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4 posts, 18:49 hrs
Do I have to give a reason in the letter? For my case, it's due to relocation and the fact that I want to be near my family. Of course, I'll tell that to my supervisor, but do I have to mention it…
14 posts, 18:37 hrs
Actually, I found my answer here: haufe.de/steuern/kanzlei... Answer: Yes, all business income is added together, so you exceed 17.5K and must charge 7% MWST in Germany, the same as the hotels…
6 posts, 18:34 hrs
Asking your hostel doesn't cost anything, so go ahead. Next week Oktoberfest starts, so you will not find something anyway in this madhouse period. Focus on a WG since this is the easiest option for…
55 posts, 18:10 hrs
I'm not sure this is always the case. I understand, but am not certain, that there are some exceptions to the rule - one example being for those who are over 60. Happy to be corrected.
29 posts, 17:50 hrs
HELP!!! we just bought our ceramic glass cook top. Right after I cooked, I let t cool down before I cleaned it. I found tiny bubbles that don’t seem to go away even after I used a special…
26 posts, 17:30 hrs
Its an interesting point. I've been looking at buying electric car for a year or so now. You either have the tiny small cars (Nissan Leaf) or the hugely expensive (in the EU) Telsas. No one made a…
83 posts, 17:22 hrs
Hi Lee, Can you tell me how were the pictures they wanted you to explain? and plan making in speaking? I am a little bit confused, I saw too many different pictures on internet and too many…
36 posts, 16:57 hrs
DHL only offer one tariff the max amount it can be insured for is 500 Euro, to initiate a claim it has to be done by telephone, I am trying but I keep getting passed from department to department,…
243 posts, 14:25 hrs
I would like to post my two cents here about the dentist referred to as 'Toothbrush salesperson' -> which i completely disagree. I found her through Toytown and she is one of the BEST i have ever…
2 posts, 13:46 hrs
Air pollution is something you can measure. If it's over a certain limit, you should wear a mask. This is the case in Beijing for example. Friends of mine currently live there and if the index is…
324 posts, 12:24 hrs
My 18 yo. niece is vegan. She still lives with her parents but cooks for herself separately. Her parents were hoping it's a phase but recently she met her great aunt at a family gathering who is 89,…
10 posts, 11:30 hrs
Word provides a way to shift text up or down using the "Advance" field. Are you familiar with it? It takes more steps than using subscript, but it doesn't reduce the size of the character and gives…
12 posts, 11:08 hrs
onemark - I have just discovered your comment. I find certain contractors don't like their texts being translated online for security reasons which means you miss out on that work. I was wondering if…
166 posts, 09:10 hrs
So what has practically been done to change this? Germany is a country with a high graduate population, and all across Europe you see this translate to less than two children per couple, so the…
1 posts, 07:51 hrs
For those of you who are interested in more than what is gleamed from the mundane rag mills. I go for dinner beforehand as well, the food is always good. Di., 24.9., 20.00 Uhr, Salon Luitpold: On…
949 posts, 20:56 yesterday
Hello everyone, After a bit of a break for Bavarian holidays, we're back to starting our meetups! Since the summery weather is continuing just a little longer, we'll enjoy the sun while we can. Our…
6 posts, 19:07 yesterday
Three of my favorites (because they are made for larger cars): 1. Karstadt Parkhaus (on the east side of town, not far from Cinecitta 2. Jakobsmarkt Parkhaus (within the city walls, on the west…
2 posts, 19:07 yesterday
As a freelancer you should apply for the so-called Ist-Besteuerung and then the payment date is leading for MWSt. paid instead of the invoice date like in a gmbh: lexikon.fastbill....
29 posts, 18:48 yesterday
I think that's a good idea. At the hotel where I stayed in Solingen, there were some trains passing by at least every 20 min. so if he sits in his car for an hour during the evening, playing on his…
4 posts, 17:49 yesterday
Why don't you find out by making appointments at the relevant offices for whatever issues you're trying to sort out (it's not clear what specifically you're trying to do where a minor spelling…
10 posts, 17:36 yesterday
If you were still under the same visa, I guess you could argue you were just travelling out of the country/visiting home, so that's why you didn't deregister. Since you're living at the same address,…
41 posts, 12:05 yesterday
Tonight at 6 at Jungfernstieg there will be a live broadcast of the premiere of Die Nase. it is a crazy Shostakovic opera, so don't expect Puccini. But, something to see none the less. It is…
8 posts, 12:05 yesterday
Yes Thomas a friend of mine jointed the hairdresser staff from Toupet Or Not Toupet recently. He speaks english fluently, and has some foreign customers too. Furthermore he frequently participate at…
2 posts, 10:09 yesterday
I was in a similar situation a few years ago. I wanted to keep my apartment and maintain my health insurance status so I did not abmelden and went onto an Anwartsschaft with TK. It was all very…
2 posts, 00:00 yesterday
Hello Somali, Yes, you should definitely translate your CV into German. If you are already in Germany, you can head over to the Arbeitsamt and they will give you all kinds of advice on writing…
12 posts, 13 September
That is not a valid source, you've taken the terms and conditions of some rental company. By source I meant a valid link to the Italian government of other recognised body not some rental company…
50 posts, 13 September
Pharma? Nowadays, you can't accept a pen of 20 cents in that industry. In the past, GP's were invited to luxury conferences in the Caribbean: one day conference, four days holiday in 5-star hotel…
3 posts, 13 September
Ok thanks for the links! So interesting how freelancers (who are lucky enough to give birth in the following calendar year) can manipulate their incomes after they find out they're pregnant.
25 posts, 13 September
I guess it is regarded as a long term investment. I know a school in London put a lift in for a girl (who I knew when she was a baby) who had to use a wheelchair. The cost was HUGE. But it was not…
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Protests against German car industry draw 25,000

Protests against German car industry draw 25,000

Thousands of protesters, many on bicycles, gathered in the southern German city of Frankfurt Saturday to protest outside the city's motor show, part of a new wave of environmental activism.

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8 strange superstitions that the Germans hold dearly

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As it’s the very spooky day of Friday the 13th, we thought we’d take a look at some German superstitions and show you how to save yourself from some very bad luck in the Bundesrepublik.