Housing allowance increase

The federal government has increased the housing allowance for the third time, so that two-person households can receive an increase of 70 euros. This was announced by the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Home Affairs in a press release. The increase is every two years according to the rent level and consumer prices. It is there to ease housing allowance recipients. 650,000 households who have received housing allowance in the past or for the first time benefit from this. More information in the Ministry’s press release: https://www.bmi.bund.de/SharedDocs/pressemitteilungen/DE/2021/03/wohngeldverordnung.html tun21061801 Stadt Tübingen. Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL/Mostafa Elyasian. Latest information on Corona:… Read More

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The busts of Palmyra – social media over 2000 years ago?

Youssef Kanjou The city of Palmyra in what is now Syria was famous for a cultural blending of East and West throughout its long history. This is evident in the architecture and in the different religions. Perhaps most important is the tradition of burial rituals in the Hellenistic and Roman periods (about 200 B.C. to 300 A.D.). Even before death, a statue was created for each person by skilled sculptors. The statue is limited to the upper half of the person and should be similar to the person as much as possible. This bust should correspond to the natural size… Read More

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Beware of caterpillars on oak trees

The oak processionary moth is a type of a butterfly. Its offspring is a caterpillar, that emerges starting end of May. Its “stinging” hair can cause skin inflammations with strong itching, inflammations of the eye or the upper respiratory tract and more. Especially risky is the direct contact with the caterpillar and its webs, within which they reside. The wind can spread around the caterpillar’s hair from the trees. The caterpillars have spread so widely during the last view years. Therefore, they can be found in almost all tree populations. Within the forest, the oak processionary moth is not being… Read More

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Two watermelons in one hand

At lunchtime, the grocery store where Mohammad from Afghanistan is doing his training is particularly busy. Many come on their lunch break to run errands. It has to be quick when shopping. “Mentally, people are already back in their offices or in the next store,” smiles Mohammad. In a hurry, some customers take the receipt, but leave the goods at the checkout. Some even leave their bank cards in the card reader. But Mohammad has a watchful eye and calls the customers back. They are mostly surprised and very grateful. “Sometimes I don’t understand the Germans – they try to… Read More

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State pays a one-off 100 euros per child in August

The Corona pandemic has restricted the lives of children and adolescents. In order to alleviate the consequences somewhat, the Bundestag has passed a children’s recreation bonus. Families with very low incomes receive a one-time payment of 100 euros per child. The money is to be paid out in August. The 100 euros can be used for holiday, sports and leisure activities. This is what the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs writes in a statement. Families who receive, for example, child benefit, housing benefit, basic income support or support under the Asylum Seekers’ Benefits Act in August 2021 are entitled to… Read More

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An ancient silver coin from Seleucia on the Tigris in Iraq

By Stefan Krmnicek In our series on ancient coins, this article is about an ancient silver coin from Iraq in the coin collection of the Institute of Classical Archaeology at the University of Tübingen. On the obverse we see the bust of a man to the right. His face looks pathetically realistic. The eyes are deep set, the nose is quite prominently shaped. His curly hair falls neatly combed from the crown. A wide bandage is wound around the head. Readers of our previous posts already know that a bandage, also called a diadem, was the symbol of royalty for… Read More

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Government changes travel warnings

Travelling is getting easier. Since Sunday, 13 June, many countries are no longer considered Covid risk areas. These include, for example, Austria, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and parts of Greece and Croatia. Those who come to Germany by land from one of these countries do not have to expect entry restrictions because of Covid. From Thursday, 1 July, travel options for tourists will improve once again. The German government lifts travel warnings for around 100 countries worldwide on this day, according to the Foreign Ministry. As of 1 July, a new guideline value applies because of Covid. A travel warning… Read More

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Ticks transmit infectious diseases

Ticks become active in early summer. They are then at a stage in which they suck blood from living things such as animals and humans. They can transmit pathogens during the suction process. The risk of being infected by tick bites is particularly high in Baden-Württemberg. Here up to five percent of all ticks transmit the TBE virus and up to 35 percent the Lyme disease bacterium. That is why the Baden-Württemberg State Health Office is now recommending protective measures to people who are often in their own garden and in nature. Ticks do not fall from trees and cannot… Read More

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Milk products – a precious commodity?

