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The political face of Europe

Over the next twenty years, Europe will remove its borders and will adopt a common language. Consequently, we will all speak English. By then, Europeans will elect politicians every four years via the internet...

With these changes over the coming 20 years, we think that Europe is going to be one of the strongest continents. When Europe win its battle against the financial crisis, the European members will then focus on their fight against corruption and money laundering.

In twenty years, there will be online elections, which will mean bigger participation, and a different way to approach an election campaign. It will also save a lot of money. Politicians would have to leave their elected positions every eight years and the elections would be every four years. The reason for this is to remove the possibility of corruption of elected officials. Thanks to the accessibility of online media, people could also decide on referendums about laws and other stuff on the internet; this would help politicians legislate in a way that nations want.
Europe has always been a land of expansion; this is why its borders are a matter of key interest. In the next twenty years, in order to be more united, Europe should remove its borders. This will improve trade between European members, because tax will decrease, procedures will be simpler and red tape will be removed. Travelling across Europe will also be easier. Cooperation between countries will be enhanced and actions against terrorism will be coordinated. However, this progress will not be without its challenges and problems. For example, European countries have their own cultures and historical differences and it will be difficult to secure an agreement for all populations on social, economic and environmental matters. Another risk is that with the disappearance of national languages, some people may feel that they lose the connection to their native country.
If all Europeans speak the same language, this will be English because it is already the business language. Consequently, all Europeans will speak it fluently and as they meet people from other cultures, they will be more «open minded ». In order to ensure that native cultures do not disappear, each child should learn English as well as the language of his or her native country. However, all administrative documents would be in English because it will be a European administration which deals with all information. The implementation of this radical change is based on the premise that it will be possible to keep the individual European countries’ native languages whilst introducing a common European language, namely English.

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Authors: Jan Sedlarik (Czech Republic), Jernej Kovačič (Slovenia), Marek Bukovjan (Czech Republic), Matevž toplak (Slovenia), Moric Jurecka (Czech Republic), Nastja Mlasko (Slovenia), Patricija Mildner (Slovenia), Richard David (Czech Republic), Sara GAUDIN (France), Suzana Horvat (Slovenia), Vanesa Pintar (Slovenia)


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Ondřej, Czech republic

In my opinion, the Europe don´t wait the good future. If we´ll speak one language, it will Arabic. The immigration is a very big problem in rich states on the west of Europe (GB, France, Belgium, Netherland, Germany and in Scandinavia, too). But politicians don´t talk about it. African and Muslims have many more children in their families than original Europeans.

The second big problem in the Europe is the industry. It wakens and more and more things are made in China and other poor states. Now the industry of a lot of states in the Europe stands on the production of cars. This isn´t a good to the progress. We must develop new technologies and also produce it.

03.05.2013, 12:39 o'clock

Experts opinion from Leonie Martin, The Netherlands
Vision: vision_

What strikes me most in your vision is that it concentrates on the political culture (the role of the internet and the role of a lingua franca) and deals with the division of competences, who gets to decide on what, on a side note.

While I agree that the internet will be more influential in the upcoming years, I think your ideas on the languages are a brave step. I\'m not sure yet whether English should be the official language for all documents in a country but your point on bilingual education is a very valid one. Languages are a key instrument to enable exchange between the European people. You carefully point out that the mother tongue should be spoken as well, which I fully support.

I would love to hear your opinion on the democratic deficit in the European Union and how this challenge will be transformed in the future.

03.05.2013, 11:05 o'clock

Experts opinion from Anselm Sellen, Germany
Vision: vision_

What about language as part of identity. Will languages not die out very slowly, if the only language you need to get along is English? The coming generations will probably learn that it is no longer necessary to stick to their \"mother tongue\"...???

03.05.2013, 10:34 o'clock

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