Safeguarding German

Plans are afoot in Germany to add mention of the German language to the German constitution, according to this report. At their recent party conference, the ruling Christian Democrats voted to add the words, “The language of the Federal Republic of Germany is German” to Article 22 of the constitution. They hope this will help to safeguard the language in the future, and are also reacting against negative attitudes to German in other countries, especially in the English-speaking world.

The article doesn’t mention whether the German mention whether ‘regional’ varieties of German and other languages spoken in Germany will enjoy any constitutional recognition or protection. If this plan does come to fruition, the situation might be similar to that in France where ‘regional’ varieties of French and other languages spoken within France have only just gained limited recognition by the French government.

Do you have any strong negative or positive views on the German language?

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