The government’s economic think tank, NERV, has reportedly recommended that the only foreign language made obligatory in schools is English. Emphasis on pushing other languages is a waste of energy, it adds. The think tank argues that students with a firm grasp of English will get ahead. It adds that time allocated for another language could be better used for more practical studies such as information technology. The advice has been interpreted as a blow to German, often chosen as a second choice language after English.