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  1. Brexit: The fallout

    If indeed it becomes a No Deal, it could be a number of extra 'incoveniences' that Brits face, as individuals, over and beyond Brexit itself. Will it effect the ability or cost of transferring money?  isn't that something to do with being in SEPA (Single European Payments Area)? could that effect the ability to take out a mortgage in Germany, if funds are not fully sourced in Germany? will it mean full customs checks at borders?  Obviously those with dual nationality will be in a better situation. For those without a status in Germany after the transition period, I assume the lack of a trade deal would have major implications for how far down the pecking order they are for obtaining work visas or for what category British nationals get assigned to when issuing other visas.      
  2. Brexit: The fallout

      So hormone injected beef and antibiotic infested animals are healthy after all? 
  3. Brexit: The fallout

      The Brexiteers told us that these European workers were denying British workers the chance of work. The British workers were not given the chance of proper training. As I said at the time, can't wait for all the new courses on Applied Strawberry Picking Techniques or Advanced Coffee Shop Management Theory.   
  4. Brexit: The fallout

    Boris probably thought that it couldn't be enforced because we are in a Brexit transition year. (Even though  a whole string of Schengen countries have blocked freedom of movement!).  Just wish Boris would have a change of heart and allow UK citizens to keep the same freedoms as other Europeans take for granted. You can see now in Germany how freedom of movement is seen as part of everyone's way of life.   Probably would be blocked anyway by the hardline nutters he has appointed to cabinet eg Raab, Rees-Mogg and Priti Patel, to name but some. 
  5. "Please call me by my first name"

    I've noticed that in the entertainments, arts, music  world, first names and 'dutzen' is pretty much universal in Germany, but what sounds strange, is that on TV chat shows, its Herr or Frau.  Its not as if TV chat shows come into the formal business meeting category, but as the name implies, are set up for informal chat.      
  6. Your Identification Please?

    Thanks Bramble. I was half expecting someone might mention the becoming a German option, but that's another 3-4 years away, if I decide to go down that route.  In the meantime, maybe the photocopy option is the best. Just thinking that with social distancing rules in force, the Polizei will have more reason to do spot checks.   
  7. Your Identification Please?

    As a Brit inside Germany, I've managed, up to now, using my German Fuhrerschein as ID.  I know it probably doesn't strictly meet the full ID requirement, but the British passport is very unhandy for carrying around. It either goes in your back pocket (perfect for pickpockets) or in a jacket, which means you have to take the jacket everywhere. And basically losing my passport would be a far greater catastrophy, especially in Brexit times, than any possible difficulties with the Polizei.    I could wait to see if the next British passport comes in a manageable size, but are there other alternatives which would satisfy just routine on the spot checks? Obvioulsy, if I know I'm going to need full ID, such as opening a bank account etc., I will use the passport, but not 24/7.    
  8. "Please call me by my first name"

      I notice you are Dutch, and having worked in Holland I found it about 50-50 there. There were some in authority who insisted on first names, because I think they found it insulting to suggest they had to hide behind a 'false' formality to impose their authority. However, just calling the surname, without a Mr Ms etc, is also widespread in the business world. You often saw that amongst journalists as well.       
  9. "Please call me by my first name"

    Just reviving this topic, coming from the UK I'm quite easy with the Germans use of surnames for business relationships. It always puzzles me why Anglo-saxons seem so uncomfortable with using surnames. It started in America and is now almost universal in the UK to use Christian names, even when talking on a strictly business basis. When in the UK, I get letters from retail stores,  BT or even banks addressing me Dear Alex or even Hi Alex. Or when I was on the phone to the bank I get bank employees introducing themselves as Tony or Jacky, which must make it complicated trying to trace someone.    I really don't have a problem with business dealings being formal. The Germans want their insurance broker or bank assistant to carry out their business transaction efficiently, and not to be their mates.  Being formal actually shows greater respect for the customer . It shows greater professionalism which should reinforce the confidence the customer has. I presume the AngloSaxon logic is that if they are on first name terms it makes them more likeable which increases their chances of getting a better deal.    Obviously lots of business relationships in Germany work fine on first name terms, but I guess that these are mainly where they have been built up over a period of time.  I don't feel any need to alter the usual German Umgangsformen to a more  AngloSaxon way when I am doing business.     
  10. Brexit: The fallout

