Apartheid in Europe? How Belgium is divising

04 April, 2008 18:28  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Europe was founded on principles of tolerance and freedom of movement for the population and the business. Brussels was lobbying the European Community to become the host of most of the European institutions and is now broadly seen as the capital of Europe. Therefore, it is awkward to see that it is actually in the country symbol of Europe (one of the sixth founders), and mainly in the neighbourhood of the main city, that we observe now all the signs of communitarian and racism. (More)


Delayed and cancel flights: your rights

24 March, 2008 20:01  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Passenger Rights in the European Union - logoLast time I was in Dubai, my return plane to UK was cancelled. Bad luck, but the company was not willing to offer any help better than "come back in 2 days" [1]. There are protective rules for passengers who suffer such uncomfortable situation. Unfortunately it depends whether you are flying in Europe, US or the rest of the world.

In Europe, the European Union Air Passenger Rights rules for delayed and cancel flights apply to all passengers with a confirmed reservation for any flight taking off from any EU airport or flying to a European airport on a EU member's plane company.

Passengers who are delayed for more than 5 hours may request a refund of their ticket and free accommodation, but only if they decide not to travel. In case of cancellation, you are entitled to compensation of € 125 for short flights to € 600 for long flights, and have the choice of rerouting or refund, plus meals, refreshments, 2 phone calls. (More)


The end of the red light district in Amsterdam?

17 March, 2008 21:16  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Red light District - Amsterdam - A girl in a windowAmsterdam is probably as well known for its canals, tulips and bikes, as for its red light district and coffeeshop (as the name does not explain clearly, places where you can legally smoke cannabis/marijuana as well has having a drink).

But now the area known for its sex-shops, sex-shows and brothels, is slowly changing, with the voews of the city council which has decided recently to clean up the expanding sleaze, crime and violence in the historic district (mostly blaming Eastern European pimps and international organized crime attracted by the Netherlands' lenient policies). The city bought 5 brothels and let for free for 1 year the 18 windows (out of 500 according to the IHT) to young artists, photographers and fashion designers. (More)


UK: end of the non-dom threat?

10 March, 2008 13:31  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Dating from the age of the empire, the non-domicile status was designed during the Napoleonic wars in the hope to get cash from workers in America. The law lets foreigners (and their British born children) claim a non-domiciled status and therefore put aside some of their wealth and income from Britain. Thus, 10% of the population living in Britain (bankers, but also east European workers) are entitled to use it , whereas the rest of the population are liable for tax on their income and gain worldwide. (More)


Petite Anglaise

29 February, 2008 18:33  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Petite Anglaise2006 was definitely a big year for Petite Anglaise: "dumped, dooced and outed, but also snagged a book deal" according to her own words.

Petite Anglaise was blogging under anonymous coverage about her life in Paris, that she made home 10 years ago, the familiar expat gripes, and sometime evolving to talk about her relationship and single motherhood, writing always with talent that was awarded several times by satin pyjamas.

Catherine Sanderson (the English Bridget Jones as she was described by the Daily Telegraph) became even more famous the day when the stupid-old fashion company where she was working in, the now condemned British accountancy firm Dixon Wilson, decided to fire her for gross misconduct [1] (that is the name they gave for having a blog). (More)


In the US campaign, Democrats Abroad chose Obama

28 February, 2008 01:11  EasyExpat EasyExpat

As I was saying on Tuesday the 5th, in the primary held in London by the Democrats Abroad (DA),  my personal feeling was well confirmed worldwide:  66% of voters chose Barack Obama against Hillary Clinton in the DA global primary result, representing thousands of ballots submitted by 164 countries and territories between Feb. 5 and Feb. 12. (More)


INTERVIEW: Networking and Expat Careers in the USA

25 February, 2008 19:43  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Biba PédronBiba has been specializing in networking for years. Her company, Biba4Network, helps business owners to connect to who they need and maximize their networking results.  Focus on Career aims to help Francophones to start their own businesses in the US and facilitate their expatriation.

