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  1. Bathroom refurbishing (DIY)

    in Dresden I have paid 50 EUR to have an Entsorgungsbetrieb deliver a 2 cubic meter container and later take it away, then paid them another 25 EUR per cubic meter for "Bauschutt - sauber" that I put in the container, plus UmSt.   
  2. Dear Toytowners,   I am looking for current advice on options for storage of forbidden electronic devices and "large" bags in the area of the Clayallee U.S. consulate.  Recent experiences would be appreciated.    If appropriate, I would also welcome redirection to another thread with this info.  Thanks.     I know about the consulate security procedures posted here:   What I don't know about is a place more convenient than Berlin Hbf for storage.
  3. Berlin U.S. consulate entry, security procedures

    Update:  visited Clayallee consulate this week.  Arrived with only a cell phone as the forbidden electronics.  Was allowed by the Pond Security guys running the screening booth to leave cell phone in day pack, and day pack was left at screening booth and I was given a claim-check numbered token.  Upon exit of consulate, gave my claim-check token back and got my day pack returned.   I point this out because although the day pack is clearly large enough that a laptop or tablet might have been in it, I didn't bring such a device.  A fellow American citizen in the waiting room described that she HAD brought a laptop with her and had been directed by the screening staff to a nearby hotel where for a fee of 5 EUR they held her laptop.  I don't know which hotel, but I imagine maybe it was Apartment Hotel Dahlem.   p.s.: at Trattoria Toscana (146 Clayallee) I had a delicious thin crust pizza for 7 EUR plenty big enough for two people. Also got 4 slices of bread and a bunch of olives. With drinks and tip it was 18 EUR.  Not bad for a Berlin sit-down.
  4. Berlin U.S. consulate entry, security procedures

      anyone know if this is still the case?  (I presume HH_Sailor was referring to the branch of Wiener Conditorei at Clayallee 175)   Or if any other business near the U.S. offices takes luggage/bags for an hour or two? 
  5. @itsthejib   You're "leaving Germany" and "will probably deregister" and you are "wondering what ... happens".      I think leaving Germany or deregistering will end your chances at citizenship.    I also would not be surprised if after the long delay (even though not your fault) the Amt asks for updates on things like income and insurance, which will necessarily again add more time to the process.    Good luck.
  6. Looking to find a friend in Berlin last seen 1972

      in Privatschutz-happy Germany this is a thing?  I thought you could get in trouble for that sort of thing...     Eine Krankenhaus-Angestellte soll Dutzende Adressen von Zielpersonen aus rechten Kreisen illegal abgerufen und an radikale Linke weitergegeben haben. Ermittler vermuten, dass die Abfragen mehrere brutale Angriffe ermöglichten. In zwei Fällen führt die Spur zur in Dresden angeklagten Lina E..
  7. Buying a house without realtor

      that is a super good point.  German banks and their Tilgung...   When I had student loans and mortgages in the U.S. the lenders had no trouble with "overpayment" that reduced the principal.  Germans want you to stick to the schedule and won't let you pay off the loan early.  So it is important to see what percentage of "overpayment" they will allow per year.
  8. claiming children as dependents or not?

      I made my earlier comment (above) without having read the article, just responding to the concept.  I have now read the article.  And with the caveat that I am not a tax or immigration lawyer or CPA, that article strikes me as bat stuff crazy.
  9. claiming children as dependents or not?

    Did someone ask for an opinion?  I am always happy to share an opinion...   It's probably true that if you live somewhere like Germany and are filing your returns with the IRS that you probably don't wind up needing to pay much to the U.S. in taxes anyway and so it's probably not a big tax benefit to claim your U.S. citizen children on your U.S. tax return.   But, the idea of not claiming them so that they are not "exposed" to the IRS sounds bizarre to me.  Are they not planning to be Americans?  Get used to the IRS.  Yes, the U.S. wants to tax their global income.  Yes, they will need to file tax returns someday just like you need to now.  But not getting them a social security number and not claiming them on your tax return isn't going to change the fact that in the future if they want to be law abiding people they will need to file tax returns.    Also, if you do not claim your children on your U.S. tax return, when the U.S. government starts handing out free money - as was the case 3 times in the last 18 months - they won't get any. 
  10. American-German Dual Citizenship for Child

      unless there is some reason why your children did not acquire U.S. citizenship at birth (e.g. perhaps you did not live in the U.S. long enough to pass on your U.S. citizenship?), then the Standesamt (or whoever) is wrong.  Generally, children of U.S. citizens acquire U.S. citizenship at birth and are eligible to be president.  (e.g. Ted Cruz, born in Canada)   The Consular Report of Birth Abroad is not a granting of citizenship, it is a recognition of what already happened at birth. 
  11. Disturbance by neighbours animals

