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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Yellow sacks are available in Nonnenhaus

Tübingen residents living in the city center can no longer pick up yellow bags at the Citizens’ Office in the city center. The yellow bags are now available in the magazine department of the Scriptum company on the first floor of the Nonnenhaus. The store is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Yellow bags are also available in the citizens’ offices in Derendingen and Lustnau as well as in the administrative offices of the city districts. What belongs in the yellow sacks can be found online at… 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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Women strengthen women

“Female Fellows” is an organization in Stuttgart. It was established in 2018. “Our aim is a society in which diversity thrives and which everyone can help shape equally,” says Female Fellows on its website. Diversity also defines the organization’s team: The women are from different countries and have different focuses in their work. The project for refugee women has developed continuously and has expanded to multiple cities. Eva Maria Lehmann has established this project together with Nour Othman in Tübingen. One of the project’s activities is the “Tandem Project”. It connects migrants and citizens so that they can support each… Read More

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State election in Baden-Württemberg: The Green Party can choose coalition partner

The Green Party has won the state election in Baden-Württemberg. They improved to 32.7 percent statewide. So far, this is their best result: 2.4 percent more than during the state election five years ago. The CDU, the current coalition partner of the Green Party, got their worst result yet with only 23.8 percent. As a consequence to this defeat, Susanne Eisenmann, the leading CDU candidate and culture minister, wants to withdraw from politics. The SPD continued to also loose approval. They got 11.5 percent. This puts the, just ahead of the FDP, which improved to 10.4 percent. The Green Party… Read More

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About bulbs and grapes

There are customers who approach Mohammad at the vegetable stall and want to buy 500 grams of celery. He asks: Would you like a bulb? A big or a small one? He has been selling vegetables and fruits for four years now and still wonders: People don’t know the “package size”. It is important to understand one another. Because of this, it is also important how one says something. At his home in Afghanistan, one has to say exactly what they want at the vegetable seller: A bulb of garlic, not a piece; you ask for a stick or a… Read More

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Museums and other places open again in the District of Tübingen

Because of the relaxation of the shutdown, museum and other cultural places are open again in the District of Tübingen. tünews INTERNATIONAL is giving an overview: Tübingen University Museum in the Schloss Hohentübingen (Castle of Hohentübingen): Museum Old Cultures and special exhibition, Wednesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; City Museum, Kornhausgasse: permanent exhibition and special exhibition, starting March 17th, Wednesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Kunsthalle (Art Gallery): reopening with new exhibition on March 26th; Hölderlinturm: Mondays, Wednesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Botanical Garden of the University,… 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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Syrian sentenced because of state torture

At the end of February 2021, the Koblenz Higher Regional Court has sentenced the 44-year-old Syrian Eyad A. to four and a half years imprisonment because of his involvement in torture in Syria. The court found the convict guilty of being complicit in a crime against humanity. Eyad A. fled to Germany, before that he worked for the Syrian secret service. The court saw it as proven that Eyad A. was involved in torture and false imprisonment. The detention period that the court decided on is slightly less than what the Federal Prosecution requested. The defense argued that Eyad A.… Read More

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UN report about war crimes in Syria

It started with protests ten years ago: Syrians demonstrate against the regime of leader Baschar al-Assad in March 2011. The power of the state immediately reacted with brutal violence against the demonstrators. Since 2011, tens of thousands of people have been put into prison, many of them have been tortured. The 30 pages long report by an international investigation team of the United Nations documents the “hideous” (as it’s called in the report) crimes against the human rights – committed by both the government and the rebel groups. The authors have conducted around 2500 interviews in ten years. Among other… Read More

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Changed phone hours for the Foreigners’ Office Tübingen

The local Foreigners’ Office Tübingen has changed its phone hours and is now available for half an hour longer in the morning. However, the afternoon phone hours from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. are cancelled. The Office is now reachable Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. There are different numbers one can call, depending on the first letter of the family name. Letter A to Ha: phone 07071 204-2553. Letter Hb to Om: phone 07071 204-2383. Letter On to Z: phone 07071 204-2549. On-site appointments are only possible upon agreement. tun21022601 Impressionen zum Leben in Zeiten der… Read More

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Families receive child bonus

