German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble admits his English is not the best, but he notes, he's not alone.
"Badly spoken English is however the most spoken language in the world," Schauble said in an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.
Schauble recognizes English is the language of choice for multinational corporations and most young people speak it. He said he once suggested that the European Union forgo interpreters and require business to be conducted in English, The Local.de reported.
He said, however, Nicolas Sarkozy, who was French interior minister at the time, objected, saying he feared it would give the English an advantage.
"I told him that it was actually a much larger disadvantage for them because we would destroy their language," Schauble said.