Demonstrating is a human right

By Ute Kaiser In Germany, hundreds of thousands are demonstrating for democracy and against right-wing extremism. They are also protesting against the “remigration” ideas of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party. This fighting term stands for “the deportation of all people with supposedly the wrong skin color or origin, even if they are German citizens”. This was said by a member of the jury that declared the term “remigration” to be the bad word of the year 2023 (see the news item tun24011603). What is the right to demonstrate in Germany? Article 8, paragraph 1 of the Basic Law stipulates… Read More

Ticks are already lurking for victims

Ticks benefit from mild temperatures in winter. This is why the bloodsuckers are already active early this year. “There are already the first infections,” parasitologist Ute Mackenstedt from the University of Hohenheim told Südwestrundfunk (SWR). Baden-Württemberg is a tick risk area. Many people here become infected through tick bites. The parasites like to sit in tall grass, bushes, gardens or in the forest and lie in wait for their victims. Experts advise people to protect themselves from tick bites by wearing long, closed clothing and sturdy shoes. Anti-tick sprays are also available. Anyone who has been out and about in… Read More

Solidarity action with Ukraine on the anniversary of the war

A solidarity event dedicated to the second anniversary of the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine will be held in Tübingen. The event will start on Saturday, February 24 at 16:30 at the Holzmarkt. Among the organizers are such Tübingen associations and unions as Grüne Jugend, Junge Europäische Föderalisten (JEF), Junge Liberale, Junge Union, Jusos, Sonnenblau, Tübingen hilft Ukraine and the Ukrainian community in Tübingen. “It’s the second anniversary of the beginning of the war in Ukraine, and there seems to be no end in sight. For almost two years, Ukrainians have been living with the daily routine of war,… Read More

Germans need a visa for many countries, but no longer for China

German citizens need a visa to enter some countries. This applies, for example, to India, Brazil, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Namibia, Nepal and Vietnam. For China, however, Germans no longer need a visa for stays of up to 15 days since December 1, 2023. As the entry requirements vary depending on the destination and may be subject to current changes, it is recommended that you check the website of the Federal Foreign Office well in advance of your trip and then apply for a visa: Travel and security advice for your destination country—Federal Foreign Office ( You should also check… Read More

Waste: What to do with old CDs or the electric cooker?

Where can glass, old clothes, batteries, CDs, electrical appliances and even hazardous waste be disposed of? On the website of the waste management company in the district of Tübingen you will find the addresses of the collection centres for the different types of waste. There are special collection points throughout the city of Tübingen for old clothes and shoes, glass, CDs, but also for problematic waste such as small electronic appliances, mercury thermometers, batteries and adhesives and more. Refrigerators and freezers, cookers, washing machines, televisions, computers, but also wooden furniture, scrap metal and bulky waste are collected twice a year—but… Read More

Why February 29 exists

By Bright Igbinovia and Ute Kaiser Sabine turns 18 on February 29—even though she was born in 1952 and is actually 72 years old. How can that be? Sabine was born on a leap day—like around 5 million people worldwide, including around 55,000 in Germany. What is a leap day? This extra day is added to the month of February during a leap year. This year, February has 29 days instead of 28 and the leap year has a total of 366 days instead of 365. The starting point was the Julian calendar from 45 BC. This solar calendar was… Read More

Duty of winter road clearance

In Germany, private citizens are generally required to clear snow in winter and grit when it is slippery. Most cities and municipalities regulate where and to what extent in their own bylaws. If you live in Tübingen, you are responsible for all public traffic areas that run alongside your house. Anyone who lives in a house, regardless of whether they are a tenant or a house owner, must clear snow and spread ice. The obligation to clear and spread snow applies primarily to pavements, footpaths and stairways. However, it also applies to other public traffic areas, such as the waiting… Read More

Partner district in Israel for Tübingen

The district of Tübingen is looking for a partner district in Israel. District Administrator Joachim Walter announced this at an event on 6 February 2024 at the Tübingen District Office. He is in contact with the Israeli Consul General in Munich and the district council has signalled its approval. Walter first made the project public during his welcoming address for a film evening entitled “Being a refugee”, to which the director Nurit Karmel had travelled from Haifa in Israel. Prior to this, he had spanned the spectrum from “Never again”, as the liberated from concentration camps in 1945 wrote on… Read More

Significant rise in first-time asylum applications

Germany was once again the main destination for refugees in the European Union in 2023. 329,120 people made an initial application for asylum here. This is an increase of 51.1 percent compared to 2022 with 217,774 first-time applications. These figures were published by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) in its annual statistics. In addition to the initial applications, there were 22,795 subsequent applications. People from Syria made the most initial applications for protection in Germany with 102,930. This is followed by Turkey with 61,181, Afghanistan with 51,275, Iraq with 11,152 and Iran with 9,384 first-time applications. Applications… Read More

Exhibition “Sleepless”: Ukrainian illustrations of the war

The exhibition “Sleepless: Ukrainian Illustrations of War” can be seen in Tübingen at Atelier / Café Haag (Vor dem Haagtor 1) until 23 February. Admission is free. The cinema pub opens 30 minutes before the start of the first film and closes at 11 pm on Mondays and Tuesdays, midnight on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 2 am on Fridays and Saturdays and 10 pm on Sundays. The exhibition ends on Friday, 23 February. During the finissage, which begins at 6.30 pm, Afina Albrecht, board member of the Ukrainian Studio for Culture and Sport in Stuttgart and editor of the German-Ukrainian Magazine,… Read More

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