The Dutch need to improve their standard of German if they want to keep the good relationship between the Netherlands and Germany at the same level, foreign affairs minister Frans Timmermans said in an interview with German paper Die Welt.
‘People think English is enough and that is a tragic misunderstanding,’ Timmermans told the paper.
Now fewer Dutch people speak good German, the Netherlands risks losing its advantage over other countries, Timmermans said. In particular, small German firms are not happy about being spoken to in English.
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