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This is for the students and those on welfare, who most people will generally say cannot invite people to Germany. Theoretically, you can still invite someone to Germany BUT the person has to be able to afford their stay here. Examples are students who are inviting their parents to attend their graduations or just coming to “check-up” on them.

For students, maybe the invitation letter won’t change much but for those on welfare the invitation letter can save the invitee the need to provide hotel reservations when applying for the visa in their home country. I assume the student doesn’t have a home large enough to accommodate visitors but if you do, then you can always include that bit of info for the embassy.

The invitee will either have to show bank statements in their home country to prove that they can afford their stay in Germany OR have a fixed bank account in a German bank where they are allowed to withdraw €150-€300 a day during their stay here.


According to a report that was sent out by the Panafrikanismus Forum Munich, it  seems racism and discrimination is alive and kicking in Munich.

There were shocking results of  spot tests on racism and discrimination in Munich nightclubs and discos!
Pursuant to a motion of the Council of Foreigners of the city of Munich, a test to determine the incidence of racism and discrimination in night clubs and discos was carried out on Friday 19th April 2013 and Saturday 20th April 2013.
Six council members and supporters from different cultural backgrounds, as well as the journalist Isabelle Hartmann from the “Bayerischer Rundfunk” visited 25 clubs and discos in Munich on both nights to conduct spot tests as to the admittance in these facilities.

The results of the spot tests were shocking.

The participants with African and Turkish origins gained access into only five of the total 25 night clubs and discos visited. It is noteworthy that the reasons given at all the facilities where access was denied were similar: “private event, for students only, for members or regular guests only or even – only with reservation”!

You can engage in their activities and learn about their other reports and events at: www.panafrikanismusforum.net

The Bundesbank started issuing a new €5 note on Thursday which will gradually replace the bill that has been in circulation since the introduction of the single currency in 2002.

The older, grey note - the euro zone's smallest both in size and value - is to be replaced gradually with the new design which has upgraded security and better protection against wear and tear.

The €5 is the first of the euro notes to have a makeover since the common currency was introduced over a decade ago.

New features include several appearances of the female Greek mythological figure Europa in the note's watermark and hologram, and a shiny iridescent "5" on the front which appears to change from dark green to navy blue when the note is bent.

Designers have also covered the new version with a protective glossy layer in a bid to improve the frequently-exchanged note's lifespan, which at the moment is usually less than a year. An average €20 note, meanwhile, lasts two years and a €50 note up to four years.

The Bundesbank said on Thursday there was not yet a time limit on using the older notes, which would retain their validity for now.

Consumers would be able to exchange old notes at national central banks in all 17 countries in the eurozone when they cease to be legal tender, said the bank.

"The point at which the bank notes from the first [euro] series cease to be legal tender will be announced well in advance," said a Bundesbank spokesman.

Unlike euro coins, which bear landmarks from their country of origin, euro bank notes are the same wherever they are printed across the eurozone.

Designers chose originally to cover the notes with fantasy buildings representing Europe's many historical architectural styles, and the new €5 note retains its stylised example of classical architecture.

A new €10 note is currently in the pipeline and will be introduced next year, whereas a new €20 is scheduled for 2015.

DPA/The Local/jlb

The assets of German households have more than doubled since 1992. However, only ten percent of the population shares half of it, the bottom half has only one percent - and the state will be poorer.

  • The private wealth in Germany is getting bigger, the assets of the state, however smaller. At the same time, the richest are getting richer. The walk out of the draft produced for the fourth poverty and wealth report of the federal government, reports the "Süddeutsche Zeitung"

List of the 20 richest Germans:



Assets in billions of euro

Company shares


Karl Albrecht


Aldi Süd


Theo Albrecht


Aldi Nord


Susanne Klatten


BMW, Altana


Reinhard Mohn




Werner und Michael Otto




Friedrich Karl Flick




Ingeburg Herz




Reinhold Würth




Stefan Quandt




Curt Engelhorn


Roche / ehem. Boehringer Mannheim


Günter und Daniela Herz


Mayfair Vermögensverwaltung


Michael und Reiner Schmidt-Ruthenbeck




Otto Beisheim




Familie Haub




Familie Reimann


Reckitt Benckiser, Slough



Compiled By Maame Burmeister

nna Quandt




Heinz Bauer


Bauer Verlagsgruppe


Familie von Holtzbrinck


Verlagsgruppe Holtzbrinck


Hasso Plattner




Familie Braun


B. Braun




Uli Hoeneß is thought to have hidden millions of euros in Switzerland, safely out of sight of the German tax man. If he is proven guilty, the football legend will no longer be able to lead FC Bayern Munich as he has, comments ZEIT ONLINE's Oliver Fritsch.

