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  2.   That depends on the conditions (Auflage) appertaining to the ban.   Examples; If you were banned during the first 2 years of holding a German license and subsequently ordered by the court to undergo further training then the answer is no.   If you were banned as a result of failing a blood alchohol test or a drug offence and ordered by the court to undergo a MPU then the answer is no.   Please see §28 FeV Abs(4) Sätze 3 - 6 for more details. § 28 FeV - § 28 Anerkennung von Fahrerlaubnissen aus Mitgliedstaaten der Europäischen Union oder einem anderen Vertragsstaat des Abkommens über den Europäischen Wirtschaftsraum   Here's a translation of that Section >not ideally translated by Google<   Google Translate § 28 FeV 2010 (Recognition of EU or EEA driving licenses) - Re non-recog due to German bans > See subsection (4) Sentences 3 - 6)   2B
  3. What made you smile today?

  4. Hi Zabri   I live in Leverkusen.  There are some nice areas to live here.  Schlebusch where I live is really nice and has the tram to Köln.  A few other nice suburbs are Lützenkirschen, Steinbuchel and some areas of Wiesdorf.  The bus system is really great here and the rental prices are cheaper than Köln.  However, if you want to live in Köln the train out to Leverkusen is quick and easy.  Accommodation is hard to find so you will probably have to be flexible about where you live.   If you want to know any more about the area, I am happy for you to message me.  My kids are teenagers so I dont know much about stuff for little kids but I am happy to help where I can.   Cheers Jennie
  5. Why are you happy today?

    I´m happy I´ve seen these amazing pictures and that world is so glorious:
  6. Only in America...

    There was a report on this ages ago in the UK and it said that the US army is still paying for veterans, and the viagra is quite possibly for them (medically retired from combat, perhaps). Also that there are a very large proportion of men in the army, and not that many transgender, which is why the amounts for the viagra seem so high.
  7. Hello! I was wondering if there are any English speaking people in Murnau or in the nearby town? I've been living in Murnau for a while now and would love to make new friends, maybe meet for a coffee or a beer.  So, anyone else here?
  8. Brexit: The fallout

    Oi...wank stain.. don't forget there is the log-out button..
  9. Hi All,   I have an apartment in Italy that I rented in the past years.  According to my tax berater and thanks to the agreement between Germany and Italy against double taxation, the taxes over rental income are paid only in Italy (and they duly are).    Now, in the past years I have accrued a (relatively) small amount of money on my Italian account as in fact the incoming rent piled up there (my salary here was enough and I have not invested what I was doing).   Now I will sell the apartment and I intend to close the italian bank account. If I transfer an amount of approximately 20000 Eur from my italian bank account to my german bank account, do I need to inform the Bundesbank? Where? How?  Regarding taxes, is there a way I can flag/explain the transaction so that the Finanzamt will know that this is non-taxable rental income?   Thank you for your help!        
  10. why are school trips so expensive in germany?

    Here if the child cannot go on the trip it is fine.  They just stay with the closest class that fits for the duration.
  11. Started snowing here about 15 minutes ago.  Everything turned white. I looked like the abonminable snowman after walking the 500m home from local stables...
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  13.   If he wanted to appease the working class, he could have given them a tax break instead of his fat cat cronies. P.S. Also not cutting Obamacare would have been well received by the poor.
  14. @CustomX   Did you just turn up at the Amt or did you book an appointment first? If you just turned up where was the Amt? From what I can see in Munich I have to have an appointment to be able to exchange my UK licence but they won´t give me one until early March. Which is cutting it a bit close to Brexit.
  15. Importing capitals to Germany

    Hi All,   I am soon going to relocate to Dresden and I am thinking to sell an apartment I own in Italy to finally settle down there. I currently am a German fiscal resident  and I have purchased my property in Italy more than 10 years ago.   Now the question is: what happens in the eyes of the Finanzamt if I move let's say 200000 Eur from my own bank account in Italy to my bank account in Germany? My take is that they should not be taxed. I have read the Italian-German agreement against double-taxation and there it is clearly stated that income from real estate is taxed in the country where the real estate is. Plus this is actually not income, this is capital and for the fact that the property was purchased more than ten years ago, as far as I know there should not  be a capital-gain tax (which will be anyway microscopic, prices plummeted in Italy since the 2008 crisis . Depending on the negotiation I may even end up selling under my initial purchase value). Are there other taxes to consider on top of the capital gains? Your comments are welcome indeed.   Assuming that the capital should not be taxed (I hope I am right). How do I actually import the money here in Germany? I know there is a limit of 12500 EUR beyond which transactions must be somewhat explained. So when I do a transaction of say 200000 EUR from my italian bank account to my german bank account, do I need to inform the Bundesbank? Where? How? Regarding taxes, is there a way I can flag/explain the transaction so that the Finanzamt will know what that is?   (this leads to another question that I will post in a minute in a following post)   Thank you!!      
  16. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

      Do you know if there’s a celebration for us some time?   someone mentioned Jan 18 so maybe i missed it this year?!
  17. Complete FAIL

  18. Relotius Case: Fraudulent Reporting in Spiegel

      Your words were:   The "gun problem" it not even about guns so much really, it's about the power/limits of government. So to make a point on these limits, this rich and influential special interest group (i.e. an identity group), courts politicians and other patronage networks (including newsmedia). In this way, they wield their influence. Perhaps not all gun owners identify strongly as such, but enough do to make a difference. This is identity politics.   Again, my English might be defiicient, but is "rich" different than "deep pocketed" ?   Rich is relative.   Look at the yearly NRA budget and compare it to Mike Bloomberg's net worth.     If it is not a money issue, then the majority of the US Congress is sympathetic to the gun owner identity group.    The idea that the NRA buys Congress is a joke to anyone who actually looks at the numbers.    The boogeyman group strikes again.     So are the NRA lobbyists really so compelling and charming?    More so than the Hollywood low lifes who pretend to care about the topic?    I am guessing the latter would be more fun, richer, and throw better parties than the gun lobby.      
  19. US Immigration Lawyers in Munich

    Unfortunately I have only been in the US for two weeks since I left when I was 10. My parents were there legally when I was born but only had residence permits, were never American citizens, so going through grandparents isn't an option. When I emailed the consulate, they just sent me a link to the requirements and when I tried to question further, they answered that they can't give me any further info and my request for the child's citizenship is only determined through an official interview with the Consular Officer (which I can only do after I have a birth certificate). I am extremely disappointed because my child won't be eligible for German citizenship when it's born (I have only been in Germany for 5 years) and I really really don't want my child to be a citizen of the country I lived in between age 10 and now.  Any chance I could convince the Consular Officer anyway?  
  20. Many forums died in the latter part of the 2000s.    I was a member of one particular forum in the UK that was really, really active. You had to be online constantly to keep up. Then it just died overnight back in 2009.   It’s still there, but maybe 1 new thread a week or so. Only the hardcore oldtimers are still hanging around. 
  21.   Usually B1 language certificate from TELC or GOETHE is sufficient and no separate integration course is needed. However I know few cases where they have accepted only B1 course completion certificate from other institutes. I think it depends on the immigration officer.   All the best for you !!!
  22. Any java experts out there?

    Hi Guys,   Very grateful for a bit of advice and this goes above my head as a mere php guy!   My son is doing computing at Abi level. As a team they were given the job of building a messaging system. My son's part was the encryption.   He tells me   If I understand rightly he was working with 128bit.   He spent all xmas holiday writing several versions but all were too slow. (13 minutes was his fastest) A programmer friend said it would not be possible to get it fast enough simply using java and he should search java libraries in an attempt to solve the problem. (who is unfortunately not available at the moment 'cos he is flying from Mongolia!)   He found and Javax.crypto so used those.   The comment from the teacher was if they were in the libraries he should have been able to write them himself.   I have two questions ... firstly is that true? and secondly .. is that a reasonable exercise for Abi?   Just to finish .. my son is not the average nerd (and I use the term affectionately not as an insult), he enjoys it but it's not his life, which often means in this class he is not as good as the others...  so there is lots more going on in the class than this... verging on mobbing ... which his teacher is more encouraging than preventing.   I honestly do not mind if you agree with the teacher... I am simply trying to find out facts!            
  23. Unemployment benefits

      There is no longer a free additional insurance period of one month – who falls out of the status of the compulsory insurance (via the employer) and slips into the status of the voluntarily insured (because he does not receive any benefits from the employment office or sick pay etc.), must pay his contribution himself.   All the details are there (in German). 
  24. Elternzeit general questions

    Talk to the works council. You can't be fired in Germany when you're pregnant with an unlimited contract. When do you start Mutterschutz? Beginning of March?   If you start a new job in February and you step in the office with a big belly, you will not survive the 6 months probation period.
  25. That was a seriously good curry, and one of the hottest I managed to get in Munich (I specifically asked for it, normal heat or mild of course available).
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