There are rich countries and there are poor countries. Mohammad from Afghanistan is wondering how many tons of milk, yoghurt or other groceries that have already been bought are thrown away in Germany. And in Afghanistan and other countries, for example, people need milk that is not there. In Germany the supply is much greater than the demand, especially at dairy products. And a lot of other food is thrown away here because the best-before date has expired. Mohammad’s training in the grocery trade includes going through the store every morning and sorting out the expired goods. Every day he… Read More

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Between the cultures: a Greek coin from the Hindu Kush

By Stefan Krmnicek In our series about antique coins, today we would like to present in more detail an antique coin of the Indo-Greek king Menander I. from the coin collection of the Institute for Classic Archeology at the University of Tübingen. The coin is a so-called drachma, a coin of silver with a diameter of 17 mm and a weight of 2,41 g. On the obverse we see the draped bust of a man, shown in profile to the right, wearing a wide bandage in his hair, a so-called diadem.Two long ribbons hang down from the diadem to the… Read More

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Experts call for “turbo naturalisation“

Only 2.5 per cent of all persons who fulfil the necessary requirements actually naturalise in Germany and thus acquire German citizenship. This fact is lamented by the Expert Council on Integration and Migration (SVR) in its current Annual Report 2021. The naturalisation rate in Germany is hereby significantly lower than in most other European countries. It is comparably low only in the Czech Republic, Austria, Denmark and Lithuania. The SVR therefore recommends, among other things, a “turbo naturalisation”: This should be made possible after only four years of residence for persons “who are particularly well integrated economically and socially, speak… Read More

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Covid reveals justice gap

By Michael Seifert There are almost daily reports in the media about how corona incidence levels vary between neighbourhoods in large cities. The values, and thus also the risk of infection, are significantly higher in so-called social hotspots with high-rise housing estates, where the proportion of migrants is particularly high, than in villa neighbourhoods. Surveys in hospitals in Baden-Württemberg also indicate that the proportion of patients with a migration background is very high in intensive care units. tünews INTERNATIONAL spoke about this with Boris Nieswand, Professor of Sociology at the University of Tübingen. He explains these trends with the social… Read More

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Vaccination traditions from the Orient

By Wolfgang Sannwald Currently millions of people worldwide are being vaccinated against Covid-19. Vaccinations against pathogens have been in existence for centuries, in Asia they are part of traditional medicine practices. This is presented in an essay from 2020 by the medicine historian Robert Jütte from Stuttgart. According to him, the philosopher Voltaire (1694-1778) reported from the Caucasus that women cut their six-month-old children in the arm and inserted in the wound a skin blister of smallpox infection from another child. The mild infection then protected their children permanently. Voltaire claimed that women complained in cases when they could not… Read More

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Naturalisation now

A new tünews magazine informs comprehensively on the topic of naturalization. More and more refugees from 2015 and 2016 now have the opportunity to apply for naturalization. The new edition “Geflohen und eingebürgert” provides information on how that works and what prerequisites are necessary. View the magazine here: https://tunewsinternational.com/14746-2/ tun21051101 Das tünews INTERNATIONAL Magazin zum Thema Einbürgerung in Deutschland. Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL. Latest information on Corona: Click here  3,904 total views,  4 views today

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Dr Saif Afat: Vaccines against the coronavirus are more effective than those against the flu

Covid vaccines are significantly more effective than flu vaccines, explains Dr. Saif Afat in a video interview with tünews INTERNATIONAL. Saif Afat came to Germany from Iraq in 2004. He is a vaccinator at the covid vaccination centre in Tübingen and received his own vaccination in January. People at the vaccination centre are frequently asking him about the effectiveness. He says that all vaccines against the coronavirus admitted in Germany have an effectiveness of more than 75 percent. This is a “very good result”. Flu vaccines have an efficacy of 50 to 60 percent because of the different virus strains,… Read More

