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"It sounds like you intend on getting involved here. Most members don't. Two members of "Hanging with Friends" group from The Netherlands are Ian and Plinius (Chris). I know of none from Germany although there are some."
I am a British national who has lived in Germany for the past 14 years (9 previous years in the Netherlands, 3 in France, 1 in Belgium, and I worked for 7 months in Norway and 4 months in the US - I get around). I am married (no kids, thankfully), a pragmatic European liberal, and I make a point of keeping my emotions under control, but as is the case with many European liberals, the continued Islamisation of Europe is a serious concern (put me in the Sam Harris school of thought where Islam is concerned).
I started out life as a teacher, spent 20+ years working in IT, and these days I work part-time from home as a translator (German, French or Dutch into (UK) English. Though I would still like a full-time job in Germany in IT (not much chance, but anyway).
The UK's imminent departure from the EU is also a major concern (I cannot see one logical argument in favour), and I may well become a German citizen in the next few months, though the financial impact of the UK decision cannot be avoided.
I would like to be tolerant and open-minded about all things, but with religion (particularly Islam) it is sometimes very difficult to do so. My wife is a not overly zealous Buddhist, and I have no problems with that.
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It sounds like you intend on getting involved here. Most members don't. Two members of "Hanging with Friends" group from The Netherlands are Ian and Plinius (Chris). I know of none from Germany although there are some.