Expat Germany News
Latest 10 news items tagged Germany
17 Oct at 6 PM 2016
The death last Thursday of the Thai King has plunged the nation into mourning, with many expats suffering along with their Thai friends and colleagues.
Some expats are in pain because they admired and appreciated everything the King was to his subjects and his love for them, and others are unhappy as they see their Thai friends and colleagues crying for the loss of a beloved monarch. This monumental world event has shaken the kingdom to its roots, even although the inevitable had been expected for a while.
One expat living and...
17 Oct at 6 PM 2016
After the pound sterling fell to a 31-year low last week, British expats working in the UAE rushed to remit currency to the UK.
Remittance volumes from the UAE to UK banks have soared by 135 per cent over the same week in September as expats took advantage of the fall in sterling. The cashing in is likely to continue as major banks are predicting further falls in the next few weeks.
The Bank of America, HSBC, Deutsche
Bank and Goldman Sachs are all predicting more pressure for the pound sterling as traders take into account the...
10 Oct at 6 PM 2016
The European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is being sued in the European Court of Justice over his banning of any pre-Article 50 negotiations.
A legal challenge has been mounted by the Fair Deal for Expats group on the basis that Junckers’ so-called ‘presidential order’ has no basis in EU law and must be considered an ‘unlawful gagging order’. The group is calling for the immediate annulment of the order, thus allowing the commencement of EU/UK pre-Brexit talks focusing on Brexit’s potential effects on British...
6 Oct at 6 PM 2016
Ailing pensioners in Germany
are being dumped in Asian and Eastern European care homes and retirement villages in a push to cut spendin on spiralling heathcare costs.
A shocking report in an international newspaper highlights the plight of elderly and infirm German
pensioners unable to afford high-cost private health insurance. The country’s heath care services for the elderly are equally unaffordable to those receiving a state pension, leading to thousands being shipped off to facilties in foreign lands.
28 Sep at 6 PM 2016
Statistics from a recently released Eurostat survey have confirmed Spain as the most popular of all European states for expat living.
It’s old news that Spain is and always was the hottest destination for expats, especially retirees, with the results of a new Euro-survey identifying coastal Torrevieja in Alicante as holding the highest number of expats in the whole of Spain. Also known as the ‘city of salt’, the seaside town is home to 46 per cent of foreign residents, the majority of whom are retirees from the UK.
13 Sep at 6 PM 2016
According to a recent article in the Sunday Times, a group of four expats living in Spain have filed a lawsuit alleging mistreatment in the matter of an illegal equity release scheme.
The lawsuit due to be heard in Britain’s High Court is being seens as a test case for more than 800 British retirees in Spain, Portugal and France who were drawn into remortgaging their homes in order to re-invest the capital in offshore funds. Representatives of the unregistered financial advice company Henry Woods, blacklisted from operating in Spain...
13 Sep at 6 PM 2016
According to the Home Office, Britons planning to emigrate to European Union member states may well need long-term residency visas.
European countries are favourite destinations for British citizens wishing to retire overseas, with the EU freedom of movement laws allowing easy access. The Brexit vote takes away freedom of movement, potentially wrecking the plans of many thousands of UK state pensioners searching for a lower cost of living and warmer weather.
Once Britain leaves the EU, freedom of movement will become a thing of...
18 Aug at 6 PM 2016
HSBC’s Expat Explorer survey gives one of the best comparisons of locations suitable for career development, with Switzerland placed high on the list.
Selecting the right relocation destination for a move to expat life isn’t easy, as it depends as much on personal preference as it does on salary and perks. However, for career development, Europe is still a great choice, with Switzerland considered by expats to be the best for salaries, job security, working conditions and lifestyle. Over 66 per cent of expat professionals working...
8 Aug at 6 PM 2016
The latest of the French protest groups begun by UK expats post-Brexit is determined to launch a legal challenge against the use of the Royal Prerogative.
Fair Deal for Expats is based in the French town of Lauzun, home to a good number of British citizens who’ve spent their savings renovating historic French homes as part of their retirement plans.They strongly believe the possible plight of expats living in EU member states wasn’t even on the agenda when the referendum was conceived.
The group’s founder, former solicitor...
3 Aug at 6 PM 2016
The demand for Belgian citizenship has exploded since the Brexit result, with UK expats desperate to stay in their jobs.
At present, the small country of Belgium is home to some 24,000 British citizens, the majority of whom work in Brussels with NATO or EU institutions. Since the referendum result was announced, expats are seen standing in early morning lines outside the capital’s information offices. All are desperate to obtain Belgian citizenship.
Similar offices in other Belgian cities are experiencing the same trend, with...