How English Could Save a Country

Le Soir, May 2008

2 Pages Posted: 4 Apr 2011

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Alain Laurent Verbeke

KU Leuven - Faculty of Law; Harvard Law School; KU Leuven - Faculty of Psychology; Tilburg Law School; Catholic University of Portugal (UCP) - Católica Global School of Law; Greenille Private Client Team @ Deloitte Legal - Lawyers

Date Written: May 27, 2008

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Negotiation, Conflict, Language, Political conflict

Suggested Citation

Verbeke, Alain Laurent P. G., How English Could Save a Country (May 27, 2008). Le Soir, May 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1801982

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