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  1. Taking wife's surname after surrendering nationality

    This might be because the concept of Germanising(?) your first name when you take German citizenship exists. I know a Lilyana who became a Liliane, no problem. So they won't be surprised when seeing it the other way around.
  2. US Citizens travelling to the EU starting 2021

    The question was about what happens at booking time. By the time you reach the airport where the airline will look at your passport/residence/visa status with a fine tooth comb it's too late.
  3. US Citizens travelling to the EU starting 2021

    It's the equivalent of an ESTA. Most airlines will prompt you, as they do with an ESTA,  but you need to be aware that the responsibility of having your paperwork in order *always* lies with you. So if for any reason you get caught out, the airline (or any other travel operator, i.e. cruises) does not have to give you your money back. The airline cannot know your immigration status when you book, so any warnings will be fairly generic.
  4. Need legal advice for my friend

    Thankfully in a "Rechtsstaat" which Germany still is, there is a guiding principle along the lines of "the punishment must be proportional to the crime". 
  5. US to start revoking passports of American expats with tax debts

    As I noted it's not the taxes I am worried about, it's the unnecessarily complicated reporting. Some of it really sounds like the IRS is offended if someone doesn't live in the US. As in "you live abroad; you must be up to no good". Not like "you are a 13 year old with a current account in the UK and a German Sparvertrag with some Sparkasse that your grand dad gave you".
  6. US to start revoking passports of American expats with tax debts

    Is it cheaper than trying to give the passport up by yourself ? Asking for a (my) child. This worldwide taxation bit wouldn't be so bad if you didn't need a professional to deal with the paperwork - this should be simple. Bah.
  7. Protecting Parking spot with Lawyer App?

    Just remember when indulging in your revenge fantasies, two wrongs don't make a right and the law has no time for people taking it into their own hands. I'm amazed at the level of childishness displayed in this thread. Put up a sign, if that doesn't help put up a barrier and then go about your merry way.
  8. Enter rented apartment without tenant's knowledge

    In which country isn't a landlord or their agents allowed to enter a flat to prevent (further) damage to either the flat or its surroundings ? I have to admit it's odd the police was there, but if you told your landlord that you were away for some time, it's not like waiting for your reply would have made much difference as you were unlikely to be around in any sensible time frame.
  9. Nonresident German citizen health insurance

    Indeed. You are trying to avoid a (potentially) multiple thousand Euro bill - even 100 Euro for a taxi would be cheap...
  10. Bescherung

    Wikipedia says it comes from Middle High German 'beschern' meaning "to assign". Originally it was referring to the 6th (St Nikolaus), as this was when German children got their presents.
  11. Children. Smartphone. What age?

    @Krieg There is no mandatory purchase of anything. In theory all pupils can use the computers in the school library, but in reality this is not realistic. The school is not open on weekends, though most council run libraries are open all day Saturday and I see a lot of teenagers in there studying. But I think in this day and age, requiring access to the internet for pupils is not an undue burden. There was no usage of computers/internet for the pupils stipulated in primary school. The teachers did, every class room had a computer and an electronic whiteboard. I have to admit I find electronic textbooks somewhat irritating, but on the other hand they don't get lost or damaged and my daughter doesn't have to carry a 3 kg bag to school every day, and as I am not the one who has to work with them and she doesn't know anything else, it's not something I worry about.
  12. Children. Smartphone. What age?

    I find some of these comments very far removed from reality. My child got a smart phone when she went to secondary school (3 years ago), because every single child in her class had one. Literally *all* outside school communication between the children goes via smart phone (WhatsApp and Instagram). Most of it is along the lines of "Did we have any homework in maths ?" or similar. Or "here's a cute picture of my dog."  I checked. Then there is the hobby WhatsApp group: "Can everyone please remember to bring a black t-shirt next Friday?" etc. It doesn't have to be an IPhone, a cheap and cheerful smart phone around here is less than 100 Euros. Yes it's money, but they last. Limited data and and limited internet at home and it's not worse than regulating TV consumption. Did my daughter get contacted by random guys on SocialMedia ? Yes, once. What happened is, she told me, almost excited that this had actually happened. The phrase used by my child, age 10, was "he's either a pervert or a scammer, can I keep talking to him to figure out which one ?" (No, she wasn't allowed to and I explained to her why.) The kid will be alright, even when I am not around to monitor her, which was the goal all along. But making sure that my child is the odd one out, due to fear of the "big bad internet" ? Not cool. She needs a computer for school, all school books are electronic and a sizeable chunk of her homework. So "no internet" is a no-go anyway. If you as an adult make the conscious choice not to have a smart phone (I know some people who do), that is your decision, but on the other hand I am aware that at age 47 people of my age group won't flinch when I explain to them they have to contact me by text. Of course when that person sits in the US and 10 text messages later we both got a bonus phone bill which wouldn't have happened with WhatsApp, it all starts looking not so clever. And I am not sure how much experiences from 10/15/20 years ago matter. Times move on. At least I am aware that I am old.    
  13. Even after all these years, I still...

