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Brexit Babel: Will The EU Bid Adieu To The English Language?

French was once the international language of diplomacy. In Europe, at least, it may have to resume that role now that English risks losing its status as an official EU language.

Brexit turmoil continues with only 9 days left to spare
Brexit turmoil continues with only 9 days left to spare
*Fréderic Sicard

PARIS — The candidates have been announced. Their teams are ready and rearing to go. It's officially election season in the EU, and the race is on.

Some say they are here to oppose others. Others want to close borders, force member states to meet minimum social-spending requirements, promote a European customs tariff, restructure European governance or even initiate an ecological transition. Candidates talk about closing doors and opening windows. Some call for a full refurbishing, and still others say we ought to rebuild the foundation from the ground up.

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Has Lebanese Politics Finally Freed Itself Of Iran's Influence?

Lebanon's recent elections have shrunk the legislative block led by national power-brokers Hezbollah. But will a precarious new majority be able to rid the government of the long shadow of Tehran?

Supporters of pro-Iranian Hezbollah sit in a street decorated with picture of the party chief Hassan Nasrallah

Ahmad Ra'fat

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The results of parliamentary elections in Lebanon, have put an end to the majority block led by Hezbollah, the paramilitary group concocted by the Islamic Republic of Iran. Hezbollah and its Christian allies, the Free Patriotic Movement, led by President Michel Aoun, lost their 71 seats and will now have 62 (of a total 128 seats).

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