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40 posts, 11:12 hrs
Yes, the UK is not a public transport heavy nation of course, compared to here. But since I have moved here and used it more, I've experienced all sorts of things like rail derailments. Last year, my…
55 posts, 05:48 hrs
Why not just wing it for 3 months? Book a holiday flat, explore, and look around. Then you can see costs, no Anmeldung needed, and your EHIC card will cover emergencies for the 3 months. Then you can…
1 posts, 15:20 yesterday
Hello guys, I'm about to buy a new iphone handset and will need some phone insurance to cover loss/damage/theft - can anyone advise as to a good policy/company to use? Most of the websites…
1 posts, 12:14 yesterday
Fellow Berlin beer aficionados, the sun is shining so let's have an informal TT meet up while the weather still holds. Inspired by the Nuremberg group's DUMB, how about DUMBBER - Drunken Uninhibited…
9 posts, 24 May
Just because I hate loose ends... Thanks everyone for your help with my son's apocalyptic toe adventure. It has taken months and a bit of doctor shopping, but it's all better now. Thank goodness!…
11 posts, 24 May
One thing I forgot to mention. Most areas allow non-residents to fish their waters if accompanied by a local with a license. However, the problem is that all fishing waters need to be managed by a…
1 posts, 24 May
Art Jam: A Summer Intensive for Young Adults Looking for a fun way to spend your Summer in Berlin? Interested in Art, Photography and/or New Media? Want to prepare your portfolio for art school?…
86 posts, 24 May
I am a BVG employee and I absolutely confirm that we target British women only. We are not allowed to check other nationality because of Brexit. We are instructed to ask how do you drink your…
6 posts, 23 May
Firstly there is no such thing as a live out aupair! it is always live in. there is a difference between a babysitter, childminder, daily nanny liveout and a live in nanny and governess. do your…
1,059 posts, 23 May
You've asked a very similar question before. Here's my answer, again: A 3-month-course will not give you enough language proficiency to enroll at a German university. You'd have to pass…
12 posts, 22 May
There are no no-go zones in Germany in the sense that is used in the Anglo-Saxon press (that is, police, fire services, ambulances are afraid to respond to calls there). The closest to that would be…
32 posts, 22 May
So your contract is only for a year or do you have a "permanent, unlimited" work contract with your employer? This is important because although your work permit may only be valid for a year, you…
156 posts, 22 May
In that case, invest some of the fees not spent on these other experts. My experiences of buying in Germany (which were almost all from the developer) have never been bad but it is stil necessary to…
7 posts, 22 May
@trr, I came here to link that list of psychiatrists! Glad to know Google is returning it too. There's also a meta list for English-speaking doctors in Berlin, if you need to look for other medical…
15 posts, 22 May
As the property company has to give written permission for the hauptmieter to sublet a room, I'm wondering if it's worth me getting in touch with them to say: I haven't been given sufficient notice…
7 posts, 21 May
You do not need to go all the way to the Alps (unless you want to) to do some mountain biking. Saxonian Switzerland and Franconian Switzerland nature parks offer a lot of trails some of them are…
13 posts, 21 May
Thanks engelchen for the tip again. Let me keep trying to find one in (preferably) Berlin while looking for some in other areas. As I didn't want to take any risk, I hired a translator from…
53 posts, 20 May
And most probably you would have been fired for poor performance. Clearance rate for shoplifting is lower than 2% according to Handelsverband Deutschland while police claims it's 90%. Such…
35 posts, 19 May
If it was € 5500 an hour, you still wouldn`t have a chance. Oh dear, our Resident Fapper still thinks a 100k + salary gets me going? Awww blessss, if only he knew.  Funnily enough though, it…
5 posts, 18 May
> Master 1 and Master 2 Assuming you are an exceptionally good learner and can do two parallel Masters, wouldn't it be more useful to either finish a single Master faster or a Phd in this time…
5 posts, 18 May
It will raise lots of red flags – your residency permit is given for the purpose of having a family and living separately would look like you're not doing that. Is there any particular reason why…
18 posts, 18 May
> Its both employee and employer parts for whole year insurance company asks from me. Its really a lot of money. This is a very weird story. As others have mentioned, this is only possible if…
8 posts, 18 May
They usually don't bother providing much info before 3 months have passed. The "average time frame" for visas is irrelevant; some people receive it in days for others it take months.  You…
13 posts, 18 May
Off-hand I don't know where you could find a certified thermometer, although I'd bet you, as a layperson, couldn't rent one and you'd probably not want to invest the cost of buying one either which…
1 posts, 18 May
Hi everybody, I was wonder if you know any basketball bar in Berlin which broadcast EuropeanLeague Final Four? There will be first games today at 6pm and 9pm. Thank you and have a great…
2 posts, 16 May
I live in Berlin since November and really want to start developing my hobbies. Are there any art/drawing/painting evening courses in English in Berlin? Thank you for your help!
4 posts, 15 May
Hallo! So, my husband and I are moving to Germany only to study our masters , perhaps for 2 or 3 years starting this October 2018. We already have a blocked account in which we have deposited our…
22 posts, 15 May
As stated, you can open an N26 account from abroad. It's what lots of people recommend when you're just settling. I wrote an honest, detailed review of N26 last year. They're a pretty decent bank,…
8 posts, 15 May
In my experience and from what I've seen from peers and friends who have gone through dBS, it's a great point of connection for technical "industry" jobs such as sound design for film/advertising…
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The Local Germany
Iran sanctions shadow falls on smaller German banks

Iran sanctions shadow falls on smaller German banks

Germany's biggest lenders have shied away from business with Iran after past penalties for breaching US sanctions, but smaller banks have leapt on opportunities afforded by the nuclear deal rejected by Donald Trump.

Far-right Berlin march to draw huge counter protest

Far-right Berlin march to draw huge counter protest

Thousands of anti-racism campaigners, left-wingers and techno lovers are expected to pack the streets of Berlin on Sunday to protest a rally called by the far-right AfD party, with police deploying in force to keep the peace.

How German has completely fuddled up my English (and how I’ve dealt with it)

How German has completely fuddled up my English (and how I’ve dealt with it)

Those of you who’ve lived in Germany for a few years can surely relate - once you’ve picked up the local language and it encompasses your daily life, you slowly start to notice signs that your English is deteriorating.

Eurosceptic in Italy

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The standoff between Italy's president and the populist coalition hoping to form a government centres on their pick for economy minister, the staunch eurosceptic Paolo Savona, who has been described by a former finance minister as “radically anti-German”.

Bayer

Bayer's Monsanto takeover less lucrative than expected

German pharma and chemicals giant Bayer said Friday that savings from its hoped-for takeover of US seeds and pesticides behemoth Monsanto will be smaller than previously thought.

New US tariffs a headache for German automakers

New US tariffs a headache for German automakers

US President Donald Trump's threat to impose steep tariffs on auto imports will hit foreign automakers that export a large number of vehicles to the US market, but many also manufacture cars domestically.