The German government wants English as the official language of the public sector


Germans say “Auf Wiedersehen” because the government wants English as the official language of the public sector. Image: Robert Kneschke/

In order to attract foreign talent to the country, members of the German government want to make English an official language in the public sector.

Business-friendly Free Democrats say bureaucrats should be forced to become English speakers according to the Daily mail Thursday, July 7.

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

The FDP was founded in 1948 by members of former liberal political parties that 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 it easier for expatriates to deal with paperwork and thereby attract top talent from around the world.

Bettina Stark-Watzinger, Germany’s education minister, said the lack of German language skills was a very big obstacle in encouraging skilled workers to move there.

“The signal must be that we are a country of immigration,” she said.

A document was drafted by the Free Democrats party stating: “Language is the key to successful integration. The promotion of German for skilled workers and their families should therefore be further extended.

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

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