    I agree with Techsmex, keep the Behorde out of it.  Regardless of what the rules might be, the best way to get quiet is with the neighbor's cooperation.  And there's really no room to compromise, either the noisemaker goes or the noise continues.  I suggest familiarizing yourself with local rules on noise and animals before talking to the neighbor.  But there's no way around it,  you need to talk to the neighbor.  
  12. What's the issue with dual nationality?

      like I said, I, didn't bring politics into this thread...   but something to keep in mind, the electorate is pretty evenly split.    if one counts the FDP as on the "right" and the Greens as on the "left", the "right" got just a tiny smidgeon more votes (CDU + FDP + AFD = 45,9%) than the "left" (SPD + Linke + Greens = 45.4%).      don't let SPD exceeding the CDU lead to an assumption viewpoints of the middle-left are more widely accepted than those of the middle-right   
  13. TV via the Internet as an alternative to satellite

    maybe Kim Dotcom will come to the rescue someday with a free-to-use solution...
  14. What's the issue with dual nationality?

      um, I, didn't bring politics into this thread...  but if the something is anything other than the CDU or FDP (super unlikely) then get ready to open your pocket books and start learning Russian and/or Chinese...
  15. Wohngeld spiralling out of control

      it surprises me to hear that such situations might give back the extra at the end of the year.  There isn't a reserve built up to help with eventual big capital outlays, like a new roof?  Or fire-suppression sprinklers?  etc.  
  16. Ausbildung als Erzieher/in - anyone done this?!

      See also   Alex: A kindergarten teacher that grew up in the little state of Rhode Island, USA.
  17. What will my US car need for TÜV?

      as soon as I saw "2011" I thought shipping it was not the best choice.   
  18. Digital Impfpass, Vaccinated in USA

    German pharmacists shouldn't have a problem with CDC cards that say the vaccine was administered in Germany, i.e..U.S. posts in Wiesbaden or Ramstein.
  19. Advice On Inheritance and ethics of a German Notar

      Just fire him.  I'm not sure if the appropriate profession for this task was a Notar or a Rechtsanwalt.  But in any case, if you don't like your service provider, hire another and order the current guy to send all the files to your new service provider.   
  20. Digital Impfpass, Vaccinated in USA

      Indeed, the EU regulation is written such that the EU Digital COVID Certificate is designed to confirm vaccination in the country issuing the certificate.  Which makes some sense, but not all sense.  But sense doesn't matter - that's how it is written.    Council Regulation (EC) 2021/953 on a framework of interoperable vaccination certificates (EU Digital COVID Certificate)   Article 3, the EU framework is to provide for interoperability of  Sec. 1(a) "a certificate confirming the holder has received COVID-19 in the Member State issuing the certificate"   If someone got a vaccination at a U.S. base that is in Germany, then they did indeed get vaccinated "in the Member State".  But if someone got vaccinated in California, they did not.   but compare Sec. 1(a) to Article 3, Sec. 1(b) (regarding tests) and 1(c) (regarding recovery from disease) - which don't mention anything about either the test or the recovery confirmation having to be in the member state.     compare also to Article 5, Sec. 1 "Each Member State shall ... issue the vaccination certificate referred to in point (a) Article 3(1) to persons to whom COVID-19 vaccine has been administered."    This article arguably includes the bit about the vaccine was administered in the Member State by referencing Art. 3, Sec. 1(a); but isn't clear.    It seems the spirit of the EU regulation is that vaccine certificates be issued to provide for freedom of movement, and that Member States recognize the certificates of other Member States.    I'm not an EU law specialist or a Rechtsanwalt, but one way to read this regulation is someone receiving dose 1 of a COVID vaccine in the Netherlands and dose 2 of the vaccine in Germany would have to go to a Dutch authority for one certificate and to a German authority for the other certificate.    In my opinion it is within the spirit of the regulation for a German Apotheke to recognize a CDC card from California, but perhaps not within the letter of the EU regulation.  More important to an Apotheke is what the relevant German regulations say and what any guidance from the Apothekekammer says.    But I suspect if you go to enough Apotheken you will eventually get somebody that issues you an EU Digital COVID Certificate.
  21. Digital Impfpass, Vaccinated in USA

