Expat Germany News

Latest 10 news items tagged Germany

6 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Will Brexit scupper Waitrose British Corner Shop deal

With Brexit’s toxic tentacles invading almost all aspects of expat life in Europe, gourmet Brits hungrily awaiting Waitrose’s’ entry into the online British Corner Shop may well be in for an eventual disappointment. For UK expat foodies unable to live without such British culinary delights as digestive biscuits, Marmite, Wiltshire bacon, Cheddar cheese and sausage rolls, British Corner Shop’s online store and its Europe-wide deliveries have been a lifeline. The introduction of a deal with upmarket purveyor Waitrose was sure to...
5 Jul at 6 PM 2016

German and French ministers recommend citizenship for UK expats

Possible solutions to the plight of UK expats living and working in Europe are finally on the political agenda of several EU member states. Germany’s Vice Chancellor and Economic Minister Sigmar Gabriel was the first top-ranking European politician to suggest that his country needs the skills offered by younger British expats already working within German companies. In a Berlin meeting with the Social Democratic Party he suggested that young British nationals living in Italy and France as well as in Germany should be offered dual...
1 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Brexit threatens students, retirees and their dogs

As if the situation post-Brexit wasn’t dire enough for UK expats living in EU countries, more threats are emerging, especially for students, long-stay retirees on the state pension and, unbelievably, their dogs. Although at the present moment no-one is going to be deported from their country of residence after having their assets seized, more bad news about the effects of Brexit is coming out day by day. Brits living in Europe are by now familiar with the potential losses of free healthcare via the European Health card, the strong...
30 Jun at 6 PM 2016

British expats besiege Brussels town halls in rush to become Belgian

According to Belgian officials, hundreds of desperate UK citizens living and working in Brussels and the rest of the country are rushing to start nationalisation proceedings. The little country of Belgium is home to around 24,000 Britons, many of whom are working for Brussels-based organisations such as NATO and the EU institutions. Since the Brexit shock, many have decided to apply for Belgian nationality rather than endure two years of uncertainty followed by the possibility of not being able to stay. Mayor of Brussels’ Ixelles...
13 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Surveys and polls create even more confusion over Brexit

In spite of the fact that polls taken during the run-up to the UK’s last general election were proved totally wrong, the never-ending release of Brexit surveys and polls are now simply muddying the waters. The results of two polls were announced yesterday, heightening Remain voters’ fears that their campaign is stalling. In contrast, the second survey appears to show the British public in general is ignorant about the real issues in the Brexit referendum. The decision, it seems, comes down to the economy versus immigration. The...
8 Jun at 6 PM 2016

German Post Office refuses thousands of British expat referendum postal votes

Prepaid envelopes provided for expat Brexit referendum postal votes are being refused by German post office workers as they are the wrong size! Around 100,000 British expats are believed to be living in Germany, with a good number registering for postal votes in the Brexit referendum. Although the prepaid envelopes provided with the voting forms comply with the Internal Business Reply Service scheme, they’re the wrong size as regards standard German envelopes. As a result, numerous expat voters are being told that they must...
7 Jun at 6 PM 2016

EU expats desert Spain due to overseas assets tax changes

Whilst many British expats living in Spain are experiencing nervous breakdowns over the possibility of a Brexit, others who’ve already left are overjoyed they don’t have to deal with Spain’s new tax laws covering overseas assets. Estimates of the number of EU and British expats who took their money elsewhere rather than be taxed on their overseas assets are now in the high thousands. The tax changes in 2015 have also resulted in a strong decline in the number of new expat arrivals. The new rules, originally aimed at Spanish...
6 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Tax free pensions law sees property price rises in Portugal

A change in Portugal’s tax laws has resulted in rising house prices not seen since 2008. Always a favourite for British retirees, Portugal’s Algarve region has been something of a disappointment for the last eight years as regards capital gains on house prices. However, since a new law was enacted, property values have shown a steady increase, with last year’s averages 6.9 per cent higher than in 2014. One reason for the increased interest is the government’s new law exempting non-resident house owners from paying tax on...
2 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Polling cards issued to non British nationals compromise referendum integrity

The integrity of the Brexit referendum is at risk due to non-British citizen UK-based EU nationals receiving voting cards. After reports that non-British citizens living and working in the UK are being sent voting cards for the Brexit referendum, urgent enquiries are being called for.The news broke after a Polish national living in Surrey made it known via social media that he had been wrongly registered by his local authority as a British citizen. Subsequently, a journalist confirmed he was aware that other Polish nationals as...
31 May at 6 PM 2016

Brits in Berlin prefer German nationality over living a Brexit life

Confused and bewildered by the lack of concrete information about expat life after Brexit, UK expats in Berlin are going for German nationality rather than risking losing their lifestyles should Britain leave the EU. Around 140,000UK citizens live and work in Berlin and the rest of Germany, with the majority in favour of their home country’s place within the European Union. It’s not known how many are permanently excluded from voting due to the failure of the Supreme Court attempt to reverse the controversial 15-year rule. In...