Social benefits will be increased in 2022

From January 2022, job center benefits such as social assistance or unemployment benefit II (Arbeitslosengeld II) will increase. This is what the federal government writes on its website. Single adults in Germany will then receive 449 instead of 446 euros. Couples will receive 404 instead of 401 euros per person. For children up to 5 years of age, legal guardians will receive 285 euros (previously 283), for children between 6 and 13 years 311 instead of 309 euros, for young people between 14 and 17 years they will receive 376 euros (previously 373). Young adults between the ages of 18… Read More

Student card during the vacations is not a proof of testing

During the Christmas vacations, the student ID will no longer suffice as proof of testing on buses and trains as of Thursday, December 23rd. The reason is the contagious Omikron variant of the Corona virus. This means that unvaccinated or unrecovered students between the ages of 6 and 17 will need a current negative rapid test on public transportation. They will also need a rapid test from Monday, December 27th, for visits to cinemas or restaurants. This was announced by the Ministry of Culture. The rule for minors will be in effect until Monday, Jan. 10th. After the vacations, 6-… Read More

New Year in different cultures

People celebrate the first of January in most countries around the world these days. Possibly the only Islamic country that bans New Year’s Eve celebrations on religious grounds is Afghanistan. There, the sale of goods in connection with the celebrations is also illegal. In many other Islamic states, the New Year celebration is a social occasion, not a religious one. In Syria, for example, some families celebrate New Year’s Eve with a dinner of family and friends, often in restaurants and clubs. In Syria, there are also game shows where people go to win money. Official television stations broadcast the… Read More

A tax against waste in Tübingen

The city of Tübingen wants to reduce the amount of waste from “to go” or “take away” packaging. The reasons: Overflowing public rubbish bins do not look nice. In addition, the city has to spend a lot of money for the disposal of the waste. That is why it is introducing a packaging tax on 1 January 2022. Shops such as snack bars, cafés, bakeries and petrol stations will have to pay it if they offer food and drinks that are consumed immediately or taken away. For disposable cans, coffee cups or bowls for French fries, the sellers will have… Read More

Opening hours over Christmas and the New Year

Businesses. Most retail stores are still open for half a day on Christmas Eve, Friday, December 24th and New Year’s Eve, Friday, December 31th. The situation is different for the official public holidays. On these days, all stores remain closed: on Christmas Day, Saturday, December 25th, on New Year’s Day, Saturday, January 1st and on “Epiphany”, Thursday, January 6th. Municipal offices and facilities. These are only closed on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve and on public holidays. From Monday, January 3rd, the usual office hours and opening times will apply again. Some of the offices and facilities in the… Read More

Baden-Württemberg limits contacts in private meetings

The state government in Baden-Württemberg is tightening the Corona rules once again before Christmas. They will apply from Monday, December 20th. In the current alert level II, contacts will be further restricted: If a person who has not been vaccinated or has not recovered attends a private meeting, a household may now only meet with one person from another household. Children and youth under 18 are not counted. Contact restrictions also apply to vaccinated and recovered persons. A maximum of 50 people are allowed to meet indoors, and a maximum of 200 people are allowed to meet outdoors. Again, children… Read More

Fake debt collection: Don’t pay the scammers under any circumstances

Scammers are always coming up with new tricks. Currently, they are sending fake debt collection letters. In this case, debt collection means that companies commission other companies to collect money for unpaid bills. In the letters, the scammers demand several hundred euros for alleged gambling subscriptions, for example. The debt collection companies ask to sign a direct debit authorization. They threaten, among other things, legal proceedings, foreclosures or seizures. But these companies do not exist. They are fake debt collectors. The consumer centre therefore advises: “Anyone who receives a fake debt collection letter should not react to it under any… Read More

Speeding and illegal parking is getting more expensive – the new catalog of fines

A new catalog of fines for road traffic came into force on November 9, 2021. This provides, for example, for a fine of 115 euros for exceeding the speed limit by more than 20 km/h in built-up areas, and 100 euros outside built-up areas If the speed limit is exceeded by more than 40 km/h, the fine is 400 euros in built-up areas and 320 euros outside built-up areas. An additional driving ban threatens if the limit is exceeded by more than 30 km/h in built-up areas and more than 40 km/h outside built-up areas. In the case of illegal… Read More

Please buy your ticket!

By Mostafa Elyasian Unlike many other countries, where you show your ticket as you board the train or bus, things work differently in Germany. Here, travelers board public transportation without first showing the driver their ticket. Passengers without a monthly ticket must purchase their ticket before boarding, or directly on the vehicle at a ticket machine. While you don’t show your ticket as you board, there are still people checking for tickets. These people board the bus unannounced, show their ID, and check for tickets. If you cannot show a ticket during the check, you must present your ID and… Read More

Halloween

The evening before All Hallows’ Day, Halloween, from October 31st to November 1st, was especially popular in Catholic Ireland in its beginnings. Irish immigrants in the United States of America followed this tradition to remember their origin and extended it. Since the 1990s, the Halloween customs, building on the American traditions, have become popular in Europe. Youngsters and children dress up as zombies or other scary characters on the evening before All Hallows’ day and go around in groups. They knock on each door and ask, “Trick or Treat”, which is a way of asking for candy. tun21102601 An Halloween… Read More

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