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15 posts, 14:11 hrs
Your city probably publishes some statistics. Ours for 2017 were published last week and I quoted some headlines here. They expect us to pay for the full report but last year's is free. Immoscout…
5 posts, 13:19 hrs
I don't actually, but I have a suggestion: Spotify. I very rarely, if ever, listen to the radio as I cannot stand Charts music. I have Spotify on my computer and mobile. I just looked and there is a…
254 posts, 12:55 hrs
Wow, what a summer so far!! I drink lots of water since I had some blood circulation problems in May which was hot as well. At least it's cooling down after midnight. Tomorrow, they expect the…
166 posts, 11:32 hrs
Dual citizenship is the new status symbol, as I've said before. According to Bild today, purchasing Austrian citizenship costs $23.75 million . There are cheaper EU options from about a mill, but…
13 posts, 11:18 hrs
First place I ever motorbiked was to impress my girlfriend was in Vietnam just like the lads. I also did their India trip in reverse, from Leh to Manali. I also spent three years petrolheading…
83 posts, 08:23 hrs
Have you already been to or are acquainted with Buer? Because I lived in Buer when i first moved to germany, and to me it is the diamond in the rough of the entire Ruhrgebiet. Its so charming and…
33 posts, 07:39 hrs
@someonesdaughter - they only send out toilets and a camp kitchen when it is something really, really big. It's easier to get a decontamination truck than it is to get a toilet, for the simple…
18 posts, 05:39 hrs
No, my point is that traffic wardens won't immediately give a ticket to an empty car. They wait and look around for the driver for a short while to see if they've gone off to buy a ticket at a nearby…
3 posts, 03:41 hrs
Thanks for replying. I am not really sure you have understood what I am saying due to the inconsistencies in your reply. My main point being that my actual annual income was some €9k less than my…
205 posts, 23:30 yesterday
I got emotional yesterday listening to 'The Suburbs' by Arcade Fire. The line that goes: I want a daughter while I'm still young, so I can take her hand, and show her some beauty before all this…
118 posts, 22:50 yesterday
Hm, just remembered an American guy a few years ago..he was in his 60s and he phoned me about his status in Germany..needed health insurance but was on a kind of tourist visa but he wanted to stay in…
5 posts, 21:04 yesterday
I've had to get a copy before. It cost a few Euro, like around 10. They looked me up and then filled out a payment form that I just took the the cash desk and paid, and then went back and they…
27 posts, 20:28 yesterday
If that were indeed the case I would completely agree with you. In my case it is not, since the Cerebral Palsy in both legs from birth are clear indicators of a physical disability. What I struggle…
52 posts, 19:14 yesterday
DEC - yes gone from the surface of the Earth like many others (I cut my teeth on a DEC PDP-8). Did my third-year project on a PDP-11 when studying for my B.Sc. at Manchester. Also gone: Sun…
1,730 posts, 18:23 yesterday
OK, that is just silly. Reported by whom? In order to conduct espionage, you have to willfully hand the documents over to a foreign power. Who in your opinion, did she hand documents over to?…
10 posts, 17:29 yesterday
I also suggest joining the mieterverein. The three month waiting period is only for court cases, not for obtaining advice, nor for having a letter written on your behalf. If you have legal…
8 posts, 17:17 yesterday
A lot of people from the former West moved to Friedrichshain. Not all people who live/work in Friedrichshain are from the former East. As someone else said: Friedrichshain is not Marzahn. I think you…
8 posts, 17:09 yesterday
Where do you think you could work as a policy officer? Educational policy is set at the state level and B2 is not going to get you far in the Länder. Unless you can get an EU citizenship, the EU…
6 posts, 16:47 yesterday
Have you tried using Meetup or networking in the tech scene in Berlin? Have you looked at online courses via Coursera or Udemy to build your profile a little in the direction of that career?…
1 posts, 16:12 yesterday
Hey guys, Being German tax resident and amazon seller in the US, could you recommend the best entity and business formation for this... US entity or German gewerbe, maybe offshore or…
2 posts, 15:44 yesterday
How to get legal advice or representation in court if you have limited means or a low income. ^^ Please refer to the topic which is pinned at the top of the Legal forum, Tom^^ 2B
13 posts, 14:12 yesterday
First of all, your building should have a Verwaltungsbeirat that reviews and confirms all outgoing and incoming funds and receipts prior to each owners' meeting. If they didn't, then the Abrechnung…
27 posts, 13:20 yesterday
Haubigut, the place is tiny so should be no problem finding us! Glad you can join us. Meetings last as long as a lengthy dinner plus chatting time afterwards. 1) crusoe 2) MunichMom 3)…
63 posts, 12:20 yesterday
Ah, my stalker – formerly known as hasenpfad1 and sending me messages like this: "My someone needs a change of tampon! I'll bet you smell like a dumpster behind a rendering plant in Mississippi…
3 posts, 12:14 yesterday
As you say this is due to work trips then you cold try a couple of things; 1) Contact the Gym and explain and ask to postpone/suspend your membership. They might then let you re-use the 6 months…
5 posts, 12:02 yesterday
does your apartment have a washing machine included? Or at least a connection for one? I can't advise you on what kind of bike to get - this really depends on your feelings about comfort vs.
7 posts, 11:37 yesterday
All the best wishes and health to you Shelly Hopefully the morning sickness is starting to ease off for you. The first 12 weeks really sucked for me, it was super cold and I felt sick and fatigued…
11 posts, 08:07 yesterday
Bingo... Just Googled booklice and pretty much the same picture came up. No idea how they got here but now need to figure out how to get rid of them. Thanks for your help.
3 posts, 08:02 yesterday
I’m relatively new to the area and interested in meeting native English speakers who are also self-employed in creative fields, such as writing, all types of visual art, music, dance, etc. I am…
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Germany drops sanctions on Turkey, relaxes travel advice

Germany drops sanctions on Turkey, relaxes travel advice

Germany has lifted economic sanctions on Turkey and relaxed its travel advice to the country, Berlin said Saturday, after Ankara ended its two-year state of emergency.

Update: Man behind assault with knife on Lübeck bus in court

Update: Man behind assault with knife on Lübeck bus in court

Ten people were injured in an assault by a man wielding a knife on a bus in northern Germany. The 34-year-old suspect was arrested on Friday and appeared before a magistrate on Saturday.

Ten words that sound prettier in German than in English

Ten words that sound prettier in German than in English

Ok, ok. We’re aware that the German language doesn’t have much of a reputation for beauty. But the language of Goethe and Schiller can’t be all bad. We’ll even go out on a limb and say there are some words that sound nicer in German than in English. Read on to see if you agree.

Are North African countries

Are North African countries 'safe' for deportees from Germany?

German conservatives want to add three North African countries to the government’s list of “safe countries of origin” in a bid to speed up processing and deportations of asylum-seekers. But critics say these countries aren’t safe for certain groups, including journalists and homosexuals. The Local took a closer look at the debate.

German congregations shrink as church goers die out

German congregations shrink as church goers die out

Germany’s two major Christian churches lost hundreds of thousands of members last year in an ongoing long term decline largely to demographic change.

'Good for all' that Trump, Putin plan to meet again: Merkel

Meetings between the US and Russian presidents should become the "normality", German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday, adding that it is "good for all" that Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin plan new talks.