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36 posts, 17:06 hrs
I used Flixbus a bunch of times and never had any problems, although I've heard stories and some friends had problems with the bus being late. Recently I went to Prague with ICBus (I guess it's the…
11 posts, 16:54 hrs
Hello, I have been working in Germany for 12 months and am about to be sent to work in the Indonesian office in a few months. The thing is that I've just discovered I'm pregnant. Now, I don't…
440 posts, 16:27 hrs
No, Germany has been traditionally jus sanguinis. If one of the parents has German citizenship at birth the child will also have German citizenship and is even allowed to have multiple ones. Number…
1 posts, 16:23 hrs
My family spends time in Berlin every year or two and we always end up buying new SIM cards. We've been using blau.de. Is there a way to buy credit for them from the US (without a German bank…
9 posts, 16:04 hrs
With reuse I am not sure if it is allowed. Maybe someone who is an artist can confirm or deny this. Ah, that fake single standard everyone refers to! Where can I read about it? Is there any…
1 posts, 16:00 hrs
Yesterday I laboriously configured my iPhone SE, iOS 9.3.5, email app for 4 accounts. Finally I got them all to work. For one day. Today, none work. I changed nothing in the 13 hours since they all…
112 posts, 15:18 hrs
The electronic radiator meters will only rise due to the radiator getting warm due to it running. The Temp of the room (due to showering, drying hair etc) will not alter the meter.
1 posts, 14:46 hrs
Hi, I am trying to organise a weekly game of football for myself and a game of friends. I have contacted the local Wohnungsgesellschaft and the relevant city authority. They have told me that I…
7 posts, 14:23 hrs
Have you already been to a gynecologist here? I'd guess that you are covered for the various gyny preventative checks where the consultation won't cost anything though you can elect to have…
285 posts, 13:27 hrs
Hi ladies, I'd like to join on Weds the 29th but is it ok if I show up a little later - around 7:15? I have an appointment in the neighborhood then would come straight away. I can at least grab a…
1 posts, 13:14 hrs
Does anyone have a BVG atlas from last year, 2016, that they could give or sell to me, or trade for a new 2017 one? Yes its sounds strange but I would like to have one from last year and I can't find…
19 posts, 12:41 hrs
The fuse and sturdy construction prove the British plug is very clearly the safest in the world. But it's better than that, because the sockets also feature shutters that prevent children from…
16 posts, 12:39 hrs
I read a couple of days ago that Tebbet was the guy that oversaw the selling off of the GPO and then went on the board of its replacement BT. Another Thatcher legacy - selling everything off to her…
142 posts, 12:35 hrs
Saw on telly the other night, a journalist from the press corps that accompanied Merkel's visit. The gist was, the refusal was nothing to do with Merkel, but because the press have been making…
3 posts, 12:19 hrs
Looking for a private German tutor to learn some basic daily life German. I would like to find someone who might be able to come to my office, or meet at a mutually convenient spot 1-2 weekday…
5 posts, 11:54 hrs
At 18 months I was already contributing letters to the editor of our city's newspaper complaining about how my parents were pushing me to go to university the following autumn, but all I wanted was…
3 posts, 11:50 hrs
I hope I am not late in replying. You must not assume anything. Go to Rathaus (or wherever you got that form) and explain your situation. If you have a proper contract as "Untermieter", then writing…
177 posts, 10:52 hrs
I got, sorry. I already corrected it to sr and sr-dingsbums. There was no such threat. Re-read. Why should I delete them? And it's a good thing that both of us have taken screenshots –…
8 posts, 10:50 hrs
I too am looking at various areas to figure out where to live. I managed to find an updated version of your report and am posting the link in case anyone else finds it useful. It seems they have…
4 posts, 10:23 hrs
It really helps to try to get as clued up as possible before buying anything on a contract. At least I had a crash course on German technical vocabulary. My husband got me to phone vodafone again. I…
216 posts, 10:04 hrs
because you took it that way, I guess. Katheliz is in the middle of a painful family moment of her own, and is after reassurance that her son might, in the fullness of time, feel whole in his…
613 posts, 09:06 hrs
Please note the changes in time and location!   What: Playtime and lunch When: Thursday, March 23rd at 10:00am Where: Spielplatz Reichenbachbrücke (coordinates: 48.126211, 11.577283) 1.
4 posts, 08:30 hrs
Call them and explain. You will need to show your Anmeldung form, so will , at least have to pay an extra month after you leave. You may be lucky-depends who you get on the phone!
3 posts, 07:49 hrs
Whenever you pay cash for a service, make sure you get a receipt and keep it (or at least scan it, there are some very nice apps that make the whole process of scanning - pdf conversion - storage an…
4 posts, 23:01 yesterday
Anyone interested in watching the finale of the Six Nations Rugby - England vs Ireland @ 18:00h tomorrow (Saturday 18th March) in an Irish pub? Was thinking of Barley & Malt in Deichstraße or…
13 posts, 22:53 yesterday
In the field of rape, statistical increase in crimes like "rape" etc is not always a bad thing. The German law before Cologne made it pretty difficult for victims to come forth and prove their case.,…
6 posts, 21:00 yesterday
Try firmware update and reset of the settings. Then search for channels again, including manual search. But "real" DVB-T2 start is on March 29th at noon. Might as well wait and try again then. But as…
6 posts, 20:44 yesterday
Yes. It really is that simple! (Astonishing for Germany, I know.) However, as your landlord is NOT the owner, you also have to add the owner's name at the top right where is says:…
5 posts, 20:35 yesterday
You allowed a double payment to go 6 months? I guess they appreciated the extra cash if they were in trouble and hence told you Buchhaltung would sort it out. In general better to reverse the…
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Man sues Bayern Munich for €120,000 after English fan runs over him

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Six boats go up in flames on inlet off Berlin’s Spree River

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State vote in Saarland a first signal for Merkel election showdown

State vote in Saarland a first signal for Merkel election showdown

A German regional vote on Sunday will be the first litmus test in an election year where Chancellor Angela Merkel faces her toughest challenge yet from the resurgent Social Democrats.