New York Times questions Swiss Councillor's English
Swiss Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin is being talked about in the New York Times – but maybe not for the right reasons.
The paper is wondering if his English skills are sufficient for the world stage.
Parmelin will take on the role as Minister for Economic Affairs from next year – a position which means many international meetings.
The paper carried an article about his English skills, entitled ‘I Can English Understand’.
It was triggered after a press conference when a Swiss journalist asked if Parmelin’s English was good enough for international negotiations.
The Blick newspaper says a holiday crash course in English would be a good idea.