EUROPE - English Language Losing Importance

Arno Froese

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has told a conference in Italy on the EU that “English is losing importance in Europe.”

Amid tensions with the UK over looming Brexit negotiations, he said he was delivering his speech in French.

He called the UK decision to leave the EU “a tragedy.”

Laughter and applause greeted his comment about the English language, and he could be seen smiling wryly.

English v French

• English is by far the most widely spoken foreign language in the EU. There are two other “working languages” in EU institutions—French and German.

• The EU has 24 official languages—it employs about 4,300 translators and 800 interpreters.

• Before the UK joined in 1973, French was the main language of EU business.

• Globally as many as 400 million people have mother-tongue English—the figure for French is about 220 million.

In his speech, Mr Juncker stressed that “Europe is more than just money, just a market”—distancing himself from the Eurosceptic view of the EU as little more than a trade bloc., 5 May 2017

Arno's commentary

That English will be of decreasing importance as a language in Europe is but a fact. However, English is the preferred business language mainly due to the practicality; it’s one of the simplest languages of Europe. But what will be the end result of the British exit from the EU? There will be negative consequences for all countries, but the greatest loss will be incurred by the UK. Britain needs the EU more than the EU needs the UK. Both are interdependent.

Globalism has welded the nations of the world together into a more unified block, and it will be all but impossible to separate these multinational corporations, organizations, and philosophies. Here we must mention Switzerland and Norway; although not members of the European Union, they virtually accept all new law European legislators pass in Brussels. Thus, the UK will continue to function at about the same level, except their voice will no longer be heard in Brussels.

What does this mean prophetically? Actually, very little, because the world must continue to unite further and further. The Roman system of free market and globalism cannot be reversed, but will progress until God interferes supernaturally. The result is documented in Revelation 18:3: “For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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