Human rights under extreme threat globally

International law is being increasingly disregarded internationally. ‘The rule of law and human rights are under greater threat worldwide than they have been for decades’, writes the human rights organisation Amnesty International in its 2023/24 annual report. ‘We condemn the fact that nationalist, racist and misogynist forces are gaining support worldwide’, says Amnesty Secretary General Julia Duchrow. Because these forces ‘attack the idea of equal dignity and equal rights for all people in word and deed’. Civilians are particularly at risk The report points out that civilians ‘are increasingly defenceless in armed conflicts because governments, security forces and armed groups… Read More

Recipients of Citizen’s Income must pay for cable TV themselves

Cable TV will become more expensive for many recipients of Citizen’s Income from July 1. Because landlords will no longer be able to charge the fees as ancillary costs, tenants will have to take care of a cable connection themselves and conclude their own contract. Citizen’s Income recipients will have to pay for it themselves. The employment agency Reutlingen confirmed at the request of tuenews INTERNATIONAL. Previously the job center had covered the costs for cable television as part of the accommodation costs if they were included in the ancillary costs. There are no exceptions according to the employment agency.… Read More

Study casts doubt on the usefulness of relocation bans

Relocation bans for recognized refugees do more harm than good. This is the conclusion of a study presented by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) together with other scientists. According to the study, the residency requirement reduces the job opportunities of refugees and places a burden on the authorities. Residency requirements have been in place in many federal states since 2016. In Baden-Württemberg, too, even recognized refugees are only allowed to change their place of residence in exceptional cases—for example, if they or their spouse work elsewhere or if they are studying. The regulation was introduced in order to… Read More

Seminar on setting up a business

How do I start a business? Answers to this question can be found in a free seminar for potential business founders. It will be held on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 June, starting at 9 a.m. and lasting the whole day. The venue is the Open Innovations Campus Westspitze at Eisenbahnstraße 1 in Tübingen. Anyone wishing to take part should register as soon as possible—see the link below. The seminar will cover three topics: business idea and business plan, administration and organisation, and financing self-employment. Founders will also find out where they can get what kind of support. Participants will… Read More

European elections: Eligible voters with a migration background

According to estimates by the Federal Statistical Office, 8.95 million Germans of voting age have a migrant background for the European elections on 9 June, which corresponds to 17 per cent of German voters. Around 1.2 million of them have a Turkish migration background. According to the Federal Office’s definition, people have a migrant background if they themselves or at least one of their parents were not born with German citizenship. For the first time, young people aged 16 and over can also vote in the upcoming EU parliamentary elections. In this age group, the proportion of people with a… Read More

Crossing the border with an automatically extended residence permit

Can Ukrainians expect difficulties crossing the border as their residence permit expires in March 2024? No. The residence permits of refugees from Ukraine who fled Russian aggression and received protection in Germany have been automatically extended. They are valid until March 4, 2025. This was notified in accordance with the Schengen Borders Code (SGK). This means that the Schengen states are informed about the automatic extension of the residence permit in accordance with Section 24 of the Residence Act. A spokesman for the Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI) responded to a query from tuenews INTERNATIONAL. It was also published… Read More

Tübingen and Kremenchuk are city partners

Artists from Tübingen and the Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk formed friendships 27 years ago during exhibitions and theatre projects. Now the two cities are officially partners. Tübingen’s Lord Mayor Boris Palmer and Vitalii Maletskyi, Mayor of Kremenchuk, signed the agreement. It will initially be valid until five years after the end of the Russian war of aggression, according to the city of Tübingen on its website. A delegation from the Ukrainian industrial city travelled to the signing of the agreement. Kremenchuk has around 215,000 inhabitants, more than twice as many as Tübingen. The city is located around 300 kilometres south-east… Read More

More than just strikes: what trade unions do

Trade unions are associations that represent the interests of employees. They are organized by sector and negotiate collective agreements with representatives of employers’ associations. In the event of a collective bargaining dispute, they may also call for strike action following a ballot of their members. Any employee can become a member of a trade union. In Germany, there are eight trade unions with around 5.6 million members, which have joined together in the umbrella organization Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund (DGB): IG Bauen-Agrar-Umwelt (IG BAU), IG Bergbau, Chemie, Energie (IG BCE), Eisenbahn- und Verkehrsgewerkschaft (EVG), Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft (GEW), IG Metall, Gewerkschaft… Read More

Writing letters in Germany: this is what the envelope should look like

In Germany, letters are part of everyday life—especially when dealing with the authorities. However, new arrivals in Germany often do not know how to address letters correctly so that they reach the recipient quickly. It is also important to stamp the letter correctly. According to Deutsche Post, the following rules apply when labeling an envelope: The sender’s address is at the top left, the recipient’s address is at the bottom right. The address should be at least 15 mm from the left, right and bottom edge and at least 40 mm from the top edge. It is important that the… Read More

Important when changing university: Recognising previous achievements

When changing universities, it is very important for students to have credits already earned at their previous university recognised for their further studies. In order to apply for credit recognition, students usually have to submit a formal application to the new university. This request often includes a list of the courses, examinations and other academic achievements already completed as well as relevant evidence such as transcripts or certificates. The new university then reviews the documents submitted and decides whether to recognise the achievements. Factors such as the consistency of the content of the courses, the quality of previous achievements and… Read More

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