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110 posts, 05:09 hrs
I have been in Germany for eight months and so far I really enjoy the more laid back lifestyle here. I've come across the occasional rude waiter or clerk, but in general I've found most people to be…
721 posts, 04:33 hrs
Seems our tombstones are in jeopardy. There will come the day when our headstones become relics and insignificant, dug up and transported to space to make room on our earth for the billions, perhaps…
50 posts, 00:50 hrs
We don't want to go. We don't like them. We don't want to spend 8 hours on a train going back to forth to a religious ceremony we don't believe in. My boyfriend is a phd student. I gave all my…
1 posts, 00:07 hrs
Ok, primary school kids have Hort but secondary school kids finish up around lunchtime while their hardworking parents have to work until 5 or 6pm. Homework seems to be out of fashion nowadays, so…
10 posts, 23:42 yesterday
I remember off the top of my head seeing 'help wanted' signs on the windows of cafés and restaurants in Leipzig. If the OP's German is around level B1 I don't see why he couldn't work wating table.s…
50 posts, 23:36 yesterday
It would most likely be an engineering club or group. For example, if I'm able to do a project on my own, it may show leadership skills and proficiency in math and technology. Would this be…
164 posts, 22:39 yesterday
I was wondering at the wind making the men's shorts shudder until the commentator mentioned the rainstorm affecting the Munich v Leverkusen game: suddenly the rain started coming down in sheets.
131 posts, 21:54 yesterday
If you really like queuing you should go to the Führerscheinstelle (driving license, license plate, etc.) in the Eichstätterstr. They are open for like 20 hours per week and like to close the place…
16 posts, 21:45 yesterday
I did, but they said there are no earlier appointments available. They advised me to call every couple of days to see if there were any cancelled appointments I could take. So unfortunately I have to…
19 posts, 21:18 yesterday
Since this part wasn't answered back in March: The Rentenpunktwert, the worth of each point you're making in their tables, is only tied to inflation or economic development in a complicated…
738 posts, 21:16 yesterday
Only learnt today that Kity Lux - co-founder of the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain - passed away 16th July. Guardian Obituary Saw her a couple of times with UOGB (Norderstedt &…
70 posts, 21:08 yesterday
@maxie We are definitely being careful and thoroughly checking with the bank. There shouldn't be any problem with renting out our house but we had zero idea that we deduct the mortgage interest…
17 posts, 20:32 yesterday
Hello, I am living in Bremen, and I need to move 20 km to another town. I have quite a lot of large furniture, so we would need a large van, I wonder if anyone has a name for a good local company…
7 posts, 20:27 yesterday
100 for the stated utilities for 50 square meter is on the cheap side. Around 2.50 to 3.00 Euro per square meter are normal, slightly higher if there's services like e.g. an elevator in the house.
2 posts, 20:24 yesterday
Hello everyone,   I am a US citizen who has a valid Aufenthaltstitel, have been actively searching for work in the past 9 months and need advice on where I might find work in Hamburg. I have a…
742 posts, 19:53 yesterday
I read an article somewhere over the last few months describing Trump as being unfiltered and that it was a good thing. Then I thought, is unfiltered sewage or dirty water a good thing to have…
1 posts, 17:54 yesterday
Hi I know there are a lot of threads on this but not a lot of them have up to date information. We are moving from the UK in October and looking for a furnished flat that can be secured without…
299 posts, 16:46 yesterday
I mentioned that I was having problems with smartdnsproxy in another thread, after a few days it came back to life. I assume that the BBC are blocking some smartdns providers. After a few days…
166 posts, 16:36 yesterday
What about companies that list short term let furnished flats for those who are moving to Berlin but haven't got time for viewings e.g. crocodilian, coming home, inberlin homes, homelike? Some of…
8 posts, 16:14 yesterday
You need to wait at home or get someone to wait for you! I am sure that your employer will understand that you need a few hours away from work... Just go home.. wait for t-kom.. then go back to…
233 posts, 15:59 yesterday
Sooo. Back to racism in DEU then. "If said it before" (isn't that so pompous-sounding in a chat-room?) - and probably at the start of this thread, somewhere, that I find DEU racism a weird sort…
10 posts, 15:28 yesterday
Hi Kevin, I've found myself in this same situation. Could you advise how this turned out? I did it for 2 weeks before I stopped ND moved from Germany. A year later I moved back and the police…
6 posts, 13:55 yesterday
@OP To work there you will require security clearance - like having been a good boy for a long period (>10 years?). Apparently thats a major stumbling block to solving Hamburg airport's lack of…
4 posts, 13:43 yesterday
Hello, I've just received a notice from the Finanzamt that they wish to come to my house to take items to cover outstanding tax debts. I was freelancing for two years but made under 8000EUR each…
72 posts, 12:37 yesterday
And folks, the blues need to be distinguished from depression. But even though my depression is a family heirloom no one wants, I have learned a few tricks to handle it over the years. I will be…
7 posts, 11:17 yesterday
well, that was a great movement, i guess those youngsters never realized that the world could even became more cruel than it was... if i lived in the 60´s i would probably joined them...
3 posts, 10:05 yesterday
Normally, the pay slips should suffice. But if they want one, get it for them. You can get one by filling in, printing, signing and submitting by snail to your local Finanzamt this…
127 posts, 07:16 yesterday
Sparda Bank offers a free Girokonto as long as you pick up the statements yourself from the machine, they only require you to buy 50€ of cooperative shares which are refunded if and when you close…
5 posts, 04:51 yesterday
I'm a Digital Creative Director also on the lookout for a job. Try these. Some of the links are tailored to my search, but you can adjust that: designerdock.com…
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US burger giant Five Guys set to expand in Germany

Popular American fast food chain Five Guys announced via Facebook on Wednesday that they’re on their way to Germany.

Switzerland bans new Porsche SUVs over emissions cheating

Switzerland bans new Porsche SUVs over emissions cheating

Switzerland said on Friday that it will no longer register Porsche's luxury SUV, the Cayenne, with diesel engines citing the fallout from the emissions scandal that has rocked neighbouring Germany's car industry.

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday called on Turks living in Germany not to vote for the two parties in Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling grand coalition or the Greens in next month's legislative elections, calling them "enemies of Turkey".

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Merkel: We won’t halt election rallies but we will mourn Spain attack victims

Merkel: We won’t halt election rallies but we will mourn Spain attack victims

Germany's election rallies will mourn victims of Spain's deadly attacks, but they won't be halted as they are a celebration of democracy, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday.