anne k

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  • Location Dresden
  • Nationality British
  • Hometown Chelmsford
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  • Year of birth 1969
  1. The different parts of the east do share some similar characteristics based on their shared history, but there's still a difference between, say, the south and north of Dresden, let alone between Rügen and Chemnitz or Zwickau and Potsdam. My poor dog got bitten last week, and now when I walk round the block, total strangers ask me what happened and how she is. The lady who cleans the blocks of flats in this area waved me over as I passed to see what was going on. It seems that everyone has heard it on the grapevine. And this is in the more unfriendly part of Dresden. It's not the same as in the UK, and obviously you do get some real dickheads, and it can make a difference if you look obviously foreign (I don't), but I don't recognise the description of general unpleasantness throughout the east. Or maybe I've picked up the right mannerisms/attitude myself and scare off the nasty ones!
  2. What's the issue with dual nationality?

    I'd imagine in some cases because they can already speak English so think they have better chances there than in a place where they have to learn the language from scratch?
  3. What's the issue with dual nationality?

    The welfare state was introduced.
  4. What's the issue with dual nationality?

    My children were born in Germany and have spent all their lives here, with their German family and friends, in the German education system, but as they are in their 20s, they didn't experience the divided Germany or reunification, as I did. They have learned about some of these things in school, and they are intelligent and mildly interested - it is not just about "not having a clue" - but the background is more foreign to them than it is to me. Their grandmother just died at the age of 98; she was an extremely bright, intelligent woman with the memory of an elephant and also got to vote in the recent election. When she was my daughter's age, the war had just ended and she was helping clear rubble in Erfurt. Clearly my daughter and her grandmother's experiences of life are very different to mine, or yours, or that of other native German citizens living their entire life in a picturesque little village in the Alps or fishing on the Baltic Sea or travelling the world working for Porsche, or stuck in prison, etc. etc. The people in a country do not have a single, uniform "idea of the background and the emotions involved" in the things that happen there. You are old enough to know that.
  5. What's the issue with dual nationality?

    The AfD voters I have knowingly talked to here are concerned about things like a supposed rise in crime they believe is due to an increase in foreigners. This is supported by Bild etc. AfD election posters play on such fears: most are very vague. This year's "Deutschland aber normal" would suit jeba to a T, suggesting that all real Germans have the same opinions, like automatons (why is that appealing?), but last time round the poster "Neue Deutsche machen wir selber" was everywhere. Foreigners are made out to be criminals and rapists; their message is clear, and it's not aimed at people who are interested in tax.
  6. What's the issue with dual nationality?

    If this forum was populated entirely by people who were easily swayed by jeba's arguments, it could perhaps be unpleasant for young, uninformed new arrivals using the site as a safe place where they could avoid right-wing views. But personally I think there is something to be said for threads like this, where people discuss the points he is making in a way that shows any young, uninformed new arrivals some potential ways of dealing with views they are pretty likely to come across in real life.
  7. What's the issue with dual nationality?

    If you mean that the SPD would have got fewer votes, how do you explain Mecklenburg? They may have got in a candidate mit Migrationshintergrund, but the SPD's win isn't because of the high proportion of foreigners there: Mecklenburg has the lowest percentage in Germany.  
  8. What's the issue with dual nationality?

    you are a hoot
  9. What's the issue with dual nationality?

    What would be the point of trying to put people off? If they were actually up to no good, they wouldn't let their loyalties get in the way of taking on German citizenship if that was required. Why else would you want to filter people out? (Yes, that is also a real question.) I would describe myself as having been "not bothered" about becoming German until it was necessary due to Brexit. So not a fervent supported of the German dream. But actually, on becoming German, it felt great. I feel like I am entitled to be here, and part of the country. During these elections, I went and voted for a party I think would do Germany some good. I helped count the votes and there were quite a few other Germans (presumably not all recent Germans like me) who scrawled some very rude things on their ballot papers. And turnout was rubbish in my area. By that measure I'd say I'm a better German than many, despite originally being "not bothered" and even now still wanting the best for my family in the UK.
  10. What's the issue with dual nationality?

    Brexit has shown me that people will take on another citizenship if they feel forced into a corner in terms of bureaucracy, but only do so with great reluctance.
  11. I've lived in rhe East for nearly 30 years and have got the hang of it but yes, it does take a long time. I do think the West is a bit closer in attitude to the UK, but there is still a cultural difference, so it would still be a case of you having to learn and adapt. You don't say where you are, but you might also just be in the wrong part of town - maybe you'd be happier in a more "alternative" area, if there is one. If it's Ilmenau, then just leave or I could put you in touch with a guy at the university you might get on with!
  12. What's the issue with dual nationality?

    How would losing British citizenship make me lose any loyalty towards the UK? My family still live there, and I still grew up there, whatever it says on my passport. Maybe I'd feel resentful at having been forced to lose it by the German government, and my loyalties to the UK would grow even stronger.
  13. Bundestagswahl 26th of September 2021

    This is kind of what Drosten suggested (though they denied it afterwards) in one of these podcasts recently:   Here's an article on why:
  14. Bundestagswahl 26th of September 2021

    I helped out with the voting and we were told that if they refused to wear a mask they should have the room to themselves. But actually, in our area where 40% of people voted AfD, nobody refused to put a mask on all day. Only one person came without a mask and they were pleased to see we had some they could use.
  15. You can do the test on or before Day 2, however.