What a growing EU will bring

Romania and Bulgaria will probably join a few years later, which adds 31 million people. Furthermore, it will increase the number of languages to 22 and the possible combination of translations to 462. (This figure is reached through the formula n (n-1) where n is the number of languages).

Turkey will potentially join the EU at the same time as Romania and Bulgaria, giving a total population of 550 million.

Countries such as Yugoslavia (Serbia-Montenegro), Croatia, Bosnia, Macedonia and Albania are expected to join within a decade or so. This would mean five new languages in the EU (Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, Macedonian and Albanian), 33 member states and 575 million inhabitants. Should not such an empire have one common language for inter-state dialogue and as a working language within the EU? Of course it should! Obviously! Naturally!