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  1. Going to France (from Germany)

      Pretty sure they don't on the roads (and the corona restrictions are gone). But that doesn't mean they can't choose to stop you either at the border or (possibly more likely) somewhere else in France. I made the mistake of going to Poland (from Germany) without my passport thinking there were no passport controls, although they did let me in after some arguing from the Pole leading the group and proof of return ticket the same day. It's not quite as advertised.
  2. Going to France (from Germany)

    Yes I do. Thanks, but that does say that border officials may ask for proof of accommodation etc...
  3. Brexit, New residence permits

      Pass. (No pun intended). Do you mean on the way out? 
  4. I (British citizen with Aufenthaltstitel) am going to finally go see the family in France for the first time since 2019. I was going to hire a car and drive; stay over the weekend and drive back Monday (i.e. 3 nights).   I know in all probability nobody will ask me anything, but what am I supposed to do? As far as Corona goes, I don't think I need to do anything except take my EU proof of vaccination (paper and phone) with me.    And then there's the thing that shouldn't be named. I don't need a Visa, but various things I've read say you need to have proof of accommodation (e.g. hotel booking) but if you're staying with friends or family they're meant to visit the local Marie, pay €30 and wait for up to a month to get a certificate that they send you before you travel. This seems a bit insane. Other things say that's only for Visas and a letter from your host will suffice and yet more things say that none of this matters if you have proof of available funds: €120 per day, although how you're meant to prove it isn't clear an I'd prefer not to take €480 in cash. And of course all of this possibly only applies to UK citizens entering France (and the Schengen Zone) from the UK. Can anyone help wth this one?
  5.   It was a populist decision not a rational one. The are hundreds of reactors in 30 countries being operated reliably. Even in Chernobyl the remaining reactors carried on producing power for years. Renewables can't provide 100%, at least not without lots of storage, so there always needs to be something else and the alternative to nuclear is probably now going to be burning lots more brown coal - the most polluting energy source there is.That's a lot worse than the largely imagined risk of nuclear power and Germany isn't going to be hit by a tsunami. An evidence driven scientist would have surely realised this. As a politician however...  
  6. Is that cannot do without, or it's difficult to do without?
  7. All this open talk of stopping gas imports sometime seems a bit like talking about looking for a new job in front of your boss: Putin might turn around and decide to turn off the taps now, figuring he hasn't got that much to lose long term.   An interesting question is how quickly a rich country like Germany could get on with the Energiewende if it were forced into it. Say there was no more gas and oil from Russia but enough gas reserves to last a year and thereafter only the drastically reduced amount that could be secured from other parts of the world. So there's about a year and a half to convert as many heating systems as possible to heat pumps (or something else) as well as building wind turbines and installing solar panels. No more vague promises about targets for 2050; got to get on with it because people will literally be freezing in winter 2023.   Short term would obviously be catastrophically expensive, but a country that did that would likely emerge the world leader.    
  8.   I often get Indian food delivered and buy beer from them as well, which is delivered cold. So I recommend an Indian takeaway as a way of saving energy.
  9.   If you put a lot of warm things that are denser than air into the fridge then it obviously has to work harder to cool them down. But if you open the door to an empty fridge you let all the cold air out (let's say all), whereas a fridge that's jammed packed full doesn't have as much air that can escape You might be better off keeping your fridge as full as possible, as long as you leave things in there for weeks and not constantly replace them with warm things. 
  10.   I always wonder that. You use energy to heat your kitchen in the winter and in the kitchen you have your fridge which is using energy to keep the contents cold. If someone had thought ahead kitchens could have been fitted with a "cold pipe" that lead outside and the fridge would just exchange heat with that. Simple.   Does it use more energy to keep bottles in the fridge for weeks? Probably not. 
  11. "The poor" don't buy new cars. The more interesting question is what happens in the second hand market. Will I be able to buy a 5-year old Tesla in a couple of years for €10K? Then suddenly EVs become a much more realistic option. More likely I would think is that 5-year old Teslas will have retained 75% of their value and the petrol or diesel car you buy today will have plumetted. 
  12. Low centre of gravity is also a big win for EVs. Softer ride but stays flatter in the corners. All good.   I found myself become vaguely interested in buying a Tesla 3 last year, but back then the base model was a bit over €40K. Now they're €50K. What happened?
  13. English Language: "Warming Down"

    Why would you think that?   I've heard people say "warm down" before. I always wonder if these things get into English from German via the number of German settlers in the US. Sure enough according to "cooldown" = "Abwärmen",which you could literally translate as warm down. But maybe that's nonsense and people are just saying "warm down" to be funny. 
  14.   I have a pre-paid "credit" card from Black&White that I took out when I first arrived because I didn't think I'd get a real credit card. You don't lose the money if you lose the card, and you can block it online. I thought as it was a "credit card" you could use it for car hire etc., but as it turns out that isn't entirely true. Last time I looked into it some of the providers in Germany would accept them (but then they'd probably accept a debit card too), but abroad forget it.   So you're right. There's no real advantage, except perhaps it's somewhere to put some money and be able to buy things in case your bank account gets frozen for some crazy reason.    I've recently taken out a Hanseatic Bank credit card, that was free. But they only gave me €1500 which is a bit crap, and I wonder if a card with a fee would have been more generous with the limit. I was going to go with Barclays but the reviews of the Android App were so bad that it put me off.
  15.   I notice they let you change your PIN, which is something that pisses me off with my cards.   My EC card (from Norisbank) is a Maestro and that does work abroad, both for cash machines and paying for stuff - is that what you get from Comdirect? But MC are dropping this system from July 2023 apparently, so perhaps they'll be issuing something else. But you can't generally use that online, and for that I have a MC debit (I've long since lost the PIN, and never carry it around). In the UK I only had the one Visa debit so I found it a bit confusing that you have to have the two cards in Germany, but maybe with the end of Maestro German banks will be doing the same.