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Ramadan in Covid conditions

For the second consecutive year, Muslims around the world fasted during the month of Ramadan under extraordinary circumstances due to the corona pandemic. However, this year was more difficult and sadder than the previous year. The effects of the coronavirus were stronger this year. They strongly influenced social life. Ramadan is known as a month of collective prayer in which Muslims gather in great numbers to perform tarawih (nightly prayers). These are customs and rituals that Muslims had to do without this year as well. Ramadan is a month in which the families usually gather at iftar (breaking the fast)… Read More

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Dr. Saif Afat: The vaccination does not sterilize

Dr. Saif Afat personally knows women who are vaccinated against the coronavirus and became pregnant. The radiologist came to Germany from Iraq in 2004 and currently works, among other things, at the covid vaccination centre in the District of Tübingen. In a video interview with tünews INTERNATIONAL he explains that the alleged infertility is clearly a misinformation. He believes this is based on a putative similarity between the vaccine’s spike protein and a protein in the placenta. But that is no cause for concern, he said. The rumour makes no sense at all in his eyes, because women would also… Read More

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Dr Saif Afat: None of the vaccines alters the genetic material

The rumour that vaccines against the coronavirus alter genetic makeup is one Dr. Saif Afat has heard often, including at the covid vaccination centre. What people fear most is that the vaccine could cause cancer. The radiologist came to Germany from Iraq in 2004 and currently works, among other things, at the covid vaccination centre in the District of Tübingen. In a video interview with tünews INTERNATIONAL he points out that no study has proven such changes. When he received his own vaccination in January, he said, he wasn’t worried about that at all: “I trust in science.” He had… Read More

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Transport ban for travelers from Corona areas

For travelers from countries in which mutations of the corona virus are widespread, there is a ban on transportation for all airlines and rail companies. This will initially apply until May 12, 2021, as reported by the Federal Foreign Office. Exceptions apply to people with a place of residence and an existing right of residence in Germany as well as to transit travelers. The Robert Koch Institute publishes daily updates on which countries belong to the so-called virus variant areas. Furthermore, entry restrictions apply to travelers from numerous third countries, i.e. non-EU countries: They are only allowed to enter in… Read More

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Quarantine: a challenge for the whole family

By Ute Kaiser 14 days of vacation feels short for children. 14 days of quarantine, on the other hand, drags on like chewing gum. A family from Tübingen experienced this around Easter. The ten-year-old son tested positive for the corona virus in elementary school. The PCR test was also positive. After that, the usual life changed fundamentally for him, his three- and twelve-year-old brothers and his parents. tünews INTERNATIONAL talked to the 53-year-old father about this time. A few hours after the PCR test result passed with phone calls: with the health department, with parents of classmates and friends also… Read More

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Dr Saif Afat: None of the vaccines alters the genetic material

The rumour that vaccines against the coronavirus alter genetic makeup is one Dr. Saif Afat has heard often, including at the covid vaccination centre. What people fear most is that the vaccine could cause cancer. The radiologist came to Germany from Iraq in 2004 and currently works, among other things, at the covid vaccination centre in the District of Tübingen. In a video interview with tünews INTERNATIONAL he points out that no study has proven such changes. When he received his own vaccination in January, he said, he wasn’t worried about that at all: “I trust in science.” He had… Read More

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Dr. Saif Afat: Covid vaccines are proven to be effective

That the vaccines against the coronavirus are effective is obvious regarding the elderly who have already been vaccinated. Their proportion among covid patients has decreased significantly, explains Dr. Saif Afat in a video interview with tünews INTERNATIONAL. Saif Afat came to Germany from Iraq in 2004. He is a vaccinator at the covid vaccination centre in Tübingen and received his own vaccination in January. He hears doubts about the vaccine’s effectiveness from time to time during his educational talks at the vaccination centre. But this is a rumour, he says. Vaccines are developed in a strictly controlled process. They only… Read More

