EU recommend Baltic states and Ukraine to give Russian language the official status?

As known, Russian language is widely spoken in states of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, which are EU members, and Ukraine, which has signed the association with EU, being native up to 50% of citizens by ...
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Why did German in South-Tyrol survive better than French in Aosta Valley?

The Italian regions of South-Tyrol and Aosta Valley have in common that although they're both part of modern Italy, they are, at least historically, places where the language spoken was not Italian. ...
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Does Pete Hoekstra, the US Ambassador to the Netherlands, speak Dutch?

The language abilities of an ambassador, and his/her choice of language, can be a reflection of his/her qualifications and/or the face he/she chooses to present to the country to which they are ...
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What are the benefits for Ireland to have a separate language, rather than exclusively relying on English?

Wikipedia has a nice summary of the current status of the Irish language: A comprehensive study published in 2007 on behalf of Údarás na Gaeltachta found that young people in the Gaeltacht, despite ...
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Does the EU acknowledge that the lack of a common language is a large trade barrier within the Union?

The cornerstone of the EU is ensuring complete economic integration of its members through the freedom of movement of goods, services and people. But there is one big issue that is seemingly ignored ...
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Why do people make the mistake of calling it a “job market?” [closed]

A market means that in a specific location (or via an online platform) by a consumer's own will, they can directly exchange money for goods and services while the market is operational. If someone is ...
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To what extent should a country be able to decide what it is called in other languages? [duplicate]

What are the arguments for and against the proposition that a country should have the right to determine what it is called in a foreign language, and that speakers of that language should heed the ...
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How proficient is Leo Varadkar in the Irish language?

The Irish language, and official support for it, is a major political issue in Ireland (and has been so since the inception of Irish nationalism). This includes politicians' abilities to use the Irish ...
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Why doesn't the US suppress the use of Spanish, similar to how France enforces its official language?

Looking at the Spanish language distribution in the US one can see that English is slowly losing its dominant status in the southern parts: So why don't American politicians attempt to restrict the ...
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Do any non-anglophone countries plan to introduce English as an official language?

Is there currently a country (or have there been such countries in the past) where the government is planning to introduce English as the official language, despite the fact that the local population ...
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How do leaders cross the language barrier during phone calls?

Recently, the American president spoke on the phone with leaders from around the world. Some are from English-speaking countries, but many are not, including Vladimir Putin. For such important and ...
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Will English be dropped as an official/working language of the EU after Brexit?

English is currently one of the 24 official languages of the European Union (EU), and one of the three “working” languages alongside French and German. Will the United Kingdom leaving the EU (Brexit) ...
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If Puerto Rico votes to become USA's 51st state, what effect would it have on Spanish being the primary official language?

Currently, Spanish is the main official language of Puerto Rico: P. Rico Senate declares Spanish over English as first official language The Puerto Rican Senate approved a bill Thursday declaring ...
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How does the Flemish government attempt to reduce the francisation of the Flemish rim/Brussels Periphery?

In recent centuries, Brussels has shifted from being majority Dutch-speaking to majority French-speaking. Brussels is officially a bilingual city but surrounded by Flanders. Flanders is officially ...
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What influences a country having or not having an official language?

What influences a country having, or not having, an official language? Politifact mentions that there are 14 countries without an official language: There are 196 nations, according to infoplease....
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What is the political goal for an independent country to deny a common language with a bigger neighbour?

I do not see the point in claiming there are separate languages named "Montenegrian", "Moldavian" or "Macedonian" when those were actually made up during the communism era and didn't exist before the ...
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Who decides on state names in foreign languages?

The questions really is just that: who decides what a state or country is called in foreign languages? As an example, the official title of Germany is "Bundesrepublik Deutschland" which is usually ...
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Which are more numerous in the EU? Native English speakers or native French speakers?

Which one is more numerous in the EU (minus the UK)? native English speakers or native French speakers ? After Brexit, what will be the main language of the EU? Would it be one? Or more than one?
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How many people are necessary and for how long to form an Ethnic Minority?

Everything is in the title. For instance in Switzerland, the Romansh are considered an ethnic minority, even though only 36'000 people speaks the language (or I should say the languages since it is ...
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External political consequences of a lingua franca

Lingua francas have been adopted to unite peoples within a country (e.g., Mandarin Chinese in China or Modern Hebrew in Israel), but I'm curious to know more of the political implications when lingua ...
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What are the greatest factors preventing the choice of a an official world auxiliary language?

The potential benefits to peace, security, education, commerce, science, arts and virtually every field of human endeavor are fairly obvious. English does serve as a kind of de facto lingua franca in ...
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Does speaking the same language reduce the likelihood of war?

One idea I've heard from time to time is that if we all spoke one language, we wouldn't have war any more. I can think of counter-examples to this. For example, the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq (both ...
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Did 'State' mean the same thing as today's 'country' during the time of the foundation of the USA?

It has been said that during the 18th century, the term State meant what we now refer to as countries. In other words, modern developments notwithstanding, did each US State start out as countries, ...
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What is the language of the Swiss national parliament?

In the European union parliament, armies of translators translate every word into all other languages. Switzerland is a country with 3–4 official languages: French, German, Italian, and Romansh. In ...