chapter  8
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Translating EU Legislation from a Lingua Franca: Advantages and Disadvantages

Over the past decades English has become the most prominent language for global communication. Its prestige spans from international business to scientific development, social networks and entertainment. It is also the most learnt foreign language in the world, the official language of several countries and the working language or one of the main working languages of all international organizations. The EU is no exception. Despite its strong multilingual policy, English has gained the unofficial role of a lingua franca in the EU.