December 16th, 2011
02:28 PM ET

Angry Europeans stop speaking English

Editor's Note: The following article comes from Worldcrunch, an innovative global news site that translates stories of note in foreign languages into English. This article was originally published in Die Welt.

British Prime Minister David Cameron’s recent veto of changes to the E.U. treaty has generated some seriously bad blood among E.U. politicans, one of whom – former Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt – has gone so far as to boycott the English language.

Rather than address the Strasbourg-based European Parliament in English, as he normally would have done, Verhofstadt chose instead Tuesday to stick with his native Flemish. “Today, I shall be speaking my mother tongue. English is out of style,” said Verhofstadt, who heads the Parliament’s Liberal faction.

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  1. j. von hettlingen

    Nobody blames Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt for his demonstrative displeasure over Cameron's realpolitik as he refrained from speaking English. Normally English is the main tool of communication within the E.U. with 27 member states speaking over 20 different languages.

    December 16, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Reply
  2. Onesmallvoice

    Actually, everybody needs to learn the Spanish language since it's the most universal plus it's one of the simplest to learn. On the other hand, German is the most beautiful whereas English is one of the ugliest and lacks beauty. At the UN, Spanish should replace both English and French as the official language.

    December 16, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Reply
  3. OrangeW3dge

    PM Cameron also made the statement that the UK is a "Christian Nation". I don't think he will be there very long. Acts like George Bush on limes

    December 17, 2011 at 12:08 am | Reply

    It's good that instead of trying to sort out the financial crisis, the EU's politicians are acting like kids in a playground.

    December 17, 2011 at 6:58 am | Reply
  5. 1cent

    It reminds me of the time US republican congressmen tried to rename "french fries" "freedom fries" because they were ticked off at France.

    December 17, 2011 at 10:56 am | Reply
  6. JA

    Let's see, the original article reports that one politician proclaims that, 'if X doesn't happen then Europeans will stop speaking English.' It goes on to report that 'one' European, the one who made the proclomation, did in fact stop speaking English. CNN sensationalizes this to, 'angy Europeans stop speaking English.' CNN"s first lie is to extend the one to many and the second lie is to claim this is already taking place. CNN, perhaps it may not be a good thing to pit people against each other in an effort to sell ad space. There are ways other than lying, mis-reporting and sensationalizing to make money. One good alternative is to do your own homework and provide the facts as is.

    December 18, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Reply
  7. JA

    Sorry, to be more explicit about my previous comment, it appears that CNN's version of this story is designed to anger readers, and particularly Americans, by making them upset with Europeans. Here CNN uses nationalist sentiment to manipulate people's emotions to get their attention. Is there a difference between the ends of journalism and marketing? In this case I don't think so.

    December 18, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Reply
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  9. Nakota

    listen to yuosrelf. "OBEY the law and nobody will get hurt" if we all obey all laws you would be confined to your own house. Oh and if that person in the crowd is of no threat to the officers NO they cannot so much as touch that person, they may grab the ones who threaten, but please show me precisely where you see any threatening behaviour by the protesters. oh wait you can't due to the fact that it has already been established that the protesters were in no way UNRULY. "smiley" are u 9VA:F [1.9.9_1125]please wait...Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)VA:F [1.9.9_1125]Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)

    February 12, 2012 at 1:30 am | Reply
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