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Freising Warning for Near Hurricane Force Gusts Warning for Near Hurricane Force Gusts in effect until Friday, 4:00 AM CET. Source: Deutscher Wetterdienst Less There is a risk of…
803 posts, 22:33 hrs
Not been a good week for the fanboys: Share price down 25% Panasonic to end partnership for solar cell production and so NY Gigafactory could be shuttered China production and Demand…
41 posts, 22:32 hrs
Hi thank you for your feedback. I will check the government document that you are referring. Today I have received an email from the council, answering, at least partially, to my questions. They…
300 posts, 22:28 hrs
Lets see if I understand this. So every Virus cell has a little receiver waiting for a signal to be sent via our network providers. Oh and the best bit is Trump our saviour has created a space force…
4 posts, 22:20 hrs
German is a difficult language and I believe it's probably three years pretty intense study to get to the point of understanding conversation. On the other hand, lots of German are fine speaking…
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Talk to John. He's an insurance broker. Normally if you are employed making more than 450€ a month your employer takes care of your insurance automatically but I think there is still some hang ups if…
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Thanks for your kind words, Metall. But I don't feel heroic at all. The friends and coworkers who visited me in hospital and family who gave support by phone are the heroes, I think. The situation…
18 posts, 20:59 hrs
You think they would have learned that? I've seen a couple of tv news programs where they talk to German kids who are in minority in their school and get bullied for it. Yes it's pretty bad. I…
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Hello everyone, Time for the next meetup! This time, we'll try out a brand new winebar/restaurant for everyone, since it only opens on Monday next week. Hopefully a great new discovery... Wednesday,…
23 posts, 20:33 hrs
Actually No. But I am dying to know what happened that he got chopped of that way including immediate leaving and no further working from his side. I've seen this with CEOs who where escorted out but…
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I am trying to organize a meetup open to any students, interns, graduates or anyone under the age of 25 (though we can make exceptions, of course). The starting venue is yet to be decided, though…
4 posts, 14:49 hrs
Don't kid yourself. Toytown advice and self-help research isn't enough. You need to invest in paying a Steuerberater to tell your employer what needs to be done. Make an appointment today. The sooner…
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After 19 years in Munich I moved back to my hometown Weiden. I want to set up an English speaking Roundtable to socialize, meet new people and make friends. I'm pretty much interested in foreign…
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Thank you, LeonG. I was hoping there was some sort of maximum that a company could charge more than an estimate and that looks true by your link. Still haven't heard back from the tax preparers…
3 posts, 10:23 hrs
You have to contact the ABH in the city where you used to live. Make sure to include your full name, date of birth, citizenship, and the date you left Germany. Be prepared to apply for a new…
4 posts, 10:19 hrs
I had the same thing last year a package from USA was held in Frankfurt and the status never changed. I didn't receive any notifications, I didn't have any luck trying to contact someone at the…
5 posts, 10:06 hrs
Theres the very famous club called Matrix and also Sisyphos. The best Berlin vibes you can feel in Kreuzberg in my opinion. You can visit the Mauerpark on a sunday or eat sth in Thai Park, that's…
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They can ask to produce it from day one without any reason. And they can do it for just one person. Bringing discrimination or bullying ("mobbing") won't work, somebody tried that already and lost…
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Not really. It´s a method even suggested to be used in slaughterhouses to slaughter animals witzhout suffering. But back on topic. Yesterday the German constitutional court declared the ban of…
45 posts, 22:35 yesterday
You shouldn’t believe everything you’ve read. We’re both publicly insured by choice and two pregnancies and a lot of hospital visits and consultations (with two children it adds up) later I’m quite…
14 posts, 21:44 yesterday
My local Edeka even stocks organic palm sugar. And all the DMs around here too. I am in a really untrendy satellite town. Not a "niche" thing. Is your product organic? I will check out the prices for…
28 posts, 19:07 yesterday
I've heard of certain roles being exempt from overtime rules but I had no idea it could just be based on salary. Anyway, that does make it more interesting, but as I said before, them asking you…
20 posts, 18:55 yesterday
§ Section 23(1c) of the Road Traffic Act states (1c) Anyone who drives a vehicle may not operate or carry a technical device intended to indicate or interfere with traffic monitoring measures. This…
9 posts, 18:46 yesterday
Does anyone have any updates on the situation re Eurostar, which currently doesn't allow dogs to travel on their trains for some reason? We'd like to travel by rail from Berlin to England with our…
17 posts, 16:02 yesterday
I've discounted Ueteresen, but because of the fact that the public transport isn't great for me. If I end up north of the river, I'd like to use the ferry to cross the Elbe from Teufelsbrüke, and…
6 posts, 15:51 yesterday
They have built an incredible amount of shopping out in your area over the last 10 yrs. or so. Most concentrated around the big Mira shopping mall and along Schleissheimerstr. Do you not have a bus…
5 posts, 15:23 yesterday
1. ex-essex (Paul) 2. Marianne 3. Terri V 4. Susie 5. Ryosuke  Please copy/paste the last list into the reply and add your name As Soon As Possible, at the latest 5 pm Wednesday. 
1 posts, 12:09 yesterday
Ever want to meet other international people and have a little fun. Well SketchUp Ddorf is hosting its first Drink & Draw event at Fatty's Irish Pub in the Duesseldorf Altstadt on Monday March…
4 posts, 11:09 yesterday
I know this question has been asked before, but I want to refine the answer at it is not clear to me that proposed solutions are true. Situation: Lived in Germany for 2 years and payed that silly…
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How well prepared is Germany for the spread of the coronavirus?

As the number of new coronavirus cases in Germany continued to grow on Thursday, many questioned how well prepared the country is to handle a spread of the virus. Here are the steps being taken.

Explained: How to receive help for a mental health issue in Germany

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Everything you need to know about paying taxes in Germany

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Germany upholds headscarf ban for trainee Muslim lawyers

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Germany's highest court on Thursday upheld a ban on headscarves for Muslim trainee lawyers in courts, finding that the requirement of maintaining religious neutrality was justified.

Authorities in western Germany take action to stop spread of coronavirus

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Following six confirmed coronavirus cases in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, authorities are now looking for further people who may have been affected.

'Uncertainty over coronavirus': New calls for economic stimulus in Germany

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