The new face of Oberursel’s administration

The local elections last year in Oberursel saw a change in the ruling coalition.  The parties CDU and FDP had held a majority for many years and suddenly found themselves replaced by a mixture of the Green, SPD and OBG parties.

At the end of the day, no party holds more than a third of the seats, so the only chance for the town’s parliament to move anything forward is to work together.

It is something that is reflected in the new structure of the town’s administration in the Rathaus. [Read more…]

Violence in the Taunus area

Oberursel's town hallSeveral weeks ago a visitor to the town hall (Rathaus) in Oberursel attacked the people working there with a knife.  Only a day later I read that it was believed an attack  might take place at a grammar school in Frankfurt.

It’s not that these things don’t happen in Germany, but these two were too close for comfort – I even had a meeting the very next day at the town hall to attend!

It made me wonder if this sort of violence was on the increase.  Were these one-off attacks or threats?  I often read the local news and even the police press releases and can’t remember anything on quite this scale for a long time.

And yes, it worries me. [Read more…]

Hessentag in Oberursel – the permit

The Hessentag trailer parked outside the RathausRegular readers of this blog will by now know that the Hessentag will be taking place in Oberursel this year – in a few weeks in fact – and that I had been having trouble getting a permit to enter the town during that time to by able to visit my IT clients.

Not only has there been a lack of information for business owners in my opinion, but even when I spoke to the town’s mayor it did not change the situation much.

When I first tried to apply for a permit in February, I was told that it would not be possible before 1st April.  I was also told that I would need an ID card to apply – something that I do not have, and my British passport unfortunately does not show my address.  This was my first point of discussion, that someone had decided you needed a German ID card to get a permit. [Read more…]

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