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My statement has received unanimous support. From Athens, Harry Papasotiriou writes:

"The "hard fact" is that command of standard English is a prerequisite for high-skilled jobs in Greece, and presumably most other advanced and advancing societies. This is recognized even in France: I was recently invited by the French Embassy in Athens to participate in a briefing on French initiatives in the EU - France holds the current rotating six-month EU presidency - and the visiting French official from Paris briefed us in flawless English. It is ironic indeed, that, while the rest of the world increasingly resorts to English for international communication, some within the United States uphold other languages for communication within the world's largest English-speaking nation!"

Ronald Hilton - 10/29/00