I had a hard time masking initial shock upon seeing this. For those of you who don't speak German, the BBC British reporter asked newly appointed German Foreign Affairs Minister Westerwelle whether he could answer his English asked-question in English. Westerwelle answered and I translate:
"As it is the case that one speaks English in Great Britain, it is also the case that one speaks German in Germany."
Westerwelle further adds jokingly that he would love to meet after the press conference for some tea where they could speak in English. But, he interjects, in the end: 'Es ist Deutschland hier.' This is, after all, Germany.
Seriously BBC guy, you must have been joking! One cannot be shocked that one chooses to speak German in one's own country.
Was ist denn das?!
View the exchange here: