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  • Location Wiesbaden
  • Nationality British
  • Hometown UK
  • Gender Male
  • Year of birth 1975

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  1. Climate change discussion

      UK relevant, but he has a point!    
  2. German citizenship after 6 years

      To visit, but I would not like to live there.  Although I haven't been to either for a few years.  
  3. German citizenship after 6 years

      I assume you mean North Macedonia and not the region of Greece? It is not in the EU, so having German citizenship might not make any difference to obtaining residency, which anybody can obtain so long as they start a business and buy property.   Bulgaria & N. Macedonia might have low income tax rates, but would you really want to live there?  Poor infrastructure and corruption are some challenges. The average wages are N. Macedonia = 610 Euros/month, Bulgaria = 640 Euros/month.    
  4. What's got you flummoxed today?

    Reminds of something I was told when I first came to Germany and the German attitude.   If the printer is broken, then they won't report the problem, just walk away and hope somebody else will resolve/report it. I was told that this if for fear of being accused of breaking the item.     And I must say that in my German company (before we were taken over) that we had a habit of ignoring problems!
  5. What made you laugh today?

  6. About the employment situation in the city

      Disclaimer:  I am not a programmer, so I am not in all the details.   I read an article recently (unfortunately I no longer have the link) where the author was saying OOP is dead and that he is doing functional programming and that this is the future. I didn't agree with this fully.  I think that each method has its applications.  Certainly, the application of OOP in all situations is not right, but neither is dismissing OOP as dead.  Functional programming might be making a comeback, but we should not dismiss OOP just because it is no longer trendy.    
  7. Brexit: The fallout

      At the moment no.   The EHIC is based on reciprocal agreements.  At the moment Germany has not agreed to the UK request of maintaining this in the event of a no-deal.  Therefore it won't be valid any more. In the event of a deal then the transition period will kick in and it should still be valid until the end of 2020.  Which gives them time also to make a new agreement in this area.     Having said that, Emergency A&E care in the UK is provided free of charge by the NHS for everybody regardless of citizenship or residency.  So if you are in the UK, fall ill, and need an emergency operation then this will not cost you anything (unless they change the rules/law!).  But, it would not cover you for repatriation back to Germany for example.  So for that, then you would need travel health insurance.
  8. About the employment situation in the city

    After reading this, I'm almost scared to say that OOP is dead!   (discuss!)
  9. What made you smile today?

        How can they be vegan if they put in an eye, an ear and a head!    
  10. Brexit: The fallout

          I guess then we have to add another one to the list, after yesterdays events in Halle were confirmed to by committed by a "neo-nazi" German!  
  11. What are you watching right now?

      Although, this was published on a right-wing website from an unnamed source!
  12. First World Problems

  13. First World Problems

      Worse!   WAG is an acronym for "Wives and Girlfriends" and is used specifically for Footballers wives and girlfriends.      
  14. non-employed person, no tax return received

    These are the rules on filing     (Can also apply to employees with tax class I, read the article for more details).     But don't forget that if you are resident in Germany then you worldwide income is taxable in Germany.  This means that any interest, rent income, gifts from family/friends etc., which were made in other countries are also taxable according to German tax law.  Although you might not have to pay tax on them (depending on the double taxation agreements), it might still have to be declared.   You should have applied for and received a tax number when you arrived in Germany.  So if you haven't got one then you should apply now.  As even to get your tax-free allowance for savings in Germany then you have to supply this number.       If your friends have not filed any tax returns then they might fall into one of the categories which don't need to.  Or they are breaking the law and eventually the Finanzamt will find out and they will get a fine. Not filing to save money does not make sense.  As a lot of people are eligible for tax refunds so would actually get money back.  And it doesn't need to cost a lot of money to file taxes.  My wife buys a Tax program from Aldi/Lidl each year for ~20 euros and uses this to calculate and file our taxes.    
  15. The Vent - No Chat!

    You want me to finish this task by 31st October. But the input I require to start my task will not be ready by then.   In fact, the team who will deliver this will not start until end of October and are due to finish mid December (if the dates don't slip)   Maybe I am stupid, so could you please explain how I can finish this task before I have any input?   Then maybe you can explain why my 20 million previous explanations on this topic saying exactly the same thing have not been understood? Or maybe you can explain why nothing was done about this when I brought up the problems already some 4 - 6 months ago in a bid to avoid this exact issue?  Rather than wait 4 weeks before deadline to drop this task on me.     Actually, I bet that if I done nothing and just told you that it was done that actually none of you would know any better!  So then maybe it is my fault, because I am too open and honest.   Of course, we have been having this exact same discussion every year for the past few years.  So why did I expect anything different?