Michaela Merz


Leave a comment

Cruise ships


When my youngest asked to go on a cruise during the holidays I felt very negative towards the idea. What should I, a freedom loving, individuality focused person do, squashed like a sardine in a tight space with thousands of others? I’d go insane after a maximum of 24 hours. The idea that I wouldn’t like it at all and that I would not be able to leave the ship was horrific. I had only been on a dance ship once. I was very young at the time. I found it horrible and swore to myself that I would never ever step on a large ship again. It’s not that I have an issue with ships. I love sailing, the water and I actually cannot really get enough of it. But a big ship that moves lazily through the water and in which you are pretty much held captive, was gruesome to me. Cruise ships seem like a heap of ants to me with a moat that feed their members but at the same time rule over them like dictators.

Continue reading


Leave a comment

Kreuzfahrten


Als mein jüngster den Wünsch äusserte in den Ferien eine Kreuzfahrt zu machen, war ich der Idee gegenüber extrem negativ eingestellt. Was soll ich, eine freiheitsliebende, auf Individualität bedachte Person eingequetscht auf engen Raum mit tausendend Anderen tun? Da werde ich spätestens nach 24 Stunden Wahnsinnig. Die Vorstellung, dass mir es überhaupt nicht gefällt und das ich dann nicht mal aussteigen kann, war einfach grauenhaft. Ich war nur einmal auf einem Tanzschifft. Da war ich sehr jung. Ich habe es grauenhaft gefunden und habe mir geschworen, nie mehr wieder ein grosses Schiff zu betreten.  Es ist nicht, dass ich ein Problem mit Schiffe habe. Ich liebe das Segeln, das Wasser und eigentlich kann ich nicht genug davon kriegen. Aber ein grosses Schiff was sich träge bewegt und in welchem man quasi gefangen ist, war mir ein Grau. Kreuzfahrtschiffe scheinen mir wie Ameisenhaufen mit einem Wassergraben, die ihre einzelnen Mitglieder versorgen aber gleichzeitig diktatorisch beherrschen.

Continue reading


Leave a comment

UNITED KINGDOM: UK firms will receive customs numbers that will let them trade with EU after Brexit


Thousands of British firms will finally be given crucial paperwork that allows them to continue trading with the EU after a no-deal Brexit. After months of demands from businesses, more than 88’000 VAT-registered companies will be given a registration number in the next two weeks that allows EU customs authorities to identify them.

Without the paperwork, known as an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number, UK firms would not be allowed to trade with the EU after 31 October 2019.

 

Image source: unsplash.com


Leave a comment

Iceland, Shetland, Scotland


I took some time out to travel to the north. That won’t be your thing if you enjoy reliable weather, warm temperatures and a beach holiday.

The north is rough and if I can guarantee you something, it’s that it’ll rain at least once if not several times. It will be cold and windy but at the same time, you will be in awe.

Continue reading


Leave a comment

Island, Shetland, Schottland


Ich habe mir Zeit genommen in den Norden zu reisen. Das ist nichts für diejenigen, die zuverlässigen Wetter, warme Temperaturen und Strandferien suchen.

Der Norden ist rau und wenn ich ihnen etwas garantieren kann, dann, dass es sicher mindestens einmal aber eher mehrmals regnen wird. Das es kalt und windig sein wird, aber gleichzeitig auch, dass sie nicht aus dem Staunen kommen.

Continue reading


Leave a comment

India – Webinar on the proposed GST e-invoicing system – 14 August 2019


The e-invoicing system is proposed to be the next big change in the GST regime, and the Government seems to be working actively on the same. The introduction of such an e-invoicing system would trigger changes in various requirements from a compliance perspective as well as an update of IT systems. Continue reading


2 Comments

AUSTRIA: E-Commerce Package from January 2021


The e-commerce package shall enter into force from 1 January 2021. The goal is to better ensure taxation in the destination state. At the same time, the simplifications for businesses (One-Stop-Shop), which avoids a VAT registration in every destination Member State, shall be extended.

Continue reading