German politician: English should lose dominance in EU post-Brexit

Following Britain's vote to leave the European Union, English should lose its dominance as the working language of the bloc, a German politician said.

"When Britain leaves the EU, there is no longer any reason for the German or French language to be discriminated against," Johannes Singhammer, who is deputy president of the Bundestag, the German lower house of parliament, told Saturday's Der Spiegel magazine.

Instead of cutting the German language service, which has some 100 translators, by 10 per cent as planned, the European Commission should cut the English department, which has 130 employees.

Singhammer complained of delays in important texts being translated in German. One example he cited was of proposals by the European Commission for the liberalization of visas for Turkish citizens taking four to five weeks to reach the Bundestag in German.

Another example was of new proposals for changes to the Dublin regulation on asylum, which were ready in May, but which won't reach the Bundestag until the end of July.

"The deliberations in the Bundestag have been made considerably more difficult by the unusually long translation time," Singhammer said.

Last update: Sat, 09/07/2016 - 12:02

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