    maybe the pharmacist is wrong?  I suggest you look up the regulations on the EU Impfpass, I'm sure there's a whole book somebody in Brussels wrote about it.  Perhaps the rule isn't what the pharmacist thinks it is. 
  22. Recognition of divorce

    Get specifics from Standesamt about what they want.  Did the person understand that while the marriage was in country A the divorce was in country B?  Maybe there is a statute from country A that clarifies how country A treats dissolution of country A marriages in country B?  Perhaps a copy of the country B divorce and a copy of the country A statute might satisfy the Standesamt.    And if you don't like the Standesamt in Berlin, you needn't go as far as Denmark -- just find another town with a pretty location and see if that Standesamt is more helpful. 
  23. Travel to the US and back.

      traveled to Newark from Frankfurt on mid-August 2021.  Flew United from Frankfurt, but checked in with Lufthansa at a connecting German airport.  Tickets purchased from United.   Nobody ever asked for or about attestation form.   Marriage certificate for German spouse was necessary at check in.  When attempted to check in online the afternoon before travel, German spouse could not check in - scarily the website had a pop-up error message saying "Passengers arriving from Germany are not allowed to enter and Transit. ... Visa required Except for passengers with a Boarding Foil issued by the USA."   !!   What  !!  However, at check in desk all that was required was ESTA and a copy of marriage certificate.  Marriage certificate was not reviewed, LH staff were satisfied they had seen a document that looked like it might be a marriage certificate.    At U.S. passport control in Newark after German spouse was presented at booth, photographed and fingerprinted, German spouse was then directed to another room where German spouse waited 45 minutes to show another CBP officer the marriage certificate.  That was it, no questions, no interview.  (Couldn't the guy at the booth have looked at the certificate himself?)
  24. Travel to the US and back.

    Update.  Traveled Washington Dulles to Frankfurt on September 4, 2021 via United Airlines.  Did Germany's Einreiseanmeldung online on September 3, uploading my EU vaccination certificate to the RKI afterwards.  Later, on Sept. 6 my local health authority sent me an email saying it had reviewed my details and I was not required to quarantine.  I also used United's "Travel Ready Center" and uploaded to United the Einreiseanmeldung and also the EU vaccination certificate.  This gave me a green "Travel Ready" note in the United "Travel Ready Center" online, but had no practical effect otherwise.  United's website still did not let me check in online, saying my documents had to be reviewed at the airport.  At check in, I just showed my passport like usual and was given a boarding pass.  No other document check.  BUT at the gate there were public address announcements made that even if we had a boarding pass we had to show our Einreiseanmeldung and also either vaccination or test document at the gate desk and get a rubber stamp from the gate desk on our boarding pass.  At the gate desk I noted to the gate agent that I had used the "Travel Ready Center" and the gate agent said "I'm sure you did, but we still have to do this".  The gate agent did not review the documents I showed to confirm any of the data on them, was satisfied with me showing I had a document that looked like Einreiseanmeldung and a vaccination certificate.  Upon arrival in Frankfurt the German Passport control did not inquire about the Covid documents.
  25. Lawyer for inheritance advice, prices?

      I think 300 per hour is a reasonable rate, 380 is pushing things but is not crazy.   You can likely find a lower rate.    You also can propose a lower rate and see how they react, OR you can propose a flat fee rather than hourly billing. Usually European lawyers love flat fee billing.  Flat fees have pros and cons, but one pro is generally you know how much you are in for.   It's all negotiable, though could be the lawyer won't be interested in negotiating.