When confronted with my Bachelor programme “European Studies” at the University Maastricht there seems to be a reflex in many people that asks, does Europe have a future? And while my answer is continuously yes, there is a prevalent public perception of the European Union as having lost or never had legitimacy, potency and efficiency.
Europe at the edge of an abyss – the UK wants to leave the EU; populism is on the rise across the entire continent, rising unemployment and continued political instability in the Eastern European regions – the list is seemingly endless.
The spread of the English language in the EU has many advantages as well as disadvantages. Nevertheless, being able to communicate and thereby understand each other also culturally is a great priviledge. This article further explains how language works as a powerful identity maker.