The Bundestag has decided on a new corona-aid package. This also includes families. As they did in 2020, they are supposed to receive a child bonus this year as well. Parents will receive 150 euros once for each child for which they already receive a child benefit this year. The bonus will be paid in May. The responsible family benefits department (Familienkasse) does this automatically. One does not have to apply for the bonus. More than 10 million families will receive the child bonus in Germany, as the Federal Family Minister Franziska Giffey has announced. The cost for this aid… Read More

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Apply for a spot in the day care center

Everyone who wishes to enroll their children in a day care center or nursery school in Tübingen must do so until the end of February 2021. The day care center years starts in September. The date until which parents have to accept the spot is provided in the acceptance letter. Detailed information about child day care in Tübingen : (https://www.tuebingen.de/158.html) ; and the application procedures (www.tübingen.de/23418.html) are available on the internet. There, it is also possible to apply for a public or private childcare spot online or to download the application forms as paper. The Zentrale Anmeldestelle Kinderbetreuung (Central Application… Read More

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Gradual increase in the minimum wage 

In 2021 and 2022, the legal minimum wage in Germany will be increased in four stages. In doing so, the German government is following the recommendation made by the Minimum Wage Commission in June 2020.  For 2021, the following applies: the minimum wage will be raised from 9.35 to 9.50 euros gross per hour on January 1, 2021, and then to 9.60 euros on July 1, 2021. For 2022, the following applies: From January 1 to June 30, 2022, the minimum wage will be further increased to 9.82 euros. From July 1 to December 31, 2022, it is expected to… Read More

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Receive child bonus belatedly

In 2020, the child bonus, or Kinderbonus, was paid for around 16 million children. Its aim is to support families during the corona pandemic. A requirement was that the children were entitled to the child benefit for at least a month in 2020. Children who were born in the year 2020 and for whom no application for the child benefit was filed yet, can receive the child bonus belatedly in 2021. Important is to file the application for the child benefit. If receiving it, the child bonus is given automatically. The application for child benefit can be filed directly online.… Read More

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Daily news on Facebook

tünews INTERNATIONAL has a Christmas present for all readers. From now on, we are quadrilingual on Facebook. There, you can find our latest news in your language, if you speak German, English, Dari, Persian or Arabic. Read the news from tünews INTERNATIONAL daily under https://www.facebook.com/T%C3%BCnews-International-English-106584848018157 tun122208 Latest information on Corona: Click here  2,285 total views

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State can help with legal costs

People sometimes encounter legal problems, such as disputes with the landlord about the rent or with the employer about wages. This also affects refugees. Some fear they cannot finance the trial in court. Because of this, they may waive their right to a trial. But there are more options. The state can financially support those in need with legal aid. It can completely or partially take over the costs of a trial before a civil court. The conditions are that the plaintiffs do not have insurance (legal protection or via the trade union), which would bear the costs. To get… Read More

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Check debt collection online and free of charge

If you order something online, receive the goods, but do not pay the invoice on time – things can get difficult. In such a case, the company that shipped the goods can claim its money. The procedure is called debt collection (Inkasso). The company can hire special companies or a lawyer to collect the money. These companies often threaten the buyer with enormous costs – for legal proceedings for example. “The bills are often excessive,” writes the consumer advice center on its website. There, it offers a free debt collection check (Inkasso-Check). Through this, it can be checked whether the… Read More

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Wi-Fi and charging for free: “Smart-Bänkle” makes it possible

Sitting, watching, surfing – all is made possible by the new “Smart-Bänkle”. It is situated in front of the municipal utility’s headquarters in the Tübinger Eisenhutstraße 6 and, until October 17th, in the outdoor pool Tübingen. The two intelligent benches offer a public Wi-Fi hotspot and charging opportunities for the smartphone. The free Wi-Fi helps shorten the waiting time and one can easily charge their phone on the bench, even without a cable. The “Smart-Bänkle” are equipped with solar modules at the top. Because of this, these innovative benches are powered completely by themselves and are 100 percent climate neutral.… Read More

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From Sunday 25th of October: end of summer time in Europe

During the night going from 24th to 25th of October, the official time throughout Europe will be changed back to the so-called normal time. Those who are still awake in the early morning will reset their clocks from 3 o’clock to 2 o’clock. Their reward will be to sleep an hour longer. This time change was introduced by Directive 2000/84/EC of the European Parliament and the European Council of 19th January 2001 concerning summer-time arrangements. This Directive defines “summer time” as the time between the last Sunday in March and the last Sunday in October. The “summer time” has applied… Read More

