I’ve lived in Jakarta, Paris, and all over the United States, so the idea of living in Germany didn’t scare me. But even though I did my research before making the move, nothing prepared me for the complexity of the German healthcare system. There are a million things more fun to shop for than health insurance, but it’s also one of the most important decisions you’ll make while living abroad. So here are my tips for avoiding the biggest mistakes I made when navigating the healthcare system in Germany. Click here to learn more about Germany’s best healthcare option for expats. 1. I went right into the public insurance without checking if it fit my needs When I first moved to Germany, I asked around to see what people recommended for health insurance. Right away, most of my friends and family advised me to get insured with a company in the public system. I didn’t know if there was a major difference, but it seemed like the right thing to do, … [Read more...] about Five Health Insurance Mistakes I Made When I Moved to Germany
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Once the honeymoon period comes to its natural end and homesickness hits, however, the reality of living and working in the capital kicks in. The language barrier, the competition for low-paid work, and the harsh winters in this transit city – where friends come and go – can dampen the love affair. The Local spoke to six expats who left Berlin in the last decade. Young, wide-eyed, and filled with wanderlust, they were drawn to the creative buzz, startup scene, and cheap living costs, but ultimately fell out of love with the city. Scraping by for a living Katya Petrova went to Berlin in pursuit of an creative career, but ended up doing a total of 19 different paid jobs here. Photo: Private. Katya Petrova, a self-described “urban explorer,” moved to Berlin in 2011 after completing three creative arts degrees in the UK. At the age of 25, she came to the city with a dream to work in a creative field by day and party by night. “I was young, naïve, … [Read more...] about Breaking up with Berlin: why expats fall out of love with the German capital
Some 25 notes warning of the consequences of a no deal Brexit have been published by the government today. Our colleagues at the Mirror have rounded up the worst of the small print - and it's not good news. Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab said: "You will still be able to enjoy a BLT after Brexit, and there are no plans to deploy the army to maintain food supplies." Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones added: "The writing is on the wall. No-deal would be a catastrophic failure of the UK Government that would cause huge disruption and serious, long-lasting economic and social damage to all parts of the UK." TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said the reports confirmed no-deal Brexit "would be devastating for working people." Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) National Chairman Mike Cherry said: "The dangers of a sudden and unplanned no-deal Brexit have today been laid bare." So what do the documents say? 1. It will cost you more to use your credit card The cost of using a credit card to … [Read more...] about Revealed: No Deal Brexit plans as Tories issue 25 crucial warnings
UK Politics 23 August 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-45284855 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Related TopicsBrexit Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has set out what he called "practical and proportionate" advice in case the … [Read more...] about What do the government’s Brexit “no-deal” papers reveal?
Consumers and holidaymakers face a multi-million pound hit if there is a no-deal Brexit because of a "likely increase" in the cost of card payments between the UK and the EU, technical papers released by the government reveal. Cross-border payments would no longer be covered by a "surcharging ban" that prevents businesses adding an extra levy when people use a specific payment method. The government's own figures from earlier this year say that the surcharges, which were banned in January, cost Britons £166m in 2015. The warning is contained in one of 24 technical papers covering preparations businesses should take in case the UK and EU cannot agree a deal before Britain leaves the trade bloc in March. The first raft of papers includes banking, medicines and clinical trials, nuclear research, workplace rights and farm payments. Brexit secretary Dominic Raab admitted the government is poised to recruit 9,000 new civil servants to work on Brexit - on top of 7,000 already - and said: … [Read more...] about What the Government says could happen if there’s a no deal Brexit