Whenever Britain follows through with their exit from the European Union (EU), now commonly known as Brexit, German and French leaders are pushing harder than ever to take back control of their homeland languages to restore its prominent use within the governing bodies of the European government. Several Berlin parliament members are now throwing their weight to the argument, hoping to see German take prominence over English when it comes to official documents and speeches.
EU boss Jean-Claude Juncker most famously kicked off the initiative early this year when he publicly declared the English language as losing importance, and has since made great efforts towards delivering most of his speeches and remarks in his native French.
In a recent letter to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a few notable parliament members from Berlin asked the leader to back the fight to increase the usage of the German language, especially within EU offices in their own country. “In addition to the equal use of the German language as a working language in the bodies of the European Union and increased use in all international institutions, the German language especially needs to be thoroughly used in our own country,” the letter to Merkel stated.
While it remains among the three official working languages in the EU, German has become the underdog language, often finding EU documents translated long after the English and French versions are released. English won’t go away completely after the leading English-language country in the EU bids farewell, but making German a priority over it is becoming a no-brainer in the eyes of these German leaders.
In a response to the letter sent to Merkel, chief of staff Peter Altmaier wrote that a move to put more emphasis on German has been a work in progress, internally, for several years now and that the government will continue to put increased pressure on EU institutions to deliver German translations in a more timely manner.