How English Could Save a Country
Le Soir, May 2008
2 Pages Posted: 4 Apr 2011
Date Written: May 27, 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.
Keywords: Negotiation, Conflict, Language, Political conflict
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