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EU languages: translation services in Brussels politics

14 December 2012 Last updated at 14:10 GMT

The range of languages across the EU means there are 506 possible combinations to translate from one lingua franca to another across the representatives from 27 states.

Adam Fleming spoke to interpreter Hanna Liisa Tamm in Brussels to find out how the delegates manage to speak to each other at the European Parliament.

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