I am proud that an initiative that started in my living room is now shaping the policy of the Free Democratic Party on the federal level.
One topic that expats adressed over and over again: The difficulties to navigate the gruesome German bureaucracy as someone who just arrived in Germany.
It is befitting that a modern country allows fellow European citizens and immigrants to communicate in the world’s business language when dealing with the government.
In Düsseldorf and a dozen other cities FDP politicians introduced bills to allow “English as a service language” in their local bureaucracy. Thanks to FDP Düsseldorf the employees of our city administration are learning English now. This benefits not only 15.000 European citizens and foreigners who move to our city every year – it also creates jobs and tax revenue:
After London and Paris, Düsseldorf ranks third among the locations for the European headquarters of international corporations.
(Proposed Election platform of FDP Germany. Page 33.)