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Ramadan in Covid conditions

For the second consecutive year, Muslims around the world fasted during the month of Ramadan under extraordinary circumstances due to the corona pandemic. However, this year was more difficult and sadder than the previous year. The effects of the coronavirus were stronger this year. They strongly influenced social life. Ramadan is known as a month of collective prayer in which Muslims gather in great numbers to perform tarawih (nightly prayers). These are customs and rituals that Muslims had to do without this year as well. Ramadan is a month in which the families usually gather at iftar (breaking the fast)… Read More

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Dr. Saif Afat: People who cannot follow social distancing rules are at risk

People who live in community shelters often cannot follow the social distancing rules of the covid regulation. Therefore, those people are particularly at risk from the epidemic and are being vaccinated earlier than others, explains Dr. Saif Afat in a video interview with tünews INTERNATIONAL. Saif Afat came to Germany from Iraq in 2004. He is a vaccinator at the covid vaccination centre in Tübingen and received his own vaccination in January. In community shelters, for example, several refugees often share one room, he says. They also share communal kitchens and bathrooms. There, encounters cannot be avoided and the virus… Read More

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Paediatrician Zen Aldeen: Corona vaccines undergo thorough testing

Corona vaccines are very safe, explains Ezdehar Zen Aldeen in a video interview with tünews INTERNATIONAL. Zen Aldeen, who is originally from Syria, arrived in Germany four years ago. She currently works as a vaccinator in the corona vaccination center in the District of Tübingen and received her own vaccination three months ago. All contemporary vaccines pass the same process of admission as other medication. The corona vaccines contain no toxic substances and barely any animal material that could trigger allergic reactions. Therefore, the vaccination is very safe, states Zen Aldeen. Click here for the videos of tünews INTERNATIONAL: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC75yk8pmk_r3dSxYh6R6krg… Read More

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Dr Saif Afat: Vaccinating for quick immunity

“In order to quickly reach immunity, we have to vaccinate a lot,” explains Dr. Saif Afat in a video interview with tünews INTERNATIONAL. Saif Afat came to Germany from Iraq in 2004. He is a vaccinator at the Covid vaccination centre in Tübingen and received his own vaccination in January. Afat states that people need to build a protection against the virus. They get it by surviving the infection. But the disease is often severe. However, sometimes people do not notice it, so they infect others without knowing it. All this could be prevented by vaccination. The doctor is convinced:… Read More

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Relaxations for vaccinated and recovered people

People who have been fully vaccinated against corona and those who have recovered from an infection are getting more freedom. They can meet, go shopping by appointment or go the hairdresser again without taking a test. The nightly curfews don’t apply to them anymore. They don’t have to go into quarantine anymore when returning from travel – except if they enter from an area with a virus mutation. This regulation applies starting Sunday, 9th April. This was announced by Federal Minister of Justice Christine Lambrecht. After this day, recovered or fully vaccinated people can meet again in private without limit.… Read More

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Paediatrician Zen Aldeen: No considerably big differences between corona vaccines

The currently admitted Covid-vaccines all are a big gain, explains Ezdehar Zen Aldeen in a video interview with tünews INTERNATIONAL. Zen Aldeen came to Germany four years ago from Syria. She currently works as a vaccinator in the corona vaccination center in the District of Tübingen and received her own vaccination three months ago. She differentiates between the vaccines mainly on the basis of their method of production. On the one hand there are mRNA vaccines like BioNTech, Pfizer or Moderna. On the other hand there are vector vaccines like AstraZeneca or Johnson and Johnson. They differ slightly in effectiveness,… Read More

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Paediatrician Zen Aldeen: Medical educational talk against false rumors

People who are concerned by rumors about Covid-19-vaccines should absolutely make use of the medical educational talk before the vaccination against the coronavirus, explains Ezdehar Zen Aldeen in a video interview with tünews INTERNATIONAL. Zen Aldeen, who is originally from Syria, arrived in Germany four years ago. She currently works as a vaccinator in the Covid vaccination center of the Landkreis Tübingen and received her own vaccination three months ago. Zen Aldeen herself wasn’t unsettled before her own vaccination. From her everyday life in the vaccination center, she knows rumors that circulate especially on Social Media. She hears of fears… Read More

