German Court Strikes Down Challenge To Mandatory Broadcasting Tax

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

The Federal Administrative Court of Germany dismissed 18 challenges to earlier lower-court rulings upholding the mandatory broadcasting tax known as the Rundfunkgebühr on Friday, declaring that the fee is indeed constitutional even if one does not own a radio or TV. This broadcasting fee has been around in Germany since the …

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Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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German Green Lobby Pushes For Hefty Tax on Throw-Away Coffee Cups

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A new tax has been proposed by Germany’s green lobby group, Deutsche Umwelthilfe (German environmental relief), and it is targeting cafes and backeries that contribute to the 2.8 billion disposable cups being thrown away in the country each year. The group has launched a campaign in Berlin, with the support of the city’s …

Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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Berlin To Begin Taxing Tourists For Bringing Their Dog On Overnight Stays

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

On January 1st of this year, the city of Berlin began charging a five percent tax on hotel rooms, hoping to bring in an expected €25 million a year extra for the city.  The new charge has already sparked some outrage among smaller hotels, but some new changes planned might just …

Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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