    Would be great if it can be accepted, but I fear it has alot of hurdles to pass.  Can't see the present incumbents in Downing Street being of much help. 
  11. Coronachat - vents, whines, flummoxes & miscellaneous

      It is noticeable that there are rather less litter bins in Germany than back in the UK. Can be annoying waiting to find one, not that I am (hardly) ever tempted to be a litter bug.  Just proves that if people are properly taught in the first place, society doesn't have to pick up the tab later. (must be a scientific theory to back that up).   
  12. Entering Germany during the restrictions

      Thanks Bramble. Yes, at the moment enquiring direct with the Bundespoliizei sounds good advice, or indeed the Einmeldeamt or Auslanderbehorde ought to know how their regualtions are being applied.  I can't believe though that in "normal" times, you need to check with the authorities each time you plan leaving the country. I'm in and out of Germany maybe 5 times a year. You'd have thought there was some standard written down about when your last Meldebescheinigung should date from. After all, we're in Germany, written constitution etc., where everything is precisely formulated. Say its for one year, Ok, pretty onerous, but at least we know where we stand. Just like you know when your passport, Aufenthaltsgenehmigung, Fuhrerschein, OPNV Abo etc expire.  For many Brits, the Brexit debacle creates another layer of uncertainty, though that's not Germany's fault .  Anyway, I'm not planning to leave the country for the forseeable future, but there may always be an emergency  (attending a funeral etc)   
  13. Entering Germany during the restrictions

      Ok thanks for pointing the difference out. I must admit I wasn't aware of the difference between an Anmeldebestatigung and Einmeldebescheinigung (and bet I'm not the first!).  So if its the Einmeldebescheinigung that you can be asked to produce by the Bundespolizei, does that mean you have to apply for one of these each time you leave the country? Or try and second guess what kind of timescale you need since the last one? It all seems a bit random. You would have thought there would be a standard timescale beyond which a new Einmeldebescheinigung would be required.    
  14. Entering Germany during the restrictions

      I can fully understand where Bundespolizei want to establish who someone is, and an Einmeldebestatigung doesn't help much there, but that is another issue.  However, I'd find it completly unreasonable to bar someone's entry to D if they could  establish their identity and they had an Einmeldebestatigung. If there is a definite end date to the validity, that needs to be stated somewhere. Otherwise, its just a random number dreamed up by the Beamte. Not very German.   If it happened at an airport, presumably they'd be forcing someone to fly back to where they came from and re-apply from overseas.     Would be most interested to hear from anyone on this Forum, German or otherwise, who goes backwards and forwards to the Einmeldeamt every 3,6 or 12 months to get their Einmeldebestatigung updated.     
  15. Entering Germany during the restrictions

      I've googled around this topic and can't find anything saying the authorities can require an updated Anmeldebestatigung where someone is still living at the same address.  That some Beamte at passport control could demand one sounds very dubious. Would suggest they are just trying it on. Boils down to what kind of mood he/she is in, or whether his football team lost at the weekend! 
  16. Entering Germany during the restrictions

