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United in (some) Diversity

Antoni Torras i Estruch's picture

2012, probably not the end of the world outside Europe. After these doomed years of Icelandic ash, Greek tragedies, Spanish influenza and what-have-you; amid desperate efforts to save the Euro from this kulturkampf-reloaded now involving the whole subcontinent... A sensible observer would see the language regime of the European Union (EU) neither as a matter of top concern nor as the source of its biggest problems. Yet a certain degree of nuance would do our observer no harm. United in Diversity, the unborn Constitution’s unwanted motto for 'Europe'. Just how diverse, though?

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Linguistic diversity in Europe: the Catalan case

Mònica Sabata's picture

Europe is very diverse. This diversity in Europe is obvious, and it becomes even more obvious when we look at it from a linguistic perspective. There are some sixty different languages spoken in Europe, not counting all the languages that have arrived with recent migrations, yet this diversity has never received the degree of recognition and protection that it deserves. Thus, the growing awareness of the importance, the recognition, and the relevance of this linguistic diversity – and the philosophy on diversity in general – is a relatively new phenomenon.

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Europe beyond the Member States

Raül Romeva's picture

Spaces to decide and to incite

Seen with Catalan glasses, the European construction is necessary but, as presently conceived, clearly insufficient. The European Union’s motto is “United in diversity”, a beautiful motto that, in general, universal terms, I share. However, when it is applied to the present European Union, I see it as incomplete, at a minimum. Taking the current Euro-reality into account, the motto “United in the diversity of the States” would be much more convenient. And this is, in my opinion, THE problem: the current States are, unfortunately, the main reason for European paralysis.

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