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Paediatrician Zen Aldeen: corona vaccination unproblematic when wishing for children

Women who wish to have children can get vaccinated against the coronavirus. This was explained by pediatrician Ezdehar Zen Aldeen during a video interview with tünews INTERNATIONAL. Zen Aldeen, who is originally from Syria, arrived in Germany four years ago. She currently works as a vaccinator in the corona vaccination center in the District of Tübingen and got vaccinated herself three months ago. During her medical consultations, she hears the worry of the vaccination making people infertile every day. Especially young women from all social groups are anxious about this. Zen Aldeen says that the vaccine has been tested on… Read More

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Strong at Work: funding for mothers with a migration background

The Federal Ministry for Families supports mothers with a migration background with its program “Strong at Work”. The program will run until mid-2022. The objective of the program is to support employable mothers individually on their way into employment. Among other things, women receive support in organizing childcare, getting degrees recognized, finding an internship, apprenticeship or job as well as qualification and training for certificate exams. There are about 90 contact points nationwide. They offer consultation and information to all questions and show possibilities for funding. One of them is in Tübingen, more information is available under https://team-training.de/ All contact… Read More

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Paediatrician Zen Aldeen: vaccinating people who live in close proximity early

People who live in close proximity to many others are being vaccinated against the coronavirus especially early, explains Ezdehar Zen Aldeen in a video interview with tünews INTERNATIONAL. Zen Aldeen, who is originally from Syria, arrived in Germany four years ago. She works as a vaccinator in the corona vaccination center in the District of Tübingen and received her own vaccination three months ago. When people live in close proximity, they can rapidly infect each other with the virus. The risk of infection is especially high in collective accommodation, all the more if people there share communal kitchens or bathrooms.… Read More

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Paediatrician Zen Aldeen: Corona vaccination is effective

The vaccines against the coronavirus are tested and effective. This is also shown by successful vaccinations of millions of people, explains Ezdehar Zen Aldeen in a video interview with tünews INTERNATIONAL. Zen Aldeen came to Germany four years ago from Syria. She currently works as a vaccinator in the corona vaccination center in the District of Tübingen and received her own vaccination three months ago. She especially refers to the fact that the vaccine was tested as thoroughly as any other medication before its admission. Meanwhile millions of people have received the vaccination. For them, the vaccines worked well. Click… Read More

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دكتور زين الدين: لقاح كورونا فعال

تم اختبار اللقاحات ضد فيروس كورونا كوفيد 19 وهي فعالة. يتضح هذا أيضًا من خلال اللقاحات الناجحة لملايين الأشخاص. هذا ما تشير اليه الدكتورة إزدهار زين الدين في مقابلة فيديو مع موقع تونيوز إنترناشيونال. جاءت زين الدين إلى ألمانيا من سوريا قبل أربع سنوات. وهي تعمل حاليًا كطبيبة في مركز اللقاح في منطقة توبنغن وحصلت هي على اللقاح قبل ثلاثة أشهر. تقول الدكتورة أولاً يتم اختبار اللقاح بدقة مثل أي دواء آخر قبل الموافقة عليه. وقد تلقى ملايين الأشخاص اللقاح حتى الآن. وهي تعمل بشكل جيد بالنسبة لهم. اضغط على الرابط التالي لمشاهدة فيديوهات تونيوز انترناشيونال https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC75yk8pmk_r3dSxYh6R6krg مقابلة فولفغانغ سانفلد… Read More

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Paediatrician Zen Aldeen: Corona vaccines are important

The vaccines against the coronavirus are a „major bright spot” in the fight against the pandemic, explains paediatrician Ezdehar Zen Aldeen in a video interview with tünews INTERNATIONAL. Zen Aldeen, who is originally from Syria, arrived in Germany four years ago. She currently works as a vaccinator in the corona vaccination center in the District of Tübingen and received her own vaccination three months ago. People who get vaccinated lower their risk of an infection or a severe course of the infection considerably. But the vaccinations are also important for society as a whole, she said. If enough people are… Read More

