Yes, I know that EU official languages are supposed to be official in at least one member state. I know that the existing 23 original languages create a cacophony in Brussels which is befitting of biblical Babylon. I know that adding another language will require the employment of legions of 'eurobabblers' to translate the existing acquis communitaire into Russian, not to mention the ongoing translation work.
But think of this:
- Russian is a major European language and has around 280m native or near native speakers.
- Even though it is not the state language in any EU country, it is spoken by significant minorities in the Baltics, Bulgaria and in aspirant countries such as Serbia, Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia. Making Russian an official language of the Union will make those minorities feel more at home, without unduly threatening the position of the national language.
- Having the aquis in Russian will facilitate its adoption (in part or in whole) by former Soviet States, improving the quality of their law, their ability to trade with the EU and their chances of later accession.
- Having ongoing EU discussions translated into Russian will improve the quality of EU - Russia dialogue and the understanding between the two parties.
- Making Russian official within the EU will make Russians feel good about themselves (without having to do something stupid like invading a small neighbouring country for no good reason.)
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