Watching a European Parliament session as lawmakers debate on the floor may seem like a babble of languages to observers, unless they are wearing ear-sets that can tune into a variety of interpretations. But it costs. A lot. A calculation in a report from MEP Alexander Stubb of Finland, adopted by the Parliament earlier this month to find ways to reduce the cost of interpreting sessions, news conferences and committee and political intergroup meetings showed that in 2003, the last date for which...

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