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By the age of five, children have acquired 85 per cent of the language they will have as adults. [John Bastiani, Frederick Constable lecture at the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce]

Nato Europe spent about $30 billion less in 1995 than in 1985. Over the same period, Luxembourg has increased defence spending by 44 per cent, Turkey by 67 per cent, and Portugal by 34 per cent. [The World Today, June 1996]

Switzerland is the second largest external trade partner of the European Union and its second largest inward investor (in both cases behind the…

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