首先，德国已广泛接受使用英语作为一个不断扩大的来源，以维持和改善与美国和英国等国家的联盟，并增加其科学、技术和大众媒体的产出;从而迅速提高和保持国家在全球化世界中的重要性(Knapp, 2011)。相反,欧盟努力解决在欧洲使用英语的重要性和承认在某种程度上,但“有时甚至被认为是禁忌的话题”(Seidlhofer, 2006,第134页)这是有点蔑视欧盟也许应该承认不可避免的传播和增加使用英语在欧洲。尽管他们的欧洲2020议程(部分是为了鼓励欧盟公民学习两种语言，以达到CEFR的等效B2水平)还没有结束，这意味着结果可能会显示出更多使用英语和另一种语言的迹象。这可能会对欧盟所期望的跨境沟通之间更好的凝聚力产生影响。其次，英语媒介教学(EMI)是德国政府在20世纪90年代引入的一种具体的理论基础(Knapp, 2011, p. 52)。EMI在德国高等教育领域的引入意味着他们可以与涌入美国和英国攻读EMI本科和研究生教学学位的国际学生竞争(Coleman, 2006:4ff in Knapp, 2011, p. 52)。德国的大学，比如百代的先驱Seigan大学，已经看到了德国的回报，现在占据了国际学生市场的10%，仅次于美国和英国。
First and foremost, Germany has widely accepted the use of English as an ever-expanding source to maintain and improve its alliances with countries such as the US and UK as well as increase its scientific, technological and mass media output; thus rapidly improving and maintaining the country’s importance in a globalised world (Knapp, 2011).Conversely, the EU struggles to address the importance in using English within Europe and is acknowledged to a certain degree but is ‘sometimes even considered a taboo topic’ (Seidlhofer, 2006, p. 134)This is somewhat disparaging as the EU should perhaps be acknowledging the inevitable spread and increased use of English in Europe. Although, their Europe 2020 agenda, which in part was initiated to encourage EU citizens to learn two languages in line with the CEFR equivalent B2 level, is yet to be concluded meaning the results of could display signs of increased use of English plus another language. This could have an impact on better cohesion between cross-border communication as desired by the EU.Secondly, English Medium Instruction (EMI) is a specific rationale that the German government introduced in the 1990’s (Knapp, 2011, p. 52). The introduction of EMI within Germany’s higher education sector meant they could compete for the ever-increasing numbers of international students flocking to the US and UK for EMI undergraduate and postgraduate taught degrees (Coleman, 2006:4ff in Knapp, 2011, p. 52). The German universities, such as the University of Seigan which was a pioneer of EMI, have since seen the rewards by Germany now taking 10% of the international student market, third only to the US and UK.