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  1.   It's legal as long as the owner of the building/flat owns at most 49 / less than 50 apartments - at more than that it's treated as a generic business which may not discriminate against customers. This is why: 1) the largest single-building "Mietskasernen" designs are quite often 48-apartment-sized (or come in numbers adding up to that - 4x12/3x16/2x24...) so that a single person could own them (and their own apartment) and not have it treated as a business and 2) it is often a whole lot easier to get an apartment with one of the local housing companies - such as GGH in HD - since they're used to handling it as a business. Beyond the discrimination thing it's also a tax and incorporation issue of course.  
  2.   Mannheim/Ludwigshafen sees one-third more ships than Strasbourg/Kehl (16 million tons vs 12 million tons cargo).
  3.   And that's exactly why the Kurpfälzer call the Badenser "Gelwfiessler" - "Yellowfeet" - to this day. For the color of the gaiters that Badish soldiers wore when in Napoleon's service. If they want to be polite. "Badenser" is considered a worse insult.   The occupation for those 214 years is also the reason why Mannheim has that many city-owned public establishments - university hospital, Nationaltheater, originally also its university - that in other places regularly would be state-owned and -operated.   There's an ongoing effort the last couple years to have the Metropolitan Region Rhine-Neckar considered equivalent to a Bundesland at EU level btw.
  4. ... why is it only open for four hours today?
  5. Good elections Germans!!

    Competitive? There's exactly one outcome that's possible unless "the establishment" performs far better than predicted.
  6. Living in Altlußheim

    Website says they're moving to Neustadt since their lease was not extended. Facebook says they reopened there late August.
  7. Is banking expensive in Germany?

      Postbank charges you six bucks per year for a second EC card for the same account (for shared household accounts and such).
  8. Living in Altlußheim

      Interns: only if they can prove that it is a Pflichtpraktikum for university; students: any from any state or private university or college in Germany (note: this is not the student semester ticket for local students, but the (far pricier) ticket for people "in education" - and as OP noted it is not available online).   If your internship lasts longer (a couple months) and you want to go beyond just the area between Altlußheim and Walldorf and you are comfortable with and knowledgeable about typical German book-and-actively-cancel otherwise-self-renewing contract situations you might want to look at their Maxx-Ticket too; has the same requirements, for "people in education". If one cancels it before the end of the first year they retroactively price it as equivalent to PS3 monthly tickets for the months used though, which for most will come out somewhat cheaper. And that one unlike the other one can only be ordered online.
  9.   Actually step one is getting a lawyer who sues for paternity since her AE depends on that - and (step two) on that lawyer afterwards coercing the ABH into giving her a Fiktionsbescheinigung until the birth. Step two since legally, pregnancy on its own - whether the other parent is german or not - is not sufficient for an extension on its own.  
  10. Homeopathy and physics

      More precisely the company would not patent that pineapple but instead the way it extracts that chemical agent from the pineapple.
  11.   Depends on the state. In Bavaria for example cell phone usage is not allowed for students on school premises in general at state level since 2006. In Hamburg law (explicitly) leaves regulating it to individual schools and also (explicitly) permits confiscating such items brought by students.
  12. Quick look at companies offering that kind of exploitation... err, job unanimously says you can only apply for a visum for FSJ/BFD from your home country unless you have an Aufenthaltstitel running throughout the course of the FSJ/BFD that explicitly allows you to work (your language-course-based won't).  
  13.   Since this part wasn't answered back in March:   The Rentenpunktwert, the worth of each point you're making in their tables, is only tied to inflation or economic development in a complicated formula that mostly follows the development of available income from the general population over the last three years.   The longterm result of that formula is that the actual payout relative to what an average income employed person would earn at the same point in time is being gradually lowered over time with demographics shifting towards pensioners. It is currently estimated that this year the average pension would be 47.9% of the average income; by 2024 this is projected to sink to 46.4% and by 2029 to 45.0%. These projections assume - roughly - an annual pension increase by more than 2%, i.e. the upper boundary they give you. Should this degression progress too strongly - below 46% by 2020 or below 43% by 2030 - the government has to adapt the model, e.g. by infusing tax money or raising the pension insurance percentage.   The problem for us people in our 30s is that this is all only set out until 2030 - and it's more a political than a mathematical problem, with mostly the CDU refusing to even talk about post-2030. The "much fewer employed" are a bit hype btw. Taking into account the above pension ratio degression then with even the outdated - pessimistic - demographic prognoses the degression is based on we'd only have to lower the pension ratio to about 42.6% by 2050 - or in other words we could smooth out the degression past 2029 without a problem. By more recent demographic prognoses we can likely even keep the pension ratio identical on 2029 levels without problems.  
  14.   Which seems to be a Stuttgart specialty then. It's pretty standard to include them over here, at least if the apartment has its own heating system and requires a certain primary fossil fuel (usually gas) from a tied provider.  
  15. Ausbildung or Berufschule past 21

      Nothing to do with the company or the field. To be accredited to actually have apprentices companies get requirements in every which way prescribed. A company's simply not gonna get a prospective apprentice past IHK with only B1. Not that it sounds like she actually has a company who'd take her on otherwise though.   However, and now to get to the nitty gritty: There is no apprenticeship route to the job "Web Designer". It's not a IHK-defined job description, and as job training only offered by for-profit education centers. They'll give you some random worthless certificate for a couple thousand bucks and two years of your life.   The acknowledged IHK-designed and -approved Ausbildung in the same direction is "Mediengestalter/in Digital und Print". Note also that this is not an IT Ausbildung, it's the design/creative side where you later usually work for advertising companies and such. There are exactly five IT Ausbildungen in Germany: Informatikkaufmann (IT organization), IT-Systemkaufmann (IT sales), Fachinformatiker Systemintegration (hardware), Fachinformatiker Anwendungsentwicklung (software), IT-Systemelektroniker (...cabling).   99% of web designers in Germany are either failed comp sci students or artists who learned some simple programming. It's also like 99% end up either unemployed or as a Kleinunternehmer topping up with ALG2. And it seems like 99% are in Berlin...