Via Facebook :
Rather than add to a very long thread ... I thought I would post separately. After many emails to German consulate in Kaliningrad, German ministry of Foreign affairs, German ministry of internal affairs, Solvit and your Europe my wife today received a call to tell her a Schengen visa has been granted to her. Of course her call to the consulate demanding to see the chief consul might have also had some bearing on it. Fingers crossed we will begin our new life in Germany on 16th April
Well done! Persistence and preparation pay off!
Lionel's story :
As I have said before, people will do what it takes to be with their loved ones - the essence of life itself. Oppressive rules which seek to divide people from their loved ones can only fail.
It's wonderful to see people take the initiative and resolve their situations. Long may it continue.
I have not lost faith. I'm not in despair, because I know that there is a moral order. I haven't lost faith, because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice. I can still sing "We Shall Overcome" because Carlyle was right: "No lie can live forever." We shall overcome because William Cullen Bryant was right: "Truth pressed to earth will rise again." We shall overcome because James Russell Lowell was right: "Truth forever on the scaffold, wrong forever on the throne." Yet, that scaffold sways the future. We shall overcome because the bible is right: "You shall reap what you sow." With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our world into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to speed up the day when justice will roll down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.