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  1. Voting rights for UK citizens living abroad

      ^ If there's such hatred for the UK perhaps reflected in such out-of-nowhere statements, I really don't get why someone would hold onto British nationality.   Either you value the nationality / nationalities you have (though you may despise current governments), or you don't. And if you don't, then why hold onto the nationalities you don't value?   Yoo could replace British with German in the entire above list of points, and if you don't value German citizenship, the same would apply. Why bother having both?   Surely if you've all but checked out of the concept of democracy (and voting rights attached to nationality) then why not just surrender all nationalities and declare yourself stateless?   Dual citizenship is a privillege that many can't have. It seems bonkers to go to the trouble of obtaining dual nationality and then not use that privillege for good.   Yes, it sounds very altruistic. I guess I'm from a school of thought that sometimes would like to be self-less and take advantage of (and fight for) voting rights from abroad to then vote for parties or referenda that *don't* make the lives of EU expats in UK difficult, rather than selfishly sitting back, throwing hands in the air, as if to say "to hell with the lot of you", I don't even want to vote in UK. In fact, someone please remove or limit my UK voting ability (and that of other Brits abroad) immediately. 
  2. Voting rights for UK citizens living abroad

    I'm not so sure about that. Only Germans resident in the UK before Brexit (i.e. with Withdrawal Agreement coverage) can vote with solely an ID card. And then, only for local elections.   If you are a dual British citizen first, and a German national second, and you reside abroad, you cannot rock up to the UK and expect to be covered under the withdrawal agreement as if you were a German resident in the UK, and therefore exercise ID card (instead of passport) rights for voting.   Besides any of which, you would need to be on the electoral roll as a German in UK anyway.
  3. Voting rights for UK citizens living abroad

    No, I mean holding onto British nationality if one:   - doesn't value it in the slightest   - doesn't care about using their vote not just for themselves, but also maybe tactically and selflessly for the indirect advantage of others resident in the UK incl. loved ones who may have to face the political music they were lucky to escape abroad   - doesn't care about anything related to UK democracy or a part they are blocked from participating in. If they could, they would even go far as to wish for no voting rights at all - not even for the first 15 years abroad - for Brits abroad   - doesn't care about rights attached to the British passport holder regardless of where they are located   ... but oddly still holds onto a British nationality despite being so vehemently can't-give-a-toss-about / anti- British nationality as above points, and when they could give up said British nationality voluntarily anyway at any time and just rely on the other nationality they posess.   That's what really doesn't make sense. If people go out of their way to state that their British nationality is next to useless to them, then why bother having it if it's that bad?
  4. Voting rights for UK citizens living abroad

    If little value is placed on the British passport and rights connected to it, I wonder whether dual German / Brits will actively use their German passport to enter the UK.   I think that's a walk the talk moment for those who have a British passport, but don't value it or voting rights in the UK. Until they do...
  5. Voting rights for UK citizens living abroad

    It seems, so far, that some posters wouldn't mind being robbed of a democratic life-long vote from abroad that they should anyway be entitled to (e.g. 95 other countries allowing their nationals to vote from abroad). This is deeply depressing.   The Brexit referendum was not a per- constituency share vote. Every vote counted like for like.    The result was won by leavers by a tiny margin - the average total population of 2 very large cities swung it.   There are around 5 million Brits abroad who could have easily cancelled out the small leaver margin if they were all allowed and enabled to vote.   Maybe I'm just not as jaded (yet) as some, and view actively not voting / not being bothered about having voting rights in your passport issuing country = I'm more than happy to "enable" parties I oppose to gain an even greater share of votes at constituency level, or for non-constituency referenda.
  6. Voting rights for UK citizens living abroad

