Language Peace: In Belgium and the European Union

September 29, 2018|
Language Peace: In Belgium and the European Union
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Language barriers in Belgium are egregious and unnecessary. The same is true in the European Union (EU), with its 24 official languages. Belgium can address its language problem and, in doing so, show the EU how to harmonize its own linguistic diversity. What will work for Belgium will work for Europe, and, in due course, Belgium and Europe will show the world how to apply the simplest reason.

The fundamental idea that will unite the respective efforts in Belgium and the EU is a language rationalization policy called complementary bilingualism. Complementary bilingualism combines each individual’s language preference with a complementary second language. The result is efficient multilingualism and linguistic congruence between citizens and the institutions of their governance. In addition, complementary bilingualism preserves the existing diversity and increases access to that diversity.

The 2019 Federal Elections in Belgium. The current hiatus in Belgium’s language troubles is due to the inclusion of Mouvement Réformateur in the governing coalition. After the 2019 federal elections, there could easily be a return to the stalemate conditions of 2007–2011. While the changes discussed in this essay, as deemed appropriate and modified by Belgians, cannot be completed before the 2019 federal elections, the opening of a dialogue will make a post-election bilingual coalition easier to establish and begin the reconciliation process.

The 2019 Parliamentary Elections in the EU. Belgium will show the EU how to replace the incoherence of its 24 official languages with efficient multilingualism. Complementary bilingualism can enhance European solidarity, strengthen the European identity, achieve continental congruence and preserve linguistic diversity.

Embracing complementary bilingualism can help the 2019 European Parliament elections become more than the aggregation of disconnected national elections. As a policy proposal, complementary bilingualism can provide an optimistic narrative of the future of the EU. The 2019 EU parliamentary elections need an injection of optimism about the EU’s future and a discussion of the potential benefits of complementary bilingualism can provide that optimism.

Title:Language Peace: In Belgium and the European UnionFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:September 29, 2018Publisher:CB PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1732830606

ISBN - 13:9781732830608

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