Biba4Network, LLC  / Focus on Career

City - Country :
New York/Miami  - USA

On which economic sector are you acting and what is its advantage?
Biba4Network international network for proactive entrepreneurs and small business owners, helps people to maximize their networking results, connecting them to who they need to meet & training them to network more effectively so that they can grow their businesses faster. (More)


INTERVIEW: Financial Coaching - Paris, France

18 February, 2008 17:46  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Carmen - Financial Coaching - Paris, France

Carmen is managing a company in Financial Coaching, dedicated to expatriates and individuals in France.

FINANCIAL COACH – www.coach-financier.com

City - Country:
Paris - France

On which economic sector are you acting and what is its advantage?
My activity is devoted to Financial Coaching (advice) for individuals. The advantage is that my services are tailor-made.

Can you talk about your activity?
I’m sure that Financial Coaching can be useful for expats since French legislation for real estate (de-fiscalisation), and the French "financial" system itself may be complicated for a person who arrives in France to spend only a few years. (More)


Tax evasion: UK is targeting offshore accounts

08 February, 2008 22:38  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Threat of reality? According to the UK Daily Telegraph, Inland Revenue is carrying out a crackdown on people evading UK income tax by using offshore bank accounts, i.e. using their credit card to pay for living expenses in the UK.

The American Internal Revenue Service (IRS) carried out its own review on tax evasion through offshore accounts in 2002. Under the IRS rules, American taxpayers are liable for US tax wherever their income is generated. The rules is slightly different in the UK where the ordinary resident is only taxable on its income generated or spent in the UK (that is likely to change next April). (More)


Caucuses: SUPER TUESDAY tonight in the US

05 February, 2008 17:48  EasyExpat EasyExpat

The way of choosing the candidate for each party is rather complicated in America, even for insiders.

In the year of the presidential election (hold in November), political parties conduct national conventions to choose their candidate. During those conventions (summer preceding the election), delegates at the party convention choose the candidate.

Those delegates are selected at the state level according to rules determined by each political party (for example, this time, the Democrats - under the reform of Howard Dean - have decided to run a proportional vote everywhere, where each candidate is awarded a number of delegates in proportion to their support in the state caucuses or the number of primary votes they won). There are two types of primaries, closed and open. In a closed primary, voters may vote only in the primary of the political party in which they registered (i.e. a voter who registered as a Republican can only vote in the Republican primary). Most states hold closed primaries.

The caucuses are political meeting where  the voters of the party (selected by the primary election) select the delegates who will be voting for the presidential candidate of the party at the convention.

So as a summary: American voters SELECT registered supporters for the Party at the state level who SELECT delegates who will go to the national convention to SELECT the presidential candidate of the party.

Super Tuesday refers to the Tuesday (usually early February or March) where most of the states will hold caucuses (24 states will be voting today - the largest super Tuesday to date).

In order to follow closely the election and the selection process in the US, we recommend reading the blog: http://www.pollster.com

And for a more relaxed way to approach the (s)election day, here is the Seesmic video about Caucuses:

UPDATE: London "Caucus" - Porchester Hall, Bayswater

Democrats abroad count as America's 51st state at the Democrat Convention in Boston in July and bring with them 9 valid votes for the potential presidential candidates. They may have been thousands of miles away from home, but their votes, and those of other ex-pats living abroad, carry the same weight as half of Alaska and Wyoming according to the party's rules.

Today, Tuesday the 5th, Democrats Abroad organised a Caucus in London (US citizens were also able to vote by mail or on the Internet - There's a caucus in Oxford the next day, February 6, from 1:00 - 5:30 p.m. at the Rothermore American Institute). Good ambiance, "supporter cookies", drinks and T-Shirts available. Personal feeling: a lot of Obama supporters.

Here are some photos:

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Do you have other photos from other cities where they held some Caucus abroad? Please send some to easyexpat _at_ easyexpat.com and we will publish them. 


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