THE EU AT WORK: German Politicians Have Been Forced To Send Back Over A Hundred Badly Translated EU Documents

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From the Local comes this wonderful tale of EU efficiency.Today’s Saarbrücker Zeitung newspaper reveals that so far this legislative term, over one hundred EU documents have had to be sent back by the Bundestag to due their poor translation. Some of these documents have been greatly important, and key aspects of German policy have been slowed down by the error.

Translation is a major issue for the EU, which officially has 23 languages. The EU says that 2.11 million pages required translation in 2011, at a cost of around €300 million ($375 million).

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