Learning English is the famous ‘tema pendiente’ (outstanding matter) in Spanish life. It affects all manner of things but EurActiv reports one unexpected aspect. It concerns Pablo Zalba Bidegain, a Spanish MEP who has ben caught up in a sting operation run by the British Sunday Times. He denies that he has acted corruptly. But why was he particularly chosen by the hacks?
According to Spanish daily El Mundo, Zalba is the only Spanish MEP to have been caught out by the Sunday Times. The reason for this, according to sources cited, was not the integrity of Spanish MEPs, but the fact that it was difficult to come across many whose proficiency in the English language was sufficient to engage in a lobbying exercise.