Expat Germany News

Latest 10 news items tagged Germany

23 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Life of Brit couple in Almeria wrecked by private zoo

A British couple living in Almeria have had their lives wrecked by their next door neighbour’s illegal zoo. David and Mandy Dibble bought a house in the Arboleas town of El Chopo 15 years ago, and live there for at least six months every year. Everything was fine until, some five years ago, their British neighbour sold his property to a German expatriate. Much to the couple’s horror, the man immediately began building cages on the property, usually on a Friday afternoon after the local council offices were closed for the weekend....
23 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Number of Brits applying for European citizenship on the increase

Statistics are showing a considerable increase in the number of Britons applying to become Belgian nationals. Figures released last Friday by the Belgian Statistical Office show 1381 Britons became Belgian nationals in 2017, with the total number of applications increasing tenfold since the Brexit referendum. The majority of applicants have been living permanently and working in Belgium for many years and are looking to acquire Belgian nationality due to the uncertainty surrounding their rights post-Brexit. The process involves...
5 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Trilingual Brit expat refused Swiss citizenship for not knowing melted cheese origin

43-year old David Lewis has lived in Switzerland since he was a baby, is totally fluent in French and German as well as his native language and now owns a thriving café business in Zurich. He’s also raising his six-year old son and has no criminal record. In spite of his obvious qualifications for Swiss citizenship, his application was refused as he couldn’t give an exact answer as to the canton in which a melted cheese was produced, although he got the region right. He also couldn’t identify a traditional Swiss chard dish from...
4 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Expats protesting prostitution and violence arrested for hate crimes

British expats in Megaluf who organised protests against a group of Nigerian prostitutes have been arrested on suspicion of hate crimes. Expats in the favourite Spanish tourism and expat hub of Magaluf had complained to Spanish police about violent attacks and muggings believed to have been carried out by the prostitutes and their handlers, but no action had been taken. Finally, a section of the expat community decided to take matters into their won hands by organising regular protests against the offenders. It’s believe the women...
1 Jun at 6 PM 2018

New Zealand increases minimum income requirements as net migration falls

New Zealand’s record numbers of immigrant arrivals seems to finally be over as net migration is now falling. According to statistics, annual net migration in the year to March 2018 totalled 68,000, a drop of 4,400 from last year’s total of 72,400. It’s still an impressive number and high by historical standards, but reflects the fact that an increasing number of non-New Zealand citizens are leaving. However, according to specialist statisticians, the numbers of arriving migrants haven’t changed by much. Latest figures...
1 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Expat protests still growing against the Dutch 30 per cent tax break cut

A month after the Netherlands government announced its shocking decision to cut back the 30 per cent tax cut for expat professionals from eight to five years, the movement aimed at getting lawmakers to rescind the ruling is growing steadily. An estimated 60,000 expat professionals living and working in the Netherlands are affected by the ruling, many of whom have made financial arrangements, taken out mortgages, enrolled their children in internationals school or taken on long-term rental contracts. The expat community’s anger is...
28 May at 6 PM 2018

British expats hold dawn protest in Magaluf over prostitutes and violent crime

British expat businesses in Magaluf along with other concerned citizens protested at dawn against the increasing number of prostitutes in the holiday resort. The organisers of the dawn protest in the town’s infamous Punta Ballena strip claim prostitutes in the town are fronting for scams, robberies and other criminal activities, and their pimps are being accused of violently attacking seemingly wealthy holidaymakers in the popular destination. Tourists joined in the protest, supporting the accusations of scanned credit cards and...
24 May at 6 PM 2018

Expats love South African life but fear for their safety

In general, the majority of expats in South Africa are happy with their lives, but they don’t feel safe. The results of a recent survey reveal expats arriving from the USA, Britain and Germany are happy with their choice of destination, but day-to-day safety remains an issue for the vast majority. On the plus side, there’s a vast choice of places to spend the large chunk of cash they’re earning. The results calculated from respondents in the expat community saw the country high on the list for its ease of settling in and family...
22 May at 6 PM 2018

US businesses rejecting the Netherlands due to less competitive business environment

American companies are now shying away from opening up in the Netherlands due to its increasing lack of competitiveness. For a good while, the country was destination number one for American conglomerates wishing to open European offices, but changes to the Dutch business climate are persuading them to look elsewhere in Europe. France, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland and even the UK are now considered more suitable. Projects involving US investment in the Netherlands stood at 88 in 2016, falling to 75 the following year and totalling...
9 May at 6 PM 2018

Trump repatriation tax hitting hard on US expats overseas

As if being double-taxed wasn’t enough, US expats in Germany are now suffering from the effects of the poorly structured Trump tax bill. The USA is one of only two world countries which taxes overseas-based citizens on their foreign earnings. The other is Eritrea, which says it all. Not only are US expats taxed as if their wages and other incomes were being paid within the USA, they’ve now become undeserving victims of the ill-considered Trump tax bill passed late last year. After having to face up to FATCA and its disruptions,...