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23 posts, 17:23 hrs
21% of Bochum's population have at least one foreign nationality. And of course migrants have more children than average, and migrants tend to live where other migrants do. So that's a factor that is…
2,998 posts, 17:23 hrs
it's also so much less work. Chop then toss with oil in a baking pan. So easy, and delicious Well, aside from the nutrients that get lost in the boiling water, it just doesn't taste as good (to…
13 posts, 17:00 hrs
Quis probatiet ipsos probates? I like the ring of that but prefer the timbre of the verb periclitor. However probater actually sounds like test. My problem is I can't get the correct verb…
7 posts, 17:00 hrs
That Stuttgart course is on saturday. That is probably your best bet. I'd probably make the hike if I were you. (This time of year also tends not to see new offers appearing so it may be the most…
123 posts, 16:43 hrs
I think the OP may have come up against what for him is an uncomfortable reality. He can't continue being lazy and entitled and get away with it, because women are usually neither of those things,…
10 posts, 16:17 hrs
One thing I would also have in mind is that the state increasingly intervenes to enforce environmental improvements (see also diesel cars etc). I would not see it as impossible that very energy…
41 posts, 16:16 hrs
Oh yeah - first (and last) time with GLS ... I've had something like 20 packages delivered to this address in the last 6 months and they can't find the place? So much for online sourced Christmas…
10 posts, 16:05 hrs
Hello everyone! We are looking for a babysitter to start in January 2019 and help us take care of our two kids, aged 5 & 6 years old. Both are fluent in English and German, so we would be…
5 posts, 15:51 hrs
1. ex-essex (Paul) 2. LisaJK 3. John P 4. As Soon As Possible Please copy/paste the last list into the reply and add your name As Soon As Possible, at the latest 5 pm Wednesday. If you hit…
11 posts, 15:51 hrs
VPNs are not illegal. Find anyone not blocked by Netflix and try. It does not matter if the VPN is located in India or Ukraine, the whole point is to pretend you are somewhere else.
4 posts, 15:29 hrs
I've had problems with them all:- UPS returned a high value package to me 4 months after I had sent it to a customer in Greece claiming the address was unknown, the customer had paid in advance and…
48 posts, 15:04 hrs
Congratulations. I am glad justice was served in the end even though it would have been so much better if it had happened years ago. Happy holidays, good luck with your new place and enjoy life with…
6 posts, 14:58 hrs
ok, understood. Thanks. This is the response I got from Finanzamt.. which makes me think that not my physical presence in Germany, but whether the business is generating revenue is the key…
63 posts, 13:46 hrs
Apart from what other people said already, another important factor is that in big companies normal workers have normally more rights therefore more stability than managers. A normal employee in a…
11 posts, 13:43 hrs
Germany has drafted laws for us covering both a transition period with the EU and no deal. As one affected, not aware there will be any more "new laws" for us. Germany is done. Got it covered. They…
39 posts, 12:52 hrs
Ugly Xmas sweaters are a thing in the U.S. or at least used to be. There are UCS parties, contests, etc. The tackier the better. My nieces and nephews used to come borrow some of my mom's sweaters…
1,627 posts, 12:09 hrs
Like going back to my 35mm photography days spent in the darkroom with the smell of processing chemicals, the red ambiance, the enlargers and such tools, oh how I miss those times when I could not…
779 posts, 11:58 hrs
Great! See you all tonight at the Weissenburgerplatz. It's a small market, so it should be possible to pick each other out - I'll be wearing a green and white coat. It seems that people will be…
2,903 posts, 11:12 hrs
That‘s the worst advice I have ever heard. Both salt and sugar are water-soluble. It is commonly recommended that you eat a large hunk of lard, which isn‘t water soluble, leaving the water to…
87 posts, 11:12 hrs
You mean I he blocked you from accessing your daughter outside what was agreed in the custody arrangement ? Because if you had custody (and could prove it) the school would have handed her over to…
45 posts, 10:07 hrs
AFAIK and IANAL, under German contracts law a meeting of the minds on a lease agreement is only achieved upon written agreement by both parties. Leases in Germany are not considered valid until…
2,183 posts, 10:00 hrs
It's a "Jahressonderzahlung" in official jargon, so yes. Everyone gets it (as long as your employer partakes), Catholics, Lutherans, Jews, atheists, Jedis, Pastafarians, etc - and Muslims.
40 posts, 09:53 hrs
Woohoo!! The diesel vehicle ban in Frankfurt will NOT be enforced!! Its looking like someone has woken up and smelt the coffee!! So.. Where should they start with this "Cleaner air"…
23 posts, 09:43 hrs
Even when I had got pretty good at German I still found it slightly harder to read a German book than an English one - even when I could understand 95% pretty easily, the books just weren't as…
127 posts, 22:27 yesterday
Thank you so much for an answer. Just to be sure - I can work a maximum of 20 hours a week or a month? And maybe you know, do I have to inform familienkasse about my employment or provide some kind…
35 posts, 20:26 yesterday
and I should have also given some thought for the Grammar Troll. I'm just glad I didn't say; 'and I should've given some thought for the touchy Pussies on TT'. God only knows what your…
151 posts, 19:33 yesterday
It is unusual in Germany for contracts to terminate on the end date. You should double check the written contract to make sure. What people tell you is not legally binding if you signed something…
4 posts, 18:01 yesterday
We used anyvan.com/ for... a move from Ireland to Munich and the price was excellent. You tell them how much you have to move and various companies will submit bids. You can then chose who gets the…
5 posts, 16:06 yesterday
I'm not in your area, but as a Vodafone DSL subscriber I can say that their service sucks! No other provider I have ever used has so many problems as I've had with Vodafone. During peak hours…
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Update: 'Historic day' as Germany takes step forward in relaxing rules for foreign workers

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