Federalists of /r/europe . What are the channels and strategies that you would see your goal most likely coming into fruition?

A common language is fundamental in creating a shared pan-european media that would highlight pressing matters that need to be tackled on a continent wide basis.

While I agree with the general point you're making, I cannot see why a common language is needed. Why simpy not either create a European television network available in every language or, if that's too complex and/or expensive, promote pan-European content in the already established national networks. Creating a new channel within the national networks (BBC in the UK, RTVE in Spain, EITB in the Basque Country, etc) that is focused on European matters from a European - and not local - perspective but in the local languages could work just fine. And I'm sure people will feel closer to the idea of EU and Europe if said idea is given to them in their own languages, and not in some foreign tongue.

If it, for whatever reason, has to be in English, well, we already have got Euronews. If no one watches it is because they prefer to watch the news in their own languages, that part is clear.

I believe if a common language were adopted this would allow greater European co-operation because of the shared media, and subsequently shared goals and foreign policy this would foster.

As I've said, I think European cooperation and even Pan-Europeanism, if you will, can be achieved with the languages we already have. The Swiss can be again an example.

I believe it is easy to be in favour of a single official EU language for all states when that language is already your own. When you live in a monolingual society that would have to do no effort at all to adapt.

Perhaps parents opt in their kids for which language classes they want

They can do this already. In my case Basque and Spanish are mandatory in every school, as is English (albeit less hours per week than the other two, but still). If parents want an English-only education, there are private institutions that offer exactly that.

Russia is a good example here, they have hundres of different ethnic groups and a very diverse range of languages. Yet Russian is still the official language spoken uniformly throughout Russia.

But we're not talking about the same territorial level here. Spain also has many co-official languages, and still Spanish is spoken uniformly throughout Spain. But we are talking about adding an extra level above the national one, which would be the European one with its official language, English. What would we do in the Basque Country then? Learn Spanish because it is the state-wide language or learn English because it is the EU-wide language? Both? If so, where does Basque fit here? How can Basque survive if it has to compete with Spanish, French and English now?

I've said this before here, I'm all in favour of promoting the teaching and learning of English in the EU. I'm against it becoming mandatory. If making English mandatory is fully necessary for a European integration and if it means eroding the progress we've made recovering the Basque language, then I have to say (and many Basques sure as well) thanks, but no thanks.

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