Global Politics

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Global Politics

European Union prepares to adopt 24th official language as costs mount, calls for English rise

In the European Union, every language is an official language. Government officials speak in the official language of their country, and those comments are then translated into 22, soon to be 23, other languages. All of that costs $1.4 billion per year — and that total will increase when Croatian becomes an official language later this year.

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The crisis in Ukraine is testing the limits of the US relationship with Europe

President Obama in Europe this week has been rallying the nations of Europe to oppose Moscow's annexation of Crimea, and to try to deter further aggression. But despite all the talk of unity, there are serious limits to what the US and Europe are willing to do together. Host Marco Werman speaks with Judy Dempsey, senior associate at Carnegie-Europe.