Expat Germany News

Latest 10 news items tagged Germany

25 May at 6 PM 2017

LibDem leader Farron calls for MPs for Brit expats in Europe

The leader of the Liberal Democrat political party is urging increased parliamentary representation for the 1.2 million British expatriates living in EU member states. LibDem leader Tim Farron is suggesting new constituencies with their own members of parliament should be drawn up in order to represent British expat communities across Europe. In a recent speech he stated his party recognised the total unfairness of a system which disallows British citizens from voting for their own representatives in parliament. Farron is accusing...
11 May at 6 PM 2017

Brexit trap stalks Brit expats in Europe

As the Europe-based clamour for fair treatment for EU expats in the UK accelerates, UK citizens at present living in EU member states are being left out in the cold. Analysts are saying the Brexit negotiations will result in disaster for Britons living in Europe, whilst EU expats in the UK are likely to get a far better deal. Last Monday, a group of long-term expat professional Britons who’ve made their homes in Germany met to discuss serious concerns regarding the lack of understanding of their plight by both the UK government and...
3 May at 6 PM 2017

Number 10 calls German media report expat rights fake news

Number 10 Downing Street is denying leaked reports in a German newspaper stating that Theresa May is uninformed about the complexities over expat rights in the UK and EU. The article in Frankfurter Allgemeine, written by the paper’s political editor and entitled ‘The disastrous Brexit dinner’, claimed the meeting was a fiasco which ended with EC president Jean-Claude Juncker stating he was ’10 times more sceptical’ and later telling Angela Merkel that May ‘lives in a different galaxy’. The clash included May’s wish to...
2 May at 6 PM 2017

French taxman to pay informers for info on wealthy expat tax avoiders

The French tax office’s new move to pay informers for details of wealthy expats who fail to report their tax residency is aimed at targeting international tax dodgers. Expats in France who aren't unusually well-off won’t need to worry, as the new laws are specifically aimed at wealthy foreign residents who spend part of the year in France and who have not declared themselves as tax resident. Tax officials have explained that rewards for informing on expats would only be given out if the information includes international scale...
2 May at 6 PM 2017

Expat fury over Junckers refusal of reciprocal deal

Reports following the disastrous meeting between Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker are suggesting a European Commission plot to thwart May’s efforts to get a reciprocal deal giving security to both UK and EU expats by the end of June. The reports, carried by major media outlets in the UK, have sparked fury amongst Britons living in European member states as well as impacting on EU citizens living and working in the UK. Juncker had been reported as being ‘astonished’ by May’s demand, but leaked documents have revealed she made...
24 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Brits in Oz angry about changes to 457 visas

The extension of the number of qualifying years before migrants in Australia can apply for permanent residence is causing anger and dismay amongst British expats on the continent. Previously, the so-called 457 work visa allowed workers skilled in a specified number of professions to apply for permanent residence after just one year, but the changes now stipulate a four-year timescale. In addition, an English language test is now mandatory, as is proof of commitment to Australian values. The new 457 rules were announced Thursday...
12 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Everything expats need to know about available healthcare in Germany

Navigating healthcare requirements and availability in a new country is many expats’ worst nightmare, but the German system is reassuringly straightforward. One of the most important issues for expats, wherever they’re planning to call home, is the availability of healthcare and its bureaucratic requirements. It’s also a subject that’s frequently ignored due to lack of affordability of private insurance or simply not knowing how to go about becoming familiar with local offerings. Fortunately, the German healthcare system has...
3 Apr at 6 PM 2017

New Forward Britain campaign lobbying UK and German lawmakers over EU citizenship

Forward Britain is a new campaign launched by UK expats living in Germany with the aim of making sure that rights to remain in EU countries are fast-tracked during the Brexit negotiations. Described by a representative as a grass-roots movement, its stance was made clear by Mark Whiley in an interview with German broadcaster Deutsche Welle. He explained the movement’s name, Forward Britain, is a fit description fpr its members, all of whom are forward looking, international and dreading being forced to retreat to an isolated,...
31 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Historic German railway station rescued from dereliction by expat couple

British expats Olly and Jackie Bond are determined to renovate a derelict, historic German railway station, turning it into a tourism and entertainment centre for the small town it used to serve. Formerly from Cornwall and now living in Camburg and working in Munich, Olly took the train to work every day, passing through the derelict station and wishing someone would take it on and bring it back to life. When, last December, the station house and its surroundings came up for auction, the couple decided to take a chance and bought it...
17 Mar at 6 PM 2017

UK expats choose Spanish citizenship as Brit interest in Spanish property crashes

A new study, released at the same time as news of a fall in British enquiries on Spanish property, has revealed Brits are now reluctant to choose Spain as their retirement. destination. For many would-be expats, Spain is no longer the favoured choice for a comfortable retirement due to fears over Brexit’s effects. According to a new study, the number of British citizens at or over the age of 55 enquiring about purchasing homes in the former favourite retirement destination has fallen to zero as potential buyers are scared off by...