When I lived in Germany (30 years ago), I observed the same. I met many people who did not have college degrees but who were very knowledgeable about many topics. Many of these people were more aware of American politics than the average American. They knew how …
Those people are still around and the new generation is even more amazing, James Knight.
In the Netherlands, almost everyone speaks impeccable English, even homeless folks selling newspapers and grocery store clerks.
Even France has changed beyond recognition in terms of how many more people now speak English.
Being multilingual is normal for many of us across the EU and because of America’s prominent role on the global stage, your average European knows quite a lot about it.
And we do have good media with solid ethics so people are well informed and often keen to find out more.