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  1.     It seems to be very dependent on where you live.   In my case, it was about 7 weeks between the meeting where I handed in all required documents, and the Einbürgerung certificate being handed over (which is the exact moment of becoming a citizen).   I think I had a very straightforward application, and maybe I was very lucky, but it shows it is still possible.
  2.   There are about 50 questions on history in the full set of 300, so I guess there are likely to be about 5 in the actual test. There are mostly about the Nazi era, the second world war or the DDR. Many are quite easy, though a few are obscure.   Most of the questions are about the constitution, the law, the electoral system and social issues.
  3. In the Einbürgerungstest, there are 33 questions, selected from a full range of 310. Each question is multiple choice, with 4 possible answers. You need 17 correct to pass.   All 310 are published on the internet, with answers.   In the first test in fraufruit's post above, there is a preponderance of questions about the old DDR, which maybe many immigrants wouldn't be too familiar with. Although there are several such questions in the full list (too many in my view), I think the selection of the 33 requires balance between the different topics, and you wouldn't get so many in a real test.   I agree with swimmer that by eliminating obvious wrong choices and with a reasonable amount of background knowledge, it should be straightforward for most people who understand most of the questions to pass. In particular, many of the questions on social issues, seem to have 3 obvious wrong choices!   This is backed up by statistics: on average 98.4% of candidates pass.
  4.   Interesting point.   I have just completed my naturalisation as the spouse of a German, and I was certainly required to do the Einbürgerungstest.   I think the requirement is possibly a consequence of Section 9 Paragraph (1) 2., which in the original German (though not the English translation) uses the same words (deutschen Lebensverhältnisse) as Section 10 Paragraph (1)7., which relates to the Einbürgerungstest. So in order to ensure that the applicant conforms to deutschen Lebensverhältnisse, it is reasonable that the Einbürgerungstest is required as evidence.   In any case, the Einbürgerungstest is hardly a great challenge.
  5. German returning to BRD after 50 years in UK

    In summary, your tax position assuming that you and your wife are both resident only in Germany for tax purposes, in accordance with the double taxation agreement between the UK and Germany:   UK state pensions are taxed in the UK. UK occupational or personal pensions for which contributions have been paid for more than 15 years are taxed in the UK. Any other UK occupational or personal pensions are taxed in Germany. Rental income and capital gains on a UK property are taxed in the UK. Other worldwide interest and investment income (including UK income) is taxed in Germany. Any income taxed in the UK is subject to Progressionsvorbehalt in Germany. This increases the tax rate on any income taxed in Germany to the rate it would have been had that income been German income.   An advantage if you have income in both countries is that you get the tax-free allowance in both.
  6. I'm currently applying for German citizenship, so I will be dual UK/German.   It seems from the above that the advice when travelling to/from the UK is to use German ID on departure from or arrival in Germany, and British ID on departure from or arrival in the UK.   But which details should be entered on the pre-flight information, which is now required - that of the country you're leaving or that for the country you're entering? I guess it depends on which end uses the data.