He's skipped the last match against Hannover, but on Tuesday Uli Hoeneß will be in the stadium to watch Bayern face FC Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals. The very fact that his presence at such an important match would be questioned at all shows the dimensions of the tax evasion scandal enveloping Hoeneß.

The FC Bayern president has turned himself in for dodging taxes and paid an advanced fine payment running into millions of euros, according to Focusmagazine, the publisher of which sits on the football club's governing board.

Authorities are thought to have searched his lakeside house at Bavaria's scenic Tegernsee - despite the fact he turned himself in, which appears just as unusual as the fact that his admission had been leaked to the public.

The rumour circulating at the weekend that Hoeneß had stashed away a sum of more than €500 million has more or less been debunked. But we can be more certain that the Bayern boss failed to declare a seven figure sum in interest profits.

Still, Hoeneß has a good chance of getting off because he turned himself in. But the case isn't only a matter for the courts - it concerns the most important and powerful man in German football for the past two decades. 

Duties, discipline, business ethics

Hoeneß may occasionally fight with dirty methods, like with the secret marketing rights deal he made in 2003 (in which an undeclared six figure sum was transferred from KirchMedia into the club's funds). But even for many critics, Hoeneß appears to be a moral and honest man.

Hoeneß always put great importance in morals, they were his instrument. He wanted to be more than a football club chairman, he chatted on talk shows and at business conferences all about social duty, discipline and business ethics. 

He used his credibility to advertise for financial products. Many people wanted Hoeneß to go into politics, he was a kind of shadow president for many Germans, and he would even frequently chat with Chancellor Angela Merkel. 

Speaking to TV talk show host Günther Jauch about the possibility of raising taxes, he recently said: "We'll get nothing out of it! At the end the rich will go to Austria and to Switzerland." He also said "Drinking wine and preaching water, that won't get us very far."

This was the style with which he has led his club, and both became famous. Hoeneß was FC Bayern, FC Bayern was Hoeneß. The private man is hard to separate from the president. He stood for steady, solid finances.

He distances himself just as much from the turbo capitalism of the Russians and Arabs in English and French football as from the wasteful extravagance of the Spanish or Italian clubs. He's a man with a long way to fall.

How far the well-meaning patriarch now descends remains to be seen. Hoeneß wants to continue to lead Bayern at least. He is not thinking about stepping down, he told Sport Bild. But he won't be able to lead in the same style as before, as a champion of conservative values, as a squeaky-clean role model. 

It might suddenly become more difficult for him to criticise FIFA president Joseph Blatter's "pigsty." He might find himself on slightly less solid ground when he demands that UEFA president Michel Platini punish those who contravene the organization's Financial Fairplay regulations. 

And in the debate about sharing out TV revenue, some of his Bundesliga competitors, at least the squeaky-clean ones, can always remind him of a certain Swiss account.

This commentary was published with the kind permission of ZEIT ONLINE, where it originally appeared in German. Translation by The Local.


The Government in Hamburg is working towards encouraging African adults and youths to join the Police Force.

The Integrationbeirat of the Hamburg Senate organized an event on the 19th of April to help those interested “penetrate” this field and if possible get an Ausbildung(Training) or study to become a Police Officer.

With all the brutalities many foreigners (especially Africans) face in the hands of the police, the Hamburg government hopes having more Africans in the Force will reduce the victimization and increase diversity.

Mkenyau Jerumani



A Munich woman who could not afford to bury her mother spent eight months sleeping next to her decomposing corpse, which she kept on a sofa bed in her bedroom, a newspaper reported on Saturday.

The gruesome find came about only because the 39-year-old woman's deceased mother, a 70-year-old divorced pensioner, had died leaving outstanding debts, wrote the Süddeutsche Zeitung on Saturday.

When an appraiser from the district court arrived on Thursday at the flat in the Moosach district of Munich to search for objects of value to settle the bill, the woman told him her mother was dead.

Not only that, said the woman, she could prove it – her mother's corpse was still in the flat, as she said she had not been able to afford the funeral costs.

The appraiser notified police, who had to force open the flat door to find the remains of the woman's mother lying on a sofa bed next to where the woman had been sleeping.

Police will now investigate whether the woman, who was taken into psychiatric care at her own request, had been fraudulently claiming her mother's pension. However, investigators told the paper they did not believe this was the motive behind failing to register her mother's death.

Police said the incident was all the more tragic because the woman, who had been living on unemployment benefits, would not have been expected to stump up the funeral costs in any case.

Those unable to pay for the burial of a relative can apply for up to €3200 from the state to cover the cost, wrote the paper.

The Local/jlb

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