• Starting January 10th, more tests in schools

    Starting January 10th, more tests in schools

    During the Christmas vacations, more students may have contracted the highly contagious Omicron virus - on vacation or at family gatherings. That's why there will be more Corona tests in Baden-Württemberg after schools reopen on January 10th. Students are to take a quick test every day during the first week of school, starting Monday. This is stated in a letter from the Ministry of Education. Exceptions will be made for...
  • In 2022, the minimum wage will be increased in several steps

    In 2022, the minimum wage will be increased in several steps

    In 2022, the minimum wage will be increased twice. As from January 1, the minimum wage will be increased from 9.60 to 9.82 euros per hour. In July 2022, the minimum wage will rise again from 9.82 to 10.45 euros. In addition, the new federal government plans to raise the minimum wage to 12 euros per hour. As the responsible Federal Minister of Labor, Hubertus Heil, told the media a...
  • Social benefits will be increased in 2022

    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...
  • Student card during the vacations is not a proof of testing

    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,...
  • New Year in different cultures

    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...
  • A tax against waste in Tübingen

    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...
  • Opening hours over Christmas and the New Year

    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...
  • Baden-Württemberg limits contacts in private meetings

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

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

    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...
  • Please buy your ticket!

    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...
  • 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...
  • Inflation: Corona drives up prices

    Inflation: Corona drives up prices

    Shopping and refueling is getting more expensive. When prices rise and money loses value, customers can buy less for the same amount of money they bought the same thing with some time ago. This general price increase is called inflation. This is currently the case, for example, for oil and electricity, for building materials, chemical products and microchips, but also for food. Vegetables in particular have become more expensive. According...
  • Immigrants wanted for integration council

    Immigrants wanted for integration council

    There is an integration council in Tübingen. It advises the municipal council and the city administration on integration policy issues. The Integration Council is looking for five people to become residents with expertise in integration and migration issues. If one of the incumbent residents leaves the Integration Council, a person from the list of replacements will take his or her place. Interested persons can apply until 15 December 2021. This...
  • Beware of fraudulent SMS

    Beware of fraudulent SMS

    There is a new wave of fraud on smartphones right now. Criminals are trying to spread harmful apps via SMS. “Be careful if you receive a ‘New voicemail’ SMS with a link behind it!”, says the consumer advice centre. Sometimes the scammers also write “You have a missed call”. Under no circumstances should the links in these messages be tapped. A new app is supposed to be installed via the...
  • 11 per cent of MPs in the new Bundestag have a migration background

    11 per cent of MPs in the new Bundestag have a migration background

    83 MPs with a migration background will sit in the newly elected German Bundestag, the parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany. That is 11.3 per cent of all 735 MPs, compared to only 8.2 per cent in the last election in 2017. This is the result of research by the “Mediendienst Integration”. Migration background means when a person himself or at least one parent does not have German citizenship...
  • Help for refugees in Tübingen at the new location

    Help for refugees in Tübingen at the new location

    The Social Welfare Department of the City of Tübingen has moved. It is now located at Derendinger Straße 50. It is about a ten-minute walk from the main railway station. Lines 2, 5 and 16 take about four minutes from the station to the Hegelstraße bus stop. The building is barrier-free and has a lift. In the department for assistance for refugees, the staff advise on all questions of daily...
  • New study reveals prejudices about clan crime

    New study reveals prejudices about clan crime

    Since 2018, media reports have often talked about so-called "clan criminality" of Arab-Turkish or Kurdish extended families and comparisons with the mafia have been made. The political scientist Mahmoud Jaraba from the Erlangen Centre for Islam and Law in Europe has accompanied and interviewed members of such families over several years. He now presented the central results of his research to the media service Integration. According to his findings, the...
  • Asylum center interviewed candidates for the Bundestag

    Asylum center interviewed candidates for the Bundestag

    What is your opinion on an asylum procedure / a social consultation that is independent from the state? What is your position on state-organized sea rescue? And: How can the federal government support / simplify the willingness of many cities and federal states to accommodate refugees from camps with terrible living situations? These questions were posed to four Bundestag candidates by the Tübingen asylum center prior to the federal election...
  • Help for refugees not available for a week

    Help for refugees not available for a week

    The social department of the city of Tübingen is relocating. This affects the departments help for refugees, social assistance and social planning. During the week from Monday September 27th to Friday October 1st, the employees are therefore not available. The new address after the move is: Derendinger Straße 50, 72072 Tübingen. That’s in the south of town. From the beginning of October around 65 employees will be working there. Their...
  • Social assistance: Forms online

    Social assistance: Forms online

    From now on, citizens of the city of Tübingen can apply for social benefits without having to appear in person for an appointment. For example, anyone who wants to apply for housing benefit or help with living expenses can fill out the form online, print it out and send it to the city by post. The appropriate forms can be found under the keyword “Social benefits” at www.tuebingen.de/formulare tun21081101 Im...
  • Tips and help for everyday life in Germany

    Tips and help for everyday life in Germany

    The brochure “Strengthening the consumer protection skills of refugees. A working aid in simple language” helps refugees to find their way in everyday German consumer life. The topics are briefly explained, followed by practical hints, tips and examples. The brochure also provides checklists, explanatory videos and overviews, often in several languages, e.g. Arabic. Questions on contracts, online shopping, reminders and debt collection agencies, labor and tenancy law, SCHUFA information, banks,...
  • Back to school in Baden-Württemberg

    Back to school in Baden-Württemberg

    Coming Monday, 13 September, school starts for all pupils in Baden-Württemberg. During the first two weeks, masks will be compulsory in schools. Schools usually inform parents in advance by post, e-mail or via the school homepages about other Corona rules in everyday school life and the course of the school year. These rules must be observed from the first day of school. tun21090801 Tübinger Schule. Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL / Mostafa...
  • People make climate change

