Sport and fun during the Whitsun holidays

Some children and young people get bored during the holidays. Tübingen has a sports programme for them around Whitsun. It starts on Saturday, 18 May and runs until Wednesday, 29 May. The programme is especially for nine to 16-year-olds. Under the motto “Move together”, the city’s youth work programme and clubs have put together events such as aikido, adventure golf, archery, bouldering, frisbee or canoeing. The complete programme can be found at You can also register there and see whether courses cost anything or not. If you have a Kreis-Bonus-Card junior / Kreis-Bonus-Card extra, you do not pay any… Read More

Voting—but the right way

On 9 June, the new European Parliament and, in Baden-Württemberg, the new municipal and district councils will be elected. The correct way to vote differs depending on the election. Polling station or postal vote In all elections, you can vote in person at a polling station or apply for a postal vote to cast your ballot by post. In both cases, you will need a polling card. This shows where the polling station is located for voting on 9 June. You can apply for a ballot paper for postal voting on the reverse. This can also be done online, in… Read More

Decision support before the elections

Which party best suits your political convictions? Many people are asking themselves this question ahead of the European elections on 9 June. In Baden-Württemberg, 34 parties and voter associations are on the ballot paper. A Wahl-O-Mat from the Federal Agency for Civic Education can provide guidance and help with decision-making. In this Wahl-O-Mat, the parties registered for the election have answered 38 theses. An example of a thesis: “Asylum seekers should have to submit their application before crossing the EU’s external borders and wait there for the result.” How does the Wahl-O-Mat work? Those seeking guidance can agree with each… Read More

Open day at the Tübingen fire station

On Sunday, May 12, the Tübingen fire department invites you to an open day at the Tübingen fire station (Kelternstraße 21) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be an opportunity to take a look behind the scenes. Admission is free. From 10 a.m. to 4.30 p.m., there will be guided tours of the fire station building every 30 minutes throughout the day. The meeting point is the main entrance. At 11 a.m., 12:45 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., the professionals will show how to use a fire extinguisher correctly. Catering will be provided throughout the day. At the fire… Read More

“Tigers Career Day” careers fair

The Tigers Career Day job fair offers students and university graduates of all subjects the opportunity to find out about professions, companies and starting a career on Thursday, May 16. Between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., visitors to Tübingen’s Paul Horn Arena (Europastraße 50) can talk to companies and initiatives and also find out about studying, internships or working student positions. Admission is free. Visitors can also look forward to talks by experts, advice and guidance on starting a career. The program also includes a free photo shoot, competitions with prizes, snacks and much more. During the day, buses run… Read More

Aid organizations criticize the EU asylum compromise

Numerous human rights organizations and aid organizations for refugees are very critical of the reform of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) adopted by the European Parliament on 10 April 2024 (tuenews reported: tun24042201). On the day before the parliamentary session, 161 associations and NGOs from all over the world had appealed to parliament not to adopt the tightening of asylum law associated with the reform. The Catholic umbrella organization “Caritas Europa”, for example, particularly criticized the regulations “relating to the detention of families and children at the EU’s external borders and the discriminatory pre-sorting of those seeking protection and… Read More

Kurdish migration to Germany—facts and figures

With 25 to 30 million people, the Kurds are the world’s largest ethnic group with their own language, but without their own state. After the fall of the Ottoman Empire, their vast settlement area in the Middle East was divided up among the newly formed states of Syria, Iraq, Turkey and Iran. In the 19th century, an administrative reform of the Ottoman Empire created a province called “Kurdistan”, which was soon dissolved. In Germany, Kurds are not included in official statistics as they are categorised as belonging to their country of origin. Two academics who study the Kurds in Germany… Read More

European Court of Human Rights condemns Greece

For the second time, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Strasbourg condemned the EU country Greece in early 2024 for human rights violations against refugees seeking protection. The event took place almost 10 years ago: on 22 September 2014, the Greek coastguard tried to stop a refugee boat near the island of Pserimos and fired 13 shots at the boat. A Syrian father was hit in the head and died after months in a coma. Proceedings against those responsible were dropped in Greece. A PROASYL lawyer filed a complaint with the ECtHR on behalf of the family and… Read More

Family Day in Tübingen

On Sunday, May 5, there will be a varied program for children and adults at the sixth Family Day in Tübingen. Numerous clubs, institutions and initiatives will be offering hands-on activities, games, entertainment and exercise in a big city game. 14 stations are spread throughout the city—from Waldhäuser Ost to Südstadt. Culinary delights are also on offer. All offers are free of charge. The stations are open from 11 am to 4 pm. The closing event will take place at 4:30 pm on Lorettoplatz. There will be a raffle followed by a show with comedy magician Thomas Gysin. Anyone who… Read More

Jobcenter: Travel only with permission

Although Jobcenter customers are not entitled to a “vacation”, they are allowed to go away for a maximum of three weeks a year without having to forgo benefits from the authority. However, this only applies if the Jobcenter has approved the absence in advance. This means that anyone who receives citizen’s income and wants to travel during the period of unemployment and cannot be reached must inform the Jobcenter in advance and obtain its approval. If the Jobcenter has given its approval, benefits will continue to be paid for this period. Health insurance will also continue. If you receive citizen’s… Read More

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