German MPs say some waiters only speak English and that it ostracises native population from life in the capital

A leading member of Angela Merkel’s party has lent his voice to a growing chorus of Berliners frustrated with the inability of restaurant staff to speak German.

Jens Spahn, a deputy finance minister and leading voice on the right wing of the German chancellor’s party, told Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung newspaper that “it increasingly drives me up the wall that waiters in some Berlin restaurants only speak English,” adding: “You would never find this craziness in Paris.”

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