“(…) Yet apart from the debates of the European parliament, ignored by most European citizens, there is no public deliberative democracy, no equivalent of national political controversies, no mass, continent-wide conversation – or, in a more portentous jargon, European public sphere. Except about football – and more recently, Madeleine – the pan-European conversations are generally elite conversations. And the biggest single reason for this is quite simply that we speak and think in so many different languages. The heart of Europe’s democracy problem is not Brussels, it’s Babel (…)”.
Timothy Garton Ash, Never mind the treaty squabbles. Europe’s real problem is Babel, The Guardian, 18.10.2007