    People make climate change

    By Ute Kaiser This summer, the news about natural catastrophes was overwhelming: heat and drought, heavy rain and floods, forest fires and storms. The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has now published a report on the reasons for these extreme weather conditions. The earth is heating up faster than assumed. This climate change is caused by humans. Their influence can be clearly demonstrated. This is the conclusion...
  • The battle for votes in the Bundestag election / Merkel era ends

    The battle for votes in the Bundestag election / Merkel era ends

    By Ute Kaiser The final spurt for the 2021 federal election has begun. Posters are hanging in squares and streets. On them, parties and candidates are canvassing for votes for the election on Sunday, 26 September, from 8 am to 6 pm. The Bundestag (= the parliament) in Berlin is elected every four years. The Bundestag represents all the people in Germany. Anyone who is at least 18 years old...
  • First study about „Russian-Germans”: well-integrated

    First study about „Russian-Germans”: well-integrated

    Since the end of the 1980s, 2.7 million people from countries of the former Soviet Union have migrated to Germany. With about 3.5 million, they form the largest immigrant group today. However, little is known about their situation. The migrant researcher Jannis Panagiotidis (University of Osnabrück, University of Wien since 1/8/2021) has recently published the first comprehensive study about this population group, which he calls “post-soviet migrants”. Incidentally, the current...
  • Security measures on social media for people in Afghanistan

    Security measures on social media for people in Afghanistan

    Facebook and Instagram allow people in Afghanistan to protect their accounts from getting spied on. Nathaniel Gleicher, Head of Security Policy at Facebook, wrote this on Twitter on 19 August. People in Afghanistan could lock their accounts for other users with a single click. This means that only friends can see the photos or posts in a user’s timeline. In addition, the possibility to search the friend lists of other...
  • Offers for caregiving relatives in Tübingen

    Offers for caregiving relatives in Tübingen

    Caregivers need rest so that they do not get sick themselves. That is why the Tübingen old people's welfare offers them various options that can relieve them. In the Pauline-Krone-Heim there are 16 places for short-term care throughout the year. The people in need of care are admitted to an inpatient facility. In many cases, the long-term care insurance funds cover the costs of the stay, writes the city of...
  • Advice and help with addiction issues

    Advice and help with addiction issues

    Nicotine, alcohol, medication and/or drugs: even some young people can no longer get away from their addiction.They can find contact persons at the youth and drug counselling centre in Tübingen (and the Rottenburg branch). The team provides free counselling and care for those affected by addiction and their relatives. The staff members from the departments of psychology, education and social work provide counselling and treatment for adolescents and young adults...
  • State pays a one-off 100 euros per child in August

    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...
  • Start with a friend in Tübingen

    Start with a friend in Tübingen

    Since October 2017 the organisation “start-with-a-friend” unites refugees and locals in Tübingen. They connect interested persons who exchange ideas in tandems and participate in intercultural programs. A team of 11 full-time staff, 25 fellows and more than 300 volunteers has arranged over 6000 tandems in more than 20 cities across Germany. In Tübingen, “start-with-a-friend” can be contacted via email at tuebingen@start-with-a-friend.de More information can be found on the webisite: www.start-with-a-friend.de...
  • Ticks transmit infectious diseases

    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...

    Baden-Württemberg’s new government is sworn in

    Winfried Kretschmann (Green Party) has been voted Baden-Württemberg’s governor for the third time. The 72-year-old was voted in by secret ballot by the majority of the representatives in the Stuttgart state parliament on Wednesday, 12th May. For the first time, Kretschmann became Baden-Württemberg’s head of government ten years ago. After his election, the eleven secretaries of the green-black coalition were sworn in. As the Green Party is the stronger faction,...
  • Ramadan in Covid conditions

    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)....
  • Ramadan in Covid conditions

    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)....
  • Educational and participation services in Tübingen

    Educational and participation services in Tübingen

    Families with little money can offer their children opportunities in school and free time that they could not otherwise afford. To do this, you can apply for benefits from the education and participation package at the District Office. For example: the transport of pupils to school, learning support (tuition), school trip costs and many other offers. Education and participation benefits are only given to those who are already receiving unemployment...
  • Helpline Sexual Abuse

    Helpline Sexual Abuse

    The Helpline Sexual Abuse by N.I.N.A e.V. is offering anonymous consultation as well as help for affected and concerned people. People who experienced sexual abuse during their childhood or youth or are currently experiencing by it, can receive support here. All questions concerning the topic of sexual abuse and child abuse can be asked here. The number is: 0800 44 55 530 You can also contact them by writing an...
  • Caution against fraud via SMS

    Caution against fraud via SMS

    During corona, many people order goods over the internet. Fraudsters exploit this. They send links about the shipping of packages via the short messaging system (SMS). These links lead to fake websites. This way, the criminals want to spread malware or gain access to sensible data, such as passwords or credit card numbers. This is called smishing, a composition of SMS and phishing. Internet specialists from the police advice: under...
  • Small purchases

    Small purchases

    A customer comes to Mohammad in the greengrocer’s and wants to buy a banana. What does one banana do? Do people in Germany live and eat for themselves? Mohammad suspects that many go shopping here because they want to have fun. In Afghanistan, where Mohammad came to Germany from five years ago, people would buy much larger quantities of food. Instead of one kilogram of potatoes, they usually buy three...
  • It’s worth applying for a tax return

    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...
  • Yellow sacks are available in Nonnenhaus

    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...
  • Scammers steal with fake emails

    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...

    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...

    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...
  • 2-EVERYDAY LIFE Diverse

    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...

    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,...

    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:...

    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....

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...
  • Daily news on Facebook

    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

    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...

    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....

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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,...

    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...