Expat Germany News

Latest 10 news items tagged Germany

12 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Expat kids in Prague love School in Nature tradition

The annual School in Nature tradition originated in Germany with the wish to give children living in the cities a chance to enjoy the clean air and natural greenery of the countryside. The first such expedition took place in 1904 at the Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin, and soon spread to France and Denmark. Over the years it became a popular predecessor of the present day ‘forest school’ where pupils spend the entire day outside, swapping blackboards and desks for blue skies and green meadows. The idea was taken up in the Czech...
11 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Which EU countries are being kindest to British expats

Many EU member states have now passed, or have stated their intention to do so, new laws ensuring the post –Brexit rights of UK expats. The no-deal Brexit packages of rights on offer vary state to state, with some covering the majority of needs and others sticking to the bare minimum and charging for special permits. Malta’s no-deal resident permit tops the list for generosity, as it gives those resident on the island on 29 March a full 10 year status and allows workers open access to jobs as well as permitting students to...
11 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Expat couple in Spain arrested in gruesome multiple murder case

Spanish police are investigating an expat couple alleged to have murdered a number of lonely expatriate pensioners. An Andalusia-based German man and his German-Cuban wife have been arrested in connection with a number of unsolved deaths of elderly pensioners. During the arrest, a disabled Dutch pensioner and an elderly German man were discovered immobile in their beds, showing evidence of malnutrition and drugging using tranquilisers. The victims were attached to nasogastric feeding tubes, thus keeping them just alive. Police...
5 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Expats in Shanghai become volunteers to help the local community

In a bid to include expats in the local community, a Shanghai service station is recruiting them as weekend volunteers. The station serving residents in Shanghai’s North Bund area is now recruiting expats as weekend-only stationmasters in a bid to help them integrate into the local community. It also provides a hub where retired residents can receive medical advice, socialise or take exercise, with the introduction of international volunteers also attracting young Chinese interested in joining several workshops started by the local...
6 Feb at 6 PM 2019

British expats across Europe now claiming foreign citizenship and a second passport

Even before Brexit becomes a reality, many thousands of British citizens have voted with their feet by applying for European citizenship. One major reason for expatriating is that the UK just doesn’t feel like home any more, according to those who can’t wait to leave or have already left. Those with Irish grandparents are the luckiest, with 200,000 Brits claiming to be descendents of Irish citizens stating their relationships on their passport applications in 2018. The mass exodus includes those whose families were originally from...
28 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Brits expats crave comfort foods from the home country

British expats miss ginger biscuits the most! Homesickness seems to be more acute in British expats than in any of their worldwide counterparts, according to both online retailers and specialist stores in favourite expatriate destinations. The latest must-haves from the old country are crunchy ginger biscuits, topping the sales lists over and above such delights as chocolate bourbons, shortbread and mini Jaffa cakes. According to a spokesperson from British Corner Shops, it’s a comfort thing, with expats seeking out goodies to which...
22 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Spain still hotspot for European property investors

Although mortgage interest rates have increased, expat property investors can still get great deals. September’s Spanish mortgage interest rates averaged 1.94 per cent, slightly below the EU average and trailing France at 1.51 per cent, Italy at 1.79 per cent and even Germany at 1.86 per cent. However, professionals in the sector are reassuring potential expat buyers that lender competition should still offer borrowers lower rates than those published. The interest rate rises were the direct consequence of Spanish lawmakers’...
15 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Young Brit expats in Europe crave more Brexit certainty

It’s as yet unknown exactly how many young British expatriates are living and working in EU member states. Although exact statistics are not yet available, research suggests there are significant numbers, none of whom have been given any answers as regards their long term status in their present country of residence. With Brexit looming on the non-too-distant horizon, none are as yet able to make an informed decision as to whether to stay or go. Research carried out at Goldsmiths College, part of the University of London, suggests...
10 Jan at 6 PM 2019

EU states queuing to ensure rights to remain for UK expat residents

Following on advice given by the European Commission to its member states, expats in a number of EU countries are now being assured of their rights to stay. The EC’s call for generosity towards British expatriates living, working and retiring in Europe in the case of a no-deal Brexit is being heeded by an increasing number of EU member states, allowing the vast majority of expats to sleep better at night. The irony surrounding the EC’s welcome intervention is that the Commission seems to care more about expat Britons’ welfare...
8 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Huge increase in Brits applying for EU passports

2018 has broken all records for the number of Brits applying for EU passports. It’s no surprise that the number of British citizens applying for European Union passports soared in 2018, and the rush is now on for the remainder of Brit expats desperate to keep their right to free movement after 29 March this year. The Republic of Ireland was the focus of the majority of new applicants, eligible if their parents or grandparents were born there. In 2017, numbers applying rose by 24 per cent over 2016, and last year’s rise over the...