Expat Germany News

Latest 10 news items tagged Germany

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...
19 May at 6 PM 2016

UK budget airline offers ultra cheap UK returns for expat Brexit voters

The very special offer by controversial British low-cost carrier Ryanair is aimed at encouraging expats living in Europe to fly home to vote in the June 23 Brexit referendum. Mega-discounted seats costing from as low as £15.40 are on offer, but those wanting to book will have to be quick as the offer ends tonight – 19th May. The sale is based on Ryanair boss’s repeated warnings that Britain’s leaving the EU would result in far fewer low-cost flights to Europe as well as fare increases across the board. Ryanair’s chief...
11 May at 6 PM 2016

Spanish property market facing challenges in 2016

Although demand for Spanish property has increased recently due to improved mortgage rates and low real estate prices, the Spanish real estate market is under threat in 2016 from Brexit, currency turmoil and new Andalusian holiday let laws. A recent survey reports strong expat demand for Spanish property originating mostly from the UK, Germany and Scandinavia, along with market activity from other northerly countries. However, as Brexit approaches, there’s increased nervousness about the outcome, with fears of the UK leaving the...
4 May at 6 PM 2016

Beijing greedy landlords making life difficult for expats

Expat quality of life in Beijing is being seriously affected by soaring rental increases. Although rent increases in Beijing are nothing new, greedy Chinese landlords nowadays are putting the screws on expat tenants as never before, especially in the more popular expat districts. Average rents in China’s capital rose last year by 14 per cent on top of the usual annual increases in previous years. A recent report from the Global Cities Business Alliance named Beijing as the world’s most expensive city for expat rentals, ahead...
22 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Study shows majority of EU based expats have Brexit fears

A recent study has revealed that two thirds of UK expats living in European Union countries are concerned that Britain’s leaving the EU would have significant negative effects on their lives. The poll, carried out on behalf of an investment and financial advisory company, involved expatriates in France, Spain, Italy, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Germany. Just over two-thirds of respondents admitted they were anxious about the outcome Brexit, with 24 per cent unconcerned and eight per cent saying they did not know. According to...