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Ramon, we are moving off topic, but the answer is: Prevalence, prescedence and globalisational evolution: It just happened. Like you answer a child: Why? Because it just is. English is the most widely spoken/understod langauge with 1.348 billion users, above no. 2, Mandarin Chinese. Further globalisation and internet access will only accelerate this organic development. (Sorry, Spanish and Norwegian & Co).
Moreover, from Wikipedia, the academic explanation:
«Academic consensus is that English is a world language, with some authors such as British linguists David Crystal and David Graddol going so far as to consider it the only one. Authors who take a pluralist approach nevertheless consider English to inhabit a unique position as the foremost world language; for instance, in Abram de Swaan’s global language system, English is the sole occupant of the highest position in the hierarchy: the hypercentral language. According to German sociolinguist Ulrich Ammon [de], “[t]here is virtually no descriptive parameter or indicator for the international or global rank of a language which, if applied to today’s languages worldwide, does not place English at the top”. Ammon and Mufwene both posit that what sets English apart as the foremost world language is its use as a lingua franca, whereas Crystal focuses on its geographical distribution.»
I think we should keep the board clear of more off topic discussion.