Expat Germany News

Latest 10 news items tagged Germany

16 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Expats in Spain warned over dangerously contaminated tap water

British expats in Spain are now being warned of the dangers of drinking tap water. According to a recent study, Spain’s municipal tap water is amongst Europe’s most dangerous to drink. The study, aimed at identifying chemicals in tap water, was carried out by scientists at Barcelona’s Institute for Global Health, and included samples from all the 27 European Union member states with the exception of Romania and Bulgaria. The group of chemicals found in the Spanish sample are believed to cause bladder cancer. Spain’s tap...
3 Jan at 6 PM 2020

British expats in Germany disappointed and sad about Brexit

Following the shocking result of the UK’s mid-December election and the realisation that Brexit is now close to being a done deal, British expats in Germany are sad and disappointed their hopes won’t now become reality. Britons living and working in Germany have spent the last four years wishing and hoping Brexit would implode and allow their lives to get back to normal, hopes which are now permanently dashed. Even the possibility of a no-deal Brexit due to lack of a satisfactory trade deal just 12 months from now is back on the...
1 Jan at 6 PM 2020

British expats returning from Spain slammed for dumping their dogs

British expats leaving Spain are being slammed over abandoning their pet dogs. British expats packing up and leaving Spain are being heavily criticised for abandoning their dogs when they return to the home country. One Spanish supporter of a local animal rescue shelter is hitting out at Britons who arrive in Spain, get a dog or dogs and simply dump them when they decide to go back to the UK. Antonio Lopez is a supporter of his local dog shelter, and told reporters he’s angry about the way rescued dogs are treated by...
11 Dec at 6 PM 2019

Expats in UK getting more bangs for buck due to sterling crash

The impact of the UK’s Brexit chaos on sterling as well as the cost of living has resulted in boom time for foreign professionals working in London as the shrinking pound continues to provide gains for expats paid in their local currencies. Expatriate professionals living and working in the capital are getting an increased amount of bangs for their home currency bucks due to sterling’s continuing fall against a basket of other currencies. The current report from ECA International also notes British companies wishing to reassign...
7 Dec at 6 PM 2019

UAE camel trek opens up vast deserts and Bedouin culture to expats

For a few lucky expats in the UAE, the journey of a lifetime is on right now. Deserts, the Bedouin heritage and camels are the hallmark of the Arab States’ long, fascinating history involving journeys across seemingly unending vistas of sand. Many of those who’ve read about the region’s earlier days can’t begin to imagine how the camels and their owners found their way across what seems like a futuristic, ever-shifting landscape under a burning sun. Every year, eleven lucky expats get the chance to find out everything they want...
30 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats in Germany rushing for German citizenship

A new study has revealed a massive increase in numbers of expat Brits receiving German citizenship since the Brexit referendum. As the Brexit debacle grinds on, the true cost to British expats and to the UK itself continues to be revealed in many European member states. Recent research has uncovered the sad fact that the numbers of British expats living and working in Germany who’ve now received German citizenship has soared by over 1000 per cent since 2016. In 2015, some 622 UK expats became German citizens, around 7500...
29 Oct at 6 PM 2019

IKEA in Portugal to lower its prices as expat demand slumps

Expats in Portugal to be treated to IKEA goodies at reduced prices. One thing’s for sure, whether you’re an expat living in Portugal or are still in the UK, you’ll either love or hate IKEA and its iconic designs. When the Scandinavian store first opened its doors in the UK, it was mobbed by homemakers whilst their husbands huddled in corners snarling at any attempt to include them in purchasing decisions. Over the years, the store opened in countries across the world and its early designs became collectors’ pieces. Time and...
24 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Where next for the world’s mega-banks and expat financiers post-Brexit?

Dublin wins out over European cities for luring London-based financial services firms. The question over which European city will gain the most financial services companies fleeing the UK to avoid Brexit’s consequences has now been answered. Out of some 332 financial services firms who’ve moved out of the UK, 115 have chosen the Republic of Ireland’s capital, Dublin. Luxembourg gained second place with 71 and Paris attracted 69, whilst Frankfurt’s 45 and Amsterdam’s 40 making up the total in losses to the UK economy....
14 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Expat-run horse rescue centre in Spain now dried out but running short of feed

The expat-run Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre based in Rojales is now dry, but is facing a chronic shortage of feed for 140 horses, ponies and other rescued livestock .During the bibilical floods caused by the gota fria weather phenomenon, the centre escaped the worst of the waters although the struggle to deal with the torrential rainfall went on for days. Expats and locals feared the worst when the Segura River overflowed its banks but, by a miracle, it didn’t flood the centre. Hundreds of animals including horses, donkeys, ponies,...
4 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Expat retirees in Thailand hard hit by strong baht

As the Thai baht gets ever stronger against Western currencies, more and more expatriates are feeling the pinch. Thailand has been perennially popular with expat retirees from the Western hemisphere, but the inexplicable rise in the value of its baht currency is wrecking the carefully-calculated financial strategies of a good number of retirees dependent on monthly pension transfers from the home country. For British long-stay retirees, it’s even worse, as their pension payments were frozen at the rate current when they left the UK....