A month to go until Brexit

With a month left to go until the United Kingdom is supposed to be leaving the European Union, I’m watching the deadline approach and wondering what will really happen.

However much I have written and discussed the topic elsewhere on the web, I’ve been quiet here since I exchanged my driving license and gained German citizenship.  In some ways, that status at the end of 2016 meant security, as I knew I could remain in Germany whatever the outcome of the leaving deal (or lack of one) turned out to be.  I have followed other British residents in Germany through the process, and have often answered questions about it.  And I have seen others left with the uncertainty of not knowing what is going to happen, and not being able to do so much about it as they do not meet the minimum requirements to apply for citizenship.

A view of the English Channel taken from Dover Castle in April 2014

As the deadline draws closer, I read ever more articles in the UK press about what could be the case after March 29th, or in the event of “no deal” what almost certainly will be the case. [Read more…]

Frankfurt to be evacuated on Sunday

A large part of Frankfurt am Main is being evacuated after the discovery of a World War II bomb on a building site in the Wismarer Straße.

The bomb is a British HC-4000 air mine, also known as a “blockbuster” or “cookie”, and weighs 1.8 metric tonnes.  It contains 1.4 tonnes of explosives, is 2m long and has a diameter of 76cm, although apparently part of it is missing.

It is one of the largest unexploded bombs ever found in Germany, and as such making it safe is going to cause possibly the largest post-war evacuation the country has ever seen with at least 60,000 people having to leave their homes.

Frankfurt am Main looking North West

On Sunday, 3rd September, 2017 anyone living within a 1.5km radius of the bomb will be required to leave their homes. [Read more…]

And finally in 2016…

This year saw AllThingsGerman celebrate its 10th anniversary, albeit without much celebration.

It also saw the beginning of turbulent times for the United Kingdom.  I have been interviewed by the Taunus Zeitung and the Frankfurter Rundschau about the result of the referendum, and have been writing about it myself for the Oberurseler Woche.

But I have also been working on something else… and with just two days to go in 2016 I was awarded German citizenship.

German Citizenship Document - Einbürgerungsurkunde

“Ich erkläre feierlich, dass ich das Grundgesetz und die Gesetze
der Bundesrepublik Deutschland achten und alles unterlassen werde, was ihr schaden könnte.”

– Happy New Year! –

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