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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…
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…
2 posts, 17 August
Hi David, I used Pierre, he is locally in Prenzlauberg, not a registered plumber so not good for something major, but he installed a new tap and water filter system in my kitchen very professionally…
6 posts, 17 August
We don't doubt your skills but in Germany you may only practice acupuncture if you are: 1) a physician, or 2) a "Heilpraktiker", which, unlike in other countries, is a regulated profession in…
5 posts, 17 August
Thank you, @JennyH - Still have not taken the machine in. We did manage to find another machine for me, second-hand, so the Hugin is just sitting at the moment. Gotta get on this. I loved…
5 posts, 17 August
Thanks for the encouragement. I've also had a CV offer. Just FYI, I'm not hiring. I'm looking for parents interested in securing a Kita spot for their kids by creating one themselves. The hiring…
8 posts, 16 August
We are moving to Berlin in October and I had a similar question. Has anyone used inBerlin Homes at all? They seem to be a new company so there's no reviews yet. Any other recommendations also…
4 posts, 16 August
Hi @twois - my GP Dr Cordes offers HIV support and is excellent in English as is most of her receptionist team. If they do not have what you need I am sure they would head you in the right…
1 posts, 15 August
The Berlin Writing Group will have its first autumn meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 1st at the Villa Mittelhof. The group is for mother tongue level English speakers and we spend the…
1 posts, 15 August
Hello, We are searching for a family photographer in Berlin for a family photo shoot on Sunday, 20 August. We are celebrating our daughters Einschulung and want to take photos around Berlin…
2 posts, 14 August
Because I'm possessed and love proper research, I compiled a list of upcoming A1.1 German language evening courses in Berlin. Sharing here as I'm sure there are others searching for these. If there's…
9 posts, 13 August
Sorry to hear about that unfortunate situation but on the positive side you did not pay anything, This is the website that is sometimes used to actually post the advertisement from the rental…
5 posts, 13 August
Here are some cheap ones (prices including shipping). You need the one with 8 steps: 75€: ebay.de/itm/1121... 85€ (has an extra blue tray at the top for your tools): amazon.de/alumi...
12 posts, 12 August
Hi! We've got a 15 month old who's been in cloth since the beginning and still going strong, but we never used any brands of fancy modern ones. I loaded up on used €1/diaper cloth flats from the…
2 posts, 12 August
I think you need to look at your expenditure so far, and maybe analyse what you could and should have done differently. Assuming that your income is not included in the €10,000, by your own…
10 posts, 11 August
Sorry to ask something again someonesdaughter but I'm having trouble finding an appointment any earlier than late August for any location. Which location did you see openings on Tuesday for?
4 posts, 11 August
Yes (although you have an Aufenthaltserlaubinis and not a visa). No and no. It means that you have full labour market access and can be employed and/or self-employed.
27 posts, 11 August
In my case I am a blue card Holder. Last time when I lived in Germany, i was a blue card holder. Last time I received eAT but not this time. I think its purely on the officer's secession or it may be…
8 posts, 10 August
Hi 2B, "A Rumtopf may not be what your visitor is wanting to buy, unless she is unusually keen on high strength sugar-cane alcohol-preserved fruit concoctions." This is exactly what she wants!!.
1 posts, 9 August
I thought it might be a good change of atmosphere to partake in a communal viewing with other fans for the remaining episodes, if that's a thing in Germany. I'm not sure if the time difference is…
59 posts, 9 August
Hey everyone, Are there any meetups going on in the next week or two? I've been far too attached to my computer screens recently and was thinking it would be good to get our and grab a Pils or…
40 posts, 8 August
I live here and work both remotely and locally, but it's a challenge. I'm in a specific scenario since I started my own business in Krakow, Poland, and have since been able to manage everything…
1 posts, 7 August
Hi Toytown, My name is Bart and I'm better known as HappyBart. After being in Berlin for some time, I realized there are a lot of people looking for an English speaking handyman. This is where…
23 posts, 5 August
Your musical talent is not the issue - you need to be clear about the situation about getting work permits / visas as a non-EU citizen (assuming you are a Tunisian citizen). Maybe look here…
1 posts, 5 August
Stand Up en Español : Franco Escamilla World Tour ( Español ) ★★★★★ ABOUT THE SHOW ★★★★ Franco Escamilla llega a Berlín con el mejor show de Stand Up en Español "Por la anécdota"  Única función 15 de…
20 posts, 4 August
Hey Steve, yes these are all of the problems I foresee. Urgh! Just when I've decided I've had enough of this crazy system, they won't even let me leave... Ok, so instead of sending my form in…
7 posts, 4 August
I can only weigh in on maintaining the Green Card. He can apply for a re-entry permit (uscis.gov/i-131)... which will let him stay out of the country for up to two years without losing her GC. He…
4 posts, 3 August
Many thanks! Yes, I had letter from Germany company that is my main client - invoices and bank account statements as well. But Ausländerbehörde lady said that that's not enough and she asked for…
4 posts, 3 August
I did read those suggestions but I can't get the window fully closed. The handle is in the upright tilt position. I can only wiggle the handle slightly. It is not Velux in that it only tilts in from…
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Popular American fast food chain Five Guys announced via Facebook on Wednesday that they’re on their way to Germany.

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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.