    I've never seen a slide rule in my life and I have a PhD in physics. Plenty of logs here. I always figured slide rules were a weird Anglo-Saxon obsession. I did my Abitur 30 year sago, no slides rules then.
  14. Dresden - various general info and advice

    It's not strange. They are not meant to risk their lives. In the end it's just stuff. As soon as you deal with *armed* robbers you call the police and don't play hero. Of course that doesn't exclude the possibility that they were in on it...
  15. Dresden - various general info and advice

    To be fair, they set fire to an electrical distributor nearby which took out the lights and alarm. That's a bit more planning than just a torch and an axe. And then they were fast. In and out in 5 min flat; and they would have know that the security guards will call the police but not intervene themselves, apparently that's standard operating procedure when encountering someone with an axe. I'm going to go with (semi)insider job with that one.
  16. The "why it is difficult to leave" thread

    And BUPA doesn't deal with emergencies. You'll hang around an NHS A&E just like any other plebs. I pay for my healthcare in the UK on occasion because I can't cope with the wait times, but found that most private health care providers in the UK try and stick with the straight forward easy to convert to cash stuff. (And why wouldn't they ?)
  17. bringing homemade oil from india

    Double sigh. Only because you haven't got friends who try and send you nice things with a personal touch, doesn't mean everyone doesn't either. Not that I mind a generic Amazon wrapping and card, but I assure you (as you clearly don't know), it's just not the same.
  18. bringing homemade oil from india

    That wasn't the point. I know you can get Pimms in Germany, but it was meant as a present and was meant to be wrapped in wrapping paper etc.  I'm also aware these regulations change (they seem to have relented a bit), but when I tried none of the usual suspects would ship the stuff. But e.g. Royal Mail still  doesn't ship perfume internationally. The OPs best bet is to through an extra bottle into his suitcase the next time (s)he goes for a home visit.  
  19. bringing homemade oil from india

    I have to admit I'd be amazed if that goes through. Last year  I I tried (unsuccessfully) as a private person to send a bottle of Pimms from the UK to Germany and every company I asked basically said "No liquids", never mind any other issues. I realize *companies* ship liquids all the time, but there seems to be no mechanism for private individuals.
  20. How to separate and maybe divorce

    @El Jeffo No, that's standard operating procedure, even if the parents are both German. Always fun when you have to co-ordinate with your former spouse :-S
  21. How to separate and maybe divorce

    Not to some, clearly :-D
  22. How to separate and maybe divorce

    My child has regularly flown by herself since the age of 6 between the UK and Germany; there is a huge amount of paperwork and passport showing involved when it comes to crossing borders, all mandated by the airlines, who are unlikely to do this for fun and games. It's only for children over the age of 12/14/16 (depends on countries involbed) that the airlines will let up on this. That this won't happen if the kid goes from New York to Washington has no relevance on the case here.
  23. Unconstitutional Visitor Parking in Essen

    And then you find out that they didn't include parking on purpose, in order to encourage people not to have a car :-D (Admittedly I live in London, but this is exactly what happened here - in fact they tore down a previously existing parking structure for a building located directly next to a tube station for this very reason.)
  24. And in hindsight realized the obvious ? Hence her own assertion about being "undiplomatic" in the spirit of this thread.    
  25. By adding two and two together ? (Almost literally. If I see a 35 year old grandmother, I know there's a at least one teenage pregnancy somewhere in there. Whether that's a problem or not is another question, but not something to discuss when admiring a grand child.)