Chris Marston

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About Chris Marston

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  • Location Münster
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  1. Politics Gen XYZ

    To be fair, one could also make a similar caricature of the EU-UK relationship at the moment. The EU is playing tough in the withdrawal negotiations.
  2. Moving out - how much do I need to renovate?

    There are plenty of Mietvereine in Germany where you can get legal advice for fair membership fee. The renovation you have to do depends to some extent on your Mietvertrag and your Wohnungsübergabeprotokoll. To my knowledge, if your Mietvertrag states that walls have to be painted every five years and you lived there for less than five years (as you did) then you are not legally obliged to paint the walls. The last time I moved, I still painted the whole flat out of courtesy because I did not want to have stress with my landlord. If I were you, I would join a Mietverein as there you can receive counsel from specialist lawyers.
  3. Vitamin D in the milk

    While vitamin D appears important, it is also vital to look into other vitamins such as B12. Michael Greger has some helpful conservative recommendations at https://nutritionfacts.org/2011/09/12/dr-gregers-2011-optimum-nutrition-recommendations/ .   @Kwashi13 If you drink soy milk make sure it is fortified with vitamin D and vitamin B12.
  4. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    I know. I am way passed three years but we did not rush to marry. We will see whether this will eventually mean that I cannot have my cake if a machismo PM takes the UK out of the EU on 31 Oct. 2019. I always tell myself: "Keep calm and drink tea" but House of Cards 3.0 is too exciting.
  5. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    I am, in fact, a civil servant for NRW. As a teacher with Beamtenstatus, German wife and kid, I feel fairly well integrated. What I don't have is the spare time at my hand to do volunteer work on top of family and teaching.   I want my cake (dual citizenship) and eat it.
  6. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    This is what I personally find ridiculous. As if the Germans-by-birth are all volunteering so much for that to be a good measure of integration. I guess having an active social life with German friends doesn't qualify if not taking place within the "Vereinswesen". I presume working as a civil servant is also officially not a sign of successful integration. How idiotic. (Sorry, I had to rant.)    
  7. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    Was anyone here successful with less than 8 years residency in Germany? According to this website, even 6 years could be sufficient if, for example, one's German language skills are good enough. I don't know why my case worker was so adamant that I do not qualify despite C2 and intermittent residence of more than 7 years?
  8. Brexit: The fallout

    I wonder how he assigns the probabilities.
  9. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    I know. But then, who knows?   I am fairly relaxed because I also have an Irish citizenship application on the go. Better safe than sorry. I just wish all this bureaucratic paperwork would not take up so much time.
  10. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    Unfortunately, I have been advised not to apply if I do not want to give up my British citizenship. The case worker told me that the material conditions are not yet given because the two years of marriage are only going to be "completed" in November. So, I will have to wait and hope for another extension of article 50.   @dstanners Congrats!
  11. Brexit: The fallout

    Why would Jeremy make Johnson look like a genius? You lost me.
  12. Climate change discussion

    I always thought it's the livestock industry. Hm.
  13. Brexit: The fallout

    The 1% are not bound by national borders and direct their assets where the profit opportunities (adjusted for risk) appear most promising. This is not directly related to the financial crisis or Brexit.
  14. Brexit: The fallout

    Oh, come on. Don't be so generally dismissive of the political class. It's too simplistic. I quite fancy the idea that "the people" get "the (rotten or otherwise) politicians" that they deserve. But hey, that is too simplistic too. After all, I pride myself of not falling for simplistic messages a la corporate Brexit party.
  15. Brexit: The fallout

    Spot the difference ... Corbyn wears no tie. Ever so radical.