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German Federal Armed Forces start withdrawal from Afghanistan

German soldiers were stationed in Afghanistan for almost 20 years. The Federal Armed Forces have started the withdrawal on April 30th. “Our mission in Afghanistan is over,” explains the Ministry of Defense. Almost 1100 German soldiers were still in Afghanistan on April 30th – most of them in Mazar-i-Sharif, which is in the North of the country. Local employees of the Armed Forces which are being threatened are also supposed to be brought to Germany. This was announced by Secretary of Defense Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. Only second to the USA, Germany provides the largest part of the NATO-troops. It is not… Read More

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Doctor prescription: colors and validity

A lot of medication is available in pharmacies, drug stores, or online stores without a prescription. However, some are by prescription-only and are only sold or handed out when showing a prescription. But why do these prescriptions have different colors? And for how long are they valid? tünews INTERATIONAL followed up on these questions. Pink prescription: This means that the health insurance pays for the medication. Normally, the patient pays between 5 to 10 Euros per product. The pink prescription is valid for one month. After that, the patient has to fully pay for the prescribed medication themselves. This prescription… Read More

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German ID cards for naturalized persons

Of the people who have fled to Germany since 2014, some now have German citizenship. If you have the naturalization certificate, you must apply for a German identity card or a German passport. The town hall / citizens’ office of the place of residence is responsible for this. In addition to the naturalization certificate, the passport authorities there require an original translated and authenticated birth certificate. These can be issued by an embassy or a German consulate in the country of birth of the naturalized person. With the birth certificate, people prove their identity. Identity has already been checked in… Read More

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Integration policy too short-term: Germany loosens in international ranking

In the current issue of the international integration ranking, Germany is longer in the top ten. The “Migrant Integration Policy Index” (MIPEX) has measured the integration of migrants in 52 countries for the fifth time. Since 2007, an international research team has been studying how different countries support new migrants in being part of the society. Germany’s integration policy has become more restrictive. This is in part a reaction to the “Refugee Summer 2015”. Other countries, such as Ireland, Luxemburg and Spain, have had a more inclusive integration policy in the last five years. As in 2015, Germany’s integration places… Read More

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2700-year-old wine press discovered in Lebanon

The wine industry has its origin in the Middle East Youssef Kanjou It is unknown exactly when the people knew the wine industry, but it is clear that is very ancient, as well as all the archaeological evidence that it started in the Middle East. At the same time, until now there are a few ancient evidence has been discovered about this the industry, such as facilities and ponds. The oldest traces in the Levant were found on the wine industry dating back to the sixth millennium BC. The win press in that period consisting of rock or stone floors… Read More

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Working while quarantined

Employees who are quarantined don’t necessarily have free time. This is regulated in the Infection Protection Act and often additionally in the employer’s regulations. Only those who actually get sick and have a doctor’s certificate don’t have to work while in quarantine or seclusion – as it’s called in bureaucratese. Depending on their work and the technical equipment provided by the employer, all others have to work while in quarantine. Employees who usually work with machinery or in a laboratory can get assigned other tasks by their employer, which they can then do from home. tun21033101 Wer in Corona-Quarantäne muss,… Read More

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Integration summit 2021 – the result

During the 13th integration summit on March 9th – a digital event with 120 representatives from state and non-profit organizations – a new “national action plan” was decided. This plan is meant to help and improve the integration and everyday life of migrants. During the summit, chancellor Angela Merkel pointed out that many migrants still deal with structural disadvantages: “We’re all Germany, that’s the aim.” Annette Widmann-Mauz, integration minister of the federal government, called attention to the challenges of the pandemic: “We have to make sure that we are not set back by the corona pandemic.” Because of this, the… Read More

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A coin from Damascus shows a Syrian, who became a Roman emperor