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All lies: Spoofing scams over the phone and by e-mail

A specific criminal act has become more widespread in the district of Tübingen in the past year: Spoofing (fraud). Fake police officers attempted 454 times to deceive (most often) elderly people. And exploit their fear of crime. That is 258 cases or almost 130 percent more than in 2018, according to the Reutlingen police headquarters in its current crime statistics. The crooks claim might that there has been a break-in in the neighborhood and that the people called are on an address list. Therefore, they should hand over money and valuables to a policeman who would pick them up. On… Read More

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What is „Schufa“?

Every person who has applied for a loan or opened an account, has come into contact with the “Schufa”. Schufa is short for „Schutzgemeinschaft für allgemeine Kreditsicherung“ which can be translated as General Credit Protection Agency”. So, what exactly does Schufa do? At Schufa, all data concerning loans, checking accounts, installment payments and other such things, is saved – but only with the consent of the affected person. An inquiry with Schufa is supposed to give information about the creditworthiness, meaning how financially trustworthy, someone is or how orderly they pay back their debts. This is important for banks when… Read More

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Opening packages, tasting fruit … what is allowed in the supermarket?

Germans love their supermarkets, as a survey by the German Ministry of Agriculture shows: More than half of all consumers shop there at least once a week. But what is allowed in a supermarket and what is not? The legal experts at Stiftung Warentest have compiled important rules. Nibbling on not-yet-paid-for sweets is prohibited, because the goods still belong to the store owner. Consequently, eating or drinking first and then paying is not allowed. Anyone who wants to buy fresh eggs can open the carton to see if the contents are intact. But it is not allowed to exchange broken… Read More

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Search online for lost items

Lost your wallet or glasses? Left your backpack on the bus? In such cases, the online lost and found office of the city of Tübingen can help. For the online search*, the date and the search area with a radius of up to 100 kilometers must be entered. There are 14 categories from identity cards to valuables. After a few clicks, searchers can find out whether their item has been found. If the lost item has been handed in, the owners receive a description, the place where it was found and the responsible office with which a collection date can… Read More

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Car racing prohibited

The public roads in Germany are used by many different people: pedestrians, bicycles, motorcycles, cars, buses, trucks and more. There are laws and rules to ensure that everything works smoothly. The laws dictate who can travel where, how and at what speed. The main purpose of this is to keep traffic flowing, avoid accidents and protect everyone’s life. These laws include the ban of illegal car racing, a topic of recent interest in the media. Anyone who organizes or takes part in such races, risks their own life or that of others. Furthermore, there are also severe penalties for this:… Read More

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Warning day in Germany

Starting this year, the nationwide warning day will take place in Germany. From now on, this will happen each year on the second Thursday in September. This falls on September 10th at 11 a.m. in 2020. Warning days and “siren tests” such as this used to happen regularly, but lately only North Rhine-Westphalia had been doing them. On this warning day, the sirens will sound everywhere, loudspeaker trucks will send messages, radio, television and social media will send information and emergency apps such as the NINA app will send push messages. The aim of these measures is to familiarize people… Read More

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Coronavirus is not taking a break

Daily, the number of people infected with the coronavirus is rising fast. This is true for the state of Baden-Württemberg and for the rest of Germany. Many people are bringing back the virus from their vacation or are getting infected during gatherings with family or friends. The Minister-President of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann, understands that people are longing for a break. However, he says: “The virus is not taking a summer break.” In fact, the opposite is the case, “It is using every opportunity to spread again.” The head of state wants to avoid a second coronavirus wave as it happened… Read More

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Going to the daycare center with a cold

During the fall, many children get a cough and a runny nose. This is also the case during times of the coronavirus. When are children with cold symptoms allowed to go to their daycare center and when not? The state of Baden-Württemberg’s public health department gives an answer to this before the opening of the daycare centers on Monday, August 31st. If a child has a runny nose without any other symptoms, a light cough or a sore throat, they are allowed to go to the daycare center. However, if they have a fever of at least 38 degrees Celsius… Read More

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Distorted picture: Immigrants in German media