      The future situation for those travelling to or from Germany to the UK is as much dependant on the travel restrictions in France, Belgian and the Netherlands. i.e for those travelling by road.  If you are driving from Calais you can be stopped at any one of 4 border controls.   From my experience the French is the most stringent. You have to download a form in advance and state your purpose for travelling in France. Interesting that one of the 4 options doesn't include travelling onwards to another country. I got the impression that even the slightest omission would be enough to get you sent back. They even checked my ownership of the car, despite having my Hamburg Einmeldebestatigung and Hamburg number plates. Speaking to the French Embassy in London in advance, their suggestion was to fly direct to Germany (a non-starter for me having to rely on public transport in a Corona crisis, not to mention going thro Heathrow).   A ferry from Harwich to Hoek van Holland also doesn't seem like a good idea in a Corona pandemic.  8 hours on board trying to avoid other passengers and the track record of cruise ships in this pandemic isn't a great one.    Last I heard, the French were talking about extending their travel restrictions until end October. That and Brexit just to complicate everything further.  As the Boyscouts motto said, Be Prepared.      
  17. Entering Germany during the restrictions

      An updated Anmeldebestatigung. Really? Never heard of such. My Hamburger Amt never mentioned any such thing. Only to 'abmelde' if I move back to the UK, or anywhere else in Germany.  Given the current situation, it would need to be an emergency situation to leave Germany right now, but possible (attend funeral etc.). You'd hope the Bundespolizei wouldn't deny me re-entry on the basis that my Einmeldebestatigung was from several years ago. Mind you, Brexit doesn't help matters.  
  18. Coronavirus

    Something needs to be done to control the open Wochenmarkten. Here in Hamburg there are people, especially it seems, market workers, scurrying backards and forwards. Virtually non existant social distancing measures. The problem is partly because there are too many stalls crammed in. Presumably each stallholder thinks they have valid essential foodstuffs, which is probably true, but overall its very unsafe. The Council need to step in and reduce stalls by ca. 25% or do what I heard several Dutch councils doing, closing them down altogether. Maybe they are afraid of the stallholders lobby. 
  19. Coronavirus

      Agreed. The EU will not fall apart for 2 main reasons. Business, especially German business,  will be desparate to keep goods flowing across the internal market, and freedom of movement is now a way of life for Europeans.   
  20. Coronavirus

      All reasons I'm grateful to be living in Germany, especially the higher numbers of ICU beds/ventilators.  Doesn't mean to say we should be getting slack with social distancing though. 
  21. Coronavirus

    That 0.37% death rate is just an average figure. If you are a bloke it will be higher, if you are above a certain age it will be higher, if you have underlying health issues it will be higher and if you live in certain areas it will be higher. 
  22. Coronavirus

    There is a logic to say face masks are ineffective when you know there are nowhere enough to go around the population.  
  23. Coronavirus

    I don't know how much everyone has been glued to the TV watching German politicians either at Press conferences or in chat shows, but  I can't help being impressed with the organised, professional way they are coming across in the current crisis. I can't imagine a coalition in the UK comprising Johnson and Corbyn coming across in such a co-ordinated way. Listening to Marcus Soder and Scholz in the same Conference you'd think they were in the same party. I don't think I've heard anyone trying to score political points.    In contrast, although Johnson has cut out alot of the witty one liners in the last couple of months, he's still thinks bluffing his way through with rhetoric and pointing to the great British this or that is what will count. Much as he did with the Brexit debate. The new British Chancellor was also full of yah boo political rhetoric in his first speech.   To be honest, the most important people to listen to now, here or in the UK are the health experts. and to be fair to Johnson, he has allowed them alot of prominence.   However, I still have more confidence in how the German politicians at federal and state level are dealing with this, though its important to remember, its still early days, and none of us knows how it will finish.   
  24. Coronavirus

    I've never known a politician to do 180 degree policy turns at the rate that this bloke does. It probably depends on which side of bed he stepped out of. 
  25. Coronavirus

    I like the Dutch, having spent 6 years in Holland,  but if there's one nation that don't follow rules its them. Famous joke Dutch army seargent telling men to lay still in undergrowth for 3 hours without moving, and being told they thought of a better idea. (won't run thro complete joke involving British and Germans).    That's why I'd be pleasantly amazed if they are disciplined enough to get social distancing to work.    BTW Calvinist Holland is now a minority if you throw in the more liberal populations of the big cities, as well as the Catholic population of Noord Brabant and Limburg.