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Photo journal: Breaking down the EU language barrier
General view of press briefing
Dominant language

In 1973, when the UK joined, it was thought English would become more predominant. But it didn't because the diplomats posted in Brussels knew French.

French lost its influence with the 1995 enlargement, when Austria, Finland and Sweden joined, because very few representatives from these countries knew French.

Since then, English has become more dominant and I don't see that this year's enlargement will modify the trend.

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