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On Germany’s election system

On Germany’s election system

The German Federal elections must meet the requirements of Article 38, §1 of the German constitution, “the delegates of the German Parliament (Bundestag) […] are elected in a general, direct, free, equal and secret vote.” This article talks about how Germany does proportionality, overhang seats, inverse success values and their threshold rules. It also looks at how problems represent themselves in the UK. …

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Economic Migration and Brexit

Economic Migration and Brexit

I was asked if I wanted to work in Germany, and sadly took too long to say, “Yes”. I was wondering what impact Brexit would have on such an opportunity. If the UK, agrees the Govt’s withdrawal agreement, there is a two year transitional agreement, which I think means that “Freedom of Movement” will continue to apply. But otherwise … 

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Berlin

Berlin

I originally wrote this for me, and used it to record stuff I need to plan and visit the city.  It’s still pretty much the same. It might be useful for others. I first stayed there at the end of the summer 2005. We stayed at the art’otel mitte im Mitte and visited the centre of Berlin with a quick trip to the Story of Berlin on the Ku’f’dam, which is worth revisiting. I posted my pictures to a  Berlin set in flickr which is now displayed as a slide show below/overleaf. I returned on business in 2007 and for a city-break in Jan 2019, again in March 2019 and again in Apr 2022.

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Frankfurt

Frankfurt am Main, the home of the German Banking System and now the European Central Bank. It’s taken me a while, since I never visited this city while at Sun (1997-2009) but have been there several times since leaving them. Here are my notes on visiting Frankfurt; here are my pictures on Flikr.

Currency

Germany use the Euro (EUR). It wouldn’t be home to the ECB otherwise. Yahoo converts EUR:GBP here…, and the Currency Converter by OANDA.com, the Currency Site. is also available –

The nadir, at LCY AMEX : 1 EUR:1 GBP 14 April 2011

Getting there

I try to travel to and from London City, LCY [this site] [their site], but there are only four flights/day by Lufthansa. Swiss Air does some silly indirects, as does I believe Malev. BA, it seems still does three direct flights. Same on the way back!

Lufthansa does eight flights a day via London Heathrow.

The Train from the Airport to Frankfurt Central Hauptbahnhof takes about 15 minutes and runs 5 times an hour, costs a couple of Euros. Taxi’s take a bit longer, drop you at the door and cost about 30 Euros.

Frankfurt Airport is the largest in the EU, even a walk from the DB station in T1 to the departure lounges took me 45 minutes. But I found a journey from LCY to Strasbourg by Lufthansa that travels through FRA.



Town Centre



View Frankfurt in a larger map

Trains

Wikipedia has an overground train route map.

Hotels

I have stayed in the +NH Frankfurt City and the Hotel Adina, an aparthotel, which I like and is staffed by great people. It’s so good, I’d spend my own money on it. I have also stayed at the NH Frankfurt Airport when I was dumped there by Adaria/Lufthansa.

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Mecklenburg-Lower Pomerania

Mecklenburg-Lower Pomerania

I hope to travel on a holiday along the German Baltic coast sometime. I shall use my trusty ‘Rough Guide to Germany’ as my first and last reference book. Originally written in 2008, and still not done in 2018, but there’s still time, although I have got rid of the Rough Guide as it was out of date by then.