    I'm loving all the hot takes here that basically there's no use / interest in voting in UK elections.   Probably from some people who whine about Brexit elsewhere.   Guys - voter apathy (or inability) from some demographics is part of the reason we have brexit AT ALL! (Granted, the greater part is lying politicians and a right-wing bias to most TV channels or newspapers)   If you pay ca. £100 for your UK passport anyway and have ties / family or financial interests /parallel pensions in UK, why *wouldn't* you want the same right to vote in your passport issuing country that nationals of many other country nationals have lifelong EVEN IF THEY MOVE ABROAD?   93 countries on this planet allow for expatriate voting from abroad (Germany for up to 25 years after leaving - 10 years longer than the UK 15 year UK rule), so why not the UK?
  7. Taschengeld

    I remember as a mid teen I got 5 pounds per week. It then increased to 8 pounds per week at 16, and 10 pounds per week as a late teen.   In today's money, I guess that amount will have almost doubled since then.
  8. But why didn't the brother receive a copy / original of the previous landlord's rental agreement with the tenant before they bought it with sitting tenants?   Considering "Kauf bricht nicht Miete", and also the new buyer / landlord wouldn't otherwise know how to live up to their own landlord responsibilities as per that old contract they took over.   Are sellers legally obliged to forward to the buyer their copy of the sitting tenant's rental contract on / before the property is sold? Or is that just a courtesy at time of sale?
  9. Hi there,    If you are employed in Germany and your company usually allows home office working 50-100% of the time, and:   1) You are a non-EU national with residence rights   2) Or an EU national   3) And you, briefly for a few days not weeks (i.e temporarily) wish to do your home office days abroad in either:  a] an EU country, (where you ALSO have work permit /freedom of movement there)  b] a non-EU country (where you ALSO have work permit /freedom of movement there)   On a general level, is this forbidden from a German employment law standpoint?   This whole topic has been catalysed since COVID, because during lockdowns people were stranded in whichever country they were in at the time, and many had absolutely no choice but to work home office from abroad, and employers had absolutely no choice but to allow it.   Reason I am asking is that I've heard so many conflicting stories from friends working for employers both in Germany and in EU, where employers have cited questionable reasons for not allowing it (German law, taxation etc) in some cases, and in other cases where employers are fine with it if it's just a few days.   I also know an EU colleague in Germany who wanted to do a few home office days in her home EU country and she was told she couldn't., with the employer passing the buck saying German law won't allow it.   Then other non-EU friends working for German employers who allowed them to work a few days home office not even in an EU country, but US.   And in another twist, a further friend (British) who was told they couldn't because they weren't an EU citizen, and they argued that if they work home office in Ireland this should be OK, because of the common travel + work area between UK and IE. In that case, after much harumphing, the employer agreed.   Everyone seems to have a different story. And in all cases, their work contracts neither include nor exclude working home office *abroad* although the "concept" of home office working is mentioned in their contracts.   It almost seems like employers don't know how to tackle this, and in cases where they reject brief periods of home office abroad, they panic and just say "err... it's 'cos of the law. Our hands are tied"   I'd love to know others' thoughts or own personal experiences on this one.    It seems very arbitrary.    
  10. Accountability in HR meetings

    Obviously, recording without permission is not a great idea.   But... You could say it like this: My phone is recording audio for minutes taking purposes. If you object to the recording, you can decide to terminate the meeting and leave the room.   If they walk out, you've saved yourself a meeting with them. If they terminate and reschedule, just keep doing the same thing again.
  11. A tip: An alternative (or add-on) to the legal route of complaining about slow processing of residence permits, is to contact members of the "Integrationsrat" (or whatever your city calls it) or local politicians.   Members of the integrationsrat often contain non-EU members of the public living in the city who are not politicians themselves, but are often loosely affiliated with a political party, and who have a direct line to the powers that be at the town hall / Behoerde.    If you dig around your town hall / Behoerde website you'll find Tagesordnung Minutes published where their reps occasionally flag issues.   Alternatively, you can try contacting a real local politician. Occasionally they'll flag issues. In both cases, even if you reveal your real name to them, they will almost always reply and ask you whether you wish to remain anonymous (or not) when they flag the issue higher - sometimes even beyond town to state level.   Contacting any of the above can sometimes magically and curiously result in your residency being processed faster :-)   PS: The town Tagesordnung minutes are often very boring (traffic cones etc) but they often have real treasures hidden in there ;-)