How English Could Save a Country
Alain Laurent P. G. Verbeke
University of Leuven, Faculty of Law, Department of Private Law; Harvard Law School; University of Leuven, Faculty of Psychology; Tilburg Law School Department of Private Law and TISCO; Catholic University of Portugal (UCP) - Católica Global School of Law; University of Brussels (VUB/ULB) ; Greenille (Attorneys, Notaries and Tax Advisors; Brussels, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Rotterdam)
May 27, 2008
Le Soir, May 2008
In this short piece, I argue that the enduring Belgian political and institutional conflict should be transcended, as well as the constant linguistic discussions and expectations by Flemish that francophones should learn Dutch, by simply introducing English as second language in Belgium. The first language for Flemish remains Dutch, for Francophones French, and the second language in all of Belgium would be English. This creates a better return on investment for francophones, learning a world language rather than Dutch. It creates a platform for understanding between Flemish and francophones, talking English among each other. And it creates an enormous opportunity for all Belgians, talking English fluently, presenting Belgium as an ideal context for international investors.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 2
Keywords: Negotiation, Conflict, Language, Political conflictAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: April 4, 2011
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