I have blogged before about the importance of language learning, particularly in the UK where enthusiam for language subjects such as French and Spanish is in rapid decline. While English remains the international language, demand for linguists is soaring. There can be no doubt that British businesses will lose out if they do not make an effort to overcome language barriers.
I recently took part in an interview, organised by Quadrant, to debate this issue. You can watch it online here.
The UK must do more to ensure that we communicate better with our European partners. This will be good for political relations, but will also have significant educational and cultural benefits for young people.