Germans say ‘Auf Wiedersehen’ as government wants English as official public sector language

IGermans say 'Auf Wiedersehen' as government wants English as official public sector language. mage: Robert Kneschke/Shutterstock.com

In a bid to tempt foreign talent to the country Members of the German government want to make English an official language in the public sector.

The pro-business Free Democrats say bureaucrats should be forced to become Anglophone according to the Daily Mail on Thursday, July 7.

The Free Democratic Party is a liberal political party in Germany.

The FDP was founded in 1948 by members of former liberal political parties which existed in Germany before World War II, namely the German Democratic Party and the German People’s Party.

The bid comes in the hope that it will make red tape easier to deal with for ex-patriates and thereby attract the best talent from all over the globe.

Bettina Stark-Watzinger, German Education Minister, said a lack of German language skills was a very big hurdle in encouraging skilled workers to move there.

The signal must be that we are an immigration country,’ she said.

A paper was drawn up by the Free Democrats party stating: “Language is the key to successful integration. The promotion of German for skilled workers and their families must therefore be further expanded.”

“At the same time, English should be established alongside German as an additional administrative language in authorities in order to make administrative procedures easier.”


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    • elegsabiff

      07 July 2022 • 18:50

      I teach English online to adult pupils in the middle and far east, many of whom have no expectation of ever working in or with an English-speaking country, but because it is the go-to second language for all their countries and therefore an essential business language. Few Chinese can speak both Mandarin and Cantonese but nearly all can speak some English as it is taught as second language from grade school. Not really British empire stuff, though – many pupils are surprised to realize the language “English” is from England.

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