By Stefan Krmnicek At the beginning of the year, tünews INTERNATIONAL introduced a coin of King Antiochos VIII and his mother Cleopatra Thea from Syria: A 2000-year-old coin from Damascus tells a story. Today, an interesting coin from Damascus during the Roman imperial period is to be presented. Both are from the Institute of Classical Archeology’s coin collection at the University of Tübingen. This piece is a 9.05 grams heavy bronze coin, with a diameter of 24 millimeters. Its surface has been badly damaged by corrosion. Because of this, not all details are clearly visible. However, with our knowledge of… Read More

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It’s worth applying for a tax return

As a rule, anyone who works in Germany has to pay taxes. The employer pays these taxes directly to the tax office. For many people it is worth filing a tax return every year. Then, for example, they can inform the tax office of their costs for training, for the home office or for transportation to work. They can even apply to claim a flat rate for tax relief. The tax office then calculates whether someone will get money back. Of the 25.5 million people who were not self-employed in Germany in 2016, 13.7 million filed a tax return for… Read More

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Scammers steal with fake emails

You may receive e-mails promising shopping vouchers or prizes. Sometimes the emails ask recipients to take part in a survey to receive the prizes. Sometimes these mails appear to come from the online mail order company Amazon, from food companies such as Edeka, Rewe and Lidl, or even from the furniture store Ikea. Attention: These are fake e-mails. Internet scammers want to trick the recipients. Anyone who clicks on the link provided is led astray. The link leads to the website of data collectors who want to get hold of pins or passwords, for example. With this data, they can… Read More

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Coffee: millions love it, but how did it spread?

Youssef Kanjou und Oula Mahfouz Do you miss sitting in the café now in Corona time? Have you ever thought about how coffee houses and cafes came into being and who spread around the world? The use of coffee developed differently according to the customs and traditions of each country. But how and when did coffee, drinking habits originate and when did coffee houses spread all over the world? There are many myths about it. Probably Ethiopia is the original home of coffee beans, but Yemen is the country from which coffee as a drink was spread. And it was… Read More

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Rumours about Germany

Pregnant women have a better chance of getting asylum in Germany. Germany takes in 5000 migrants daily – these and many other rumours about migration to Germany and Europe can be found on the internet. This wrong information leads many people to flee to Germany and falsely hope for asylum in Europe. Often, these rumours are spread by traffickers, who want more profit. However, people should base their decision to flee or migrate to Germany on facts instead of lies. Because of this, the German Federal Foreign Office has launched the website “#rumoursaboutgermany” in 2015. The website is available in… Read More

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What the heart symbol means

By Oula Mahfouz “The heart breaks”. This metaphor expresses sorrow, but doctors also acknowledge a “broken heart syndrome”. A “strong heart” may refer to a healthy heart or strong character. One with a weak heart may be sick or not resilient. Why does the word hold so many meanings? Many consider the heart a symbol of love, but the heart may also hold love’s opposites, envy, hate, and others. In fact, science shows all emotions originate from the brain. The current symbolic depiction of the heart originates from depictions of fig leaves and ivy leaves, explaining why the symbol bears… Read More

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Learn German online in the VHS learning portal

Those who want to pass the time until they can visit an integration or German course can use the free online courses offered by the German Association of Adult Education (DVV). They offer a variety of courses, including the regular ABC-courses for adults, but also courses with the topics writing and reading in the job, basic education, preparation for graduation or literacy training. The project is sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and is free. Learners have to register on the platform to participate in courses. The offers are for independent learning and some are mentored by… Read More

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Hand gestures for domestic violence

As part of the corona pandemic, domestic violence has risen worldwide. Women and children are affected most often. Consequently, the “Canadian Women’s Foundation” has developed hand gestures, which can save human lives. Without having to speak, victims of domestic violence can show that they need help, for example during a video chat. If one sees a hand gesture such as the one shown here, they can help. Information and support: The violence against women support hotline 08000 116016 The violence against men support hotline 0800 1239900 Child and youth telephone 0800 1110333 https://www.fritz.de/programm/aktuelle-themen/2020/06/handzeichen-fuer-hilfe-hausliche-gewalt-schlaege-notruf-frauen-kinder-zuhause-lockdown-corona-angst.html tun21011902 Latest information on Corona: Click here… Read More

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