How does the German media report about people with a history of immigration? The media researcher Thomas Hestermann from the Macromedia University of Applied Sciences investigated this in a study for the Migration Media Service. People with an immigration history rarely have a voice in the media – even when they are being reported on. In only 12.3 percent of TV and newspaper reports about immigrants, are those mentioned quoted directly. For example, the “Bild-Zeitung” (6.9 percent) and the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” (9.2 percent) rarely allow people with a history of immigration to speak, while the most quoting occurs in the… Read More

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Revoking purchases on the Internet or at the front door

Did you order a phone online and want to return it? Or did you sign up for a newspaper subscription at your front door and no longer want it? Such contracts can be revoked in Germany within 14 days. Whoever enters a contract in Germany must generally comply with it. However, the German Civil Code gives buyers the right to revoke certain contracts. On the one hand, they can revoke contracts that they have concluded outside business premises. On the other hand, the right of withdrawal applies to so-called distance contracts. Distance selling mainly refers to transactions on the internet… Read More

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Killing wild animals is punishable by law

If important flower pollinators such as bees were to disappear, the food supply of humans would be endangered. The Federal Nature Conservation Act (BNaSchG) makes the killing of wild animals a punishable offence: “It is forbidden to deliberately disturb (…) catch, injure or kill wild animals” (§ 39 Abs. 1 Nr.1 BNaSchG). This law applies to all wild animals, including insects such as hornets, wasps, bees or butterflies. www.gesetze-im-internet.de/bnatschg_2009/index.html#BJNR254210009BJNE004002124 tun060907 Impressionen zum Leben in Zeiten der Corona-Pandemie: Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL; Oula Mahfouz, 14.06.2020 Latest information on Corona: Click here  714 total views

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Academic life and family life in the time of Corona  

Youssef Kanjou My academic work as a researcher in Middle Eastern archaeology at the University of Tübingen and in the field of research usually does not happen at home. At the same time, my children are usually in schools and kindergartens. The situation, now, has changed because of the Corona virus: I can no longer go to university and my children are permanently at home. That has forced me to change my social and scientific lifestyle: on the one hand, I work from home and on the other hand, my family life challenges me. It costs a lot of time… Read More

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Corona: Additional body-related services allowed

Starting May 11th, tanning salons and other body-related services with comparable hygiene standards such as hairdressers may open in Baden-Württemberg. They must comply with special hygiene regulations. Explicitly mentioned are: massage studios, cosmetic studios, nail studios and tattoo studios. Facial services such as beard care, eyelash coloring and eyebrow plucking are again permitted in hairdressing salons. This is from the regulation of the state government on infection protection measures against the spread of the virus SARS-CoV-2 from May 9, 2020. tun051003 Impressionen zum Leben in Zeiten der Corona-Pandemie: Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL; Mostafa Elyasian, 12.05.2020 Latest information on Corona: Click here… Read More

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Higher fines for road traffic

With the new regulations on road traffic regulations, the Federal Ministry of Transport is also announcing new regulations on fines, which also came into force on April 28th. Consequently, the fines for violations of parking, stopping and for speeding are now higher. If the speed limit is exceeded, driving bans could occur earlier than in the past: in towns and cities when exceeding the limit by 21 km/h, out of town by 26 km/h. The unauthorized use of an emergency lane is now tracked and penalized in exactly the same way as the failure to create an emergency lane (up… Read More

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Disposing of hazardous materials

The collection points for problematic substances in the cities and municipalities in the district of Tübingen will start operating in their usual opening hours once again from May 4th. Due to the Corona virus pandemic operation of the facility was stopped end of March. Now, a safety distance of two meters must be observed both while waiting and when handing over the hazardous substances. In order not to endanger anyone, you should wear mouth-nose protection. It should be noted that, for reasons of capacity and in order to reduce long waiting times, only small quantities from households will be accepted.… Read More

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Cover mouth and nose on public transport and in shops

As of Monday, 27th April, people in Baden-Württemberg will have to cover their mouth and nose while using public transport or while shopping. This “mask obligation” also applies to bus and train waiting areas. The regulation applies to everyone including and over six years of age. This means that your mouth and nose need to be covered either with a non-medical “everyday mask” or with another covering, such as a scarf or a cloth. The aim is to reduce the spread of droplets expelled when people exhale, speak, cough or sneeze. Mutual protection will increase if all people cover their… Read More

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