From the Ausländerbeirat: Good news, Bad news, No news and Forgotten news

When the Ausländerbeirat met for the first time after their summer break they had plenty to discuss.

They had received a letter from the Chairman of the town council, Dr. Christoph Müllerleile, which their own Chairman, Dr. Franz Zenker, read out.  It announced that the town’s council of elders had decided that with immediate notice the members of the Ausländerbeirat would not be allowed to sit in on committee meetings if they were closed to the public, unless the topic being discussed was particularly relevant to foreigners in the town.

This affects their participation in the finance, social & culture, and building & environmental sub-committees.  They will also not receive the documents associated with those parts of the meeting, unless the relevant chairperson deems it necessary. [Read more…]

And finally… the story of hessentag2011.de

Flying WWW - ©iStockphoto.com/alexhI could not let the year finish without returning to an issue that came up at the beginning of October involving the internet domain hessentag2011.de

The website www.hessentag2011.de was the official website of the Hessentag last year in Oberursel, and the AllThingsGerman.net blog had a number of links to the information contained on it.

To make sure that we do not link to websites that are not there, all of the links are regularly checked to make sure that they work.  So imagine my surprise when I received an e-mail at the beginning of October to tell me that the links to the Hessentag page were no longer valid! [Read more…]

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