The Czech Republic risks isolating itself from the EU as the new government ministers do not speak English
The new government of the Czech Republic, headed by Petr Fiala, risks being isolated from the European Union as many of the ministers do not speak English, the working language of the EU, reports the Guardian. The new administration, which took office a week before Christmas, has come up with the idea of ??an image "tainted and ashamed of poor English-speaking skills."
Concerns have been raised by the Hospodarske Noviny newspaper, which raised concerns about the phenomenon and how " Fiala's government will cope when the country takes over the rotating EU presidency in July, a responsibility that challenges ministers' ability to communicate." with foreign politicians. "
Five of the 18 cabinet ministers admitted to speaking little English and said they would rely on translators during European rallies.
Some ministers said their working English was credible - including, ironically, Jan Lipavsky, the new foreign minister whose appointment Czech President Milos Zeman tried unsuccessfully to block on the grounds that he was academically unqualified. The others did not respond.
Among those who acknowledged poor English skills were Jana Cernochova, the defense minister expected to attend the NATO summit, and Finance Minister Zbynek Stanjura.