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  1. BREXIT positives and negatives

      The Daily Express won't care.  It did its job and probably sold them a few extra copies. 
  2. BREXIT positives and negatives

      The 'type of Brexit' the Tories delivered was a Hard Brexit, by seeking to distance themselves as much as possible from anything containing the word (Euro)pean in it. Specifically, they rejected any kind of compromise through seeking membership of the Single Market or Customs Union.  Their strategy for dealing with Brexit  wouldn't have been so bad if they hadn't tried to destroy as much of the existing trading network and cultural links as they could.  Its up to the other parties in the UK to properly address that, but its not what I'm seeing (aside from the SNP)
  3. BREXIT positives and negatives

      Obviously, many of the deep-seated problems of the UK economy go back many years before Brexit. Covid and the Ukraine war have also had their impact, which indeed most other countries have also felt. However, it doesn't help pretending Brexit is irrelevant to all of this. I haven't heard of any organisations representing UK business, large or small,  with a good word for how its going. With the new redtape and bureaucracy, as well as the extra tarrifs imposed through Brexit, common sense tells you it will hit trade and business. And unsurprisingly there has been a sharp decline in UK exports. Rejoining even the Single Market /Customs Union won't cure all the earlier UK economic  problems, but it will be a major step in redressing the latest ones. There is now a clear majority in the UK who think leaving the EU was a mistake. Even about a quarter of Brexit voters think so.   If Labour won't face up to that, then they are little better than the Tories. 
  4. BREXIT positives and negatives

    This bloke is starting to look more and more pathetic. He set up his Ministry of Brexit Opportunities, and then asked Sun readers to write in with examples of Brexit success stories. That doesn't look like it was a resounding success, so now he's trying to blame Remainers for making Brexit a dismal failure. Does he really believe that his Bill scrapping remaining bits of EU derived law will do anything to help businesses and farmers trying to export into the Single Market  post-Brexit, or help the NHS trying to recruit staff? The bloke is more interested in implementing his insular ideological doctrine than in helping anyone in the real economy.   
  5. BREXIT positives and negatives

      That and holding tight until (they hope) Trump or similar gets re-elected, which would help ease through a UK-US trade deal.  However, that would probably only offer them too little, too late.   What Labour and the other opposition parties need to do, is to get their collective fingers out and start spelling out the link between the downturn in the UK economy and Brexit. It looks like they are still running scared of their so-called Red Wall of Brexit supporters, but that must be an ever-diminishing number now.  When I listen to the problems the NHS is going through, the ambulance drivers, doctors and nurses, its obvious they are struggling because of the EU staff they have lost due to Brexit. What's stopping Labour making that simple connection and then acting upon it in terms of their stance on freedom of movement?
  6. Is Prince Harry revolting?

    Yes. In Germany as well, but can't imagine TV presenters here getting constantly in the national headlines. 
  7. Is Prince Harry revolting?

    What is it about the UK that the news is constantly full of what celebrities do?  Who said what to whom. Who cares. I can half understand where it might have implications for the monarchy but what Jeremy Clarkson or Piers Morgan thinks. Is that important?  . 
  8.   Presumably based on the current taxation regimes. That may not always be the case, but there is little prospect of it changing for the forseeable future. 
  9. Panda thank you. I think you've covered just about every permutation from the taxation of pensions perspective (and a few I didn't think of).  Just to be clear.  You seem to differentiate between UK government service pensions, and       So a UK national living in Germany with the UK "State Pension" and a UK Governmental service pension, would be unaffected in the first case by Dual Nationality, but would fall under German income tax in the case of their Governmental service pension should they take out Dual Nationality. 
  10. Thank you Panda.   Its good to know that dual nationality wouldn't mean getting taxed twice, though for a single person, it seems like the income tax burden in Germany would be substantially greater than in the UK.  We are talking about 99.99% of total income being in the form of UK governmental pensions, so the 'other income' and 'Progressionsvorbehalt' you refer to, wouldn't be applicable in this case.     Though rather an academic point, would having German dual nationality in the UK (sadly we have to assume outside the EU), mean UK income was taxable in Germany? 
  11. Thanks Kiplette I suppose the good news is that it doesn't get taxed twice. Then it must boil down to which of the 2 tax regimes offers the better deal! Which could change over time.   Also need to consider the implications of living back in the UK with German nationality. Probably needs a tax expert to go over with a fine toothcomb. 
  12. With this new draft law widening the scope for Dual Nationality, what would the taxation implications be for UK pensioners should they apply for German nationality? In the case of those who retired with UK civil service pensions, before moving to and never worlking in Germany,  there is the Germany-UK Double Taxation Treaty, where currently, the UK derived income is taxed entirely by the UK, although it has to be declared here to the Finanzamt.  Would taking on German nationality, mean all the income, even where 100% UK derived, is also taxable in Germany? So in effect being taxed twice. 
  13. BREXIT positives and negatives

    It would look rather pathetic if any Brexit-minded politicians wanted to make political capital out of this against the European Parliament. You will find dodgy dealings from employees or members in any large institution from time to time. The important thing is that when discovered appropriate action is taken, so its good to see that this Vice-President has been suspoended and Belgian authorities have come down hard on the case. Especially ironic if any of Boris' entourage or fans want to point the finger given his antics whilst in office.
  14. Speaking German like a Native

      A basic difficulty for native English speakers is pronounciation of the letter 'R' which is a natural giveaway to someone's ethnic roots. It is alot more guttural in German, as it is in Dutch and indeed in many other European languages. The Scottish 'R' is actually not dissimilar to the German R. 
  15. Speaking German like a Native

    I spoke fluent Dutch before I arrived in Germany and found that a help and a hindrance. Firstly, Dutch is a Germanic language so there are equivalents for a lot of words and if you don't know, you can guess and maybe 70% of your attempts would be right. The other 30% just accept as failed attempts. It tends to work a lot easier in northern Germany, with plattdeutsch not dissimilar. In the West some of pronunciations remind me of Dutch.  Southern Germany is a different ball game. The further south you get, the more difficult it gets. Schwabisch, and all the variations of Baierisch. The dialect in Osterreich is a real strain. My favourite German club Borussia MG, had an Austrian trainer and I could only pick up about half of what he was saying. I think he spoke even faster when they lost.