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From the West Germany economic miracle of the 1950s to Daimler, Siemens and BASF, Germany has chugged its way into the new century on the back of its export economy. A beneficiary of free trade within Europe, Germany has the continent's largest economy and the fourth largest in the world.

'No Reason for Concern': Energy Exec Says Ukraine Crisis Not Bad for Business

'No Reason for Concern': Energy Exec Says Ukraine Crisis Not Bad for Business

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 17, 2014

The political crisis between Europe and Russia continues to worsen and sanctions are coming. But Johannes Teyssen, CEO of utility giant E.on is unconcerned. He says the Moscow-Berlin partnership has promoted peace on the continent and warns against gambling it away. An Interview by Frank Dohmen and Stefan Schultz more... Comment ]

Crisis Management: Europe Eyes Anglo-Saxon Model with Envy

Crisis Management: Europe Eyes Anglo-Saxon Model with Envy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 06, 2014

Should the European Central Bank follow the Anglo-Saxon model and buy up vast quantities of sovereign bonds in attempt to finally overcome the euro crisis? ECB head Mario Draghi is under pressure to act now. But what are his options? By Henrik Müller more... Comment ]

Tepid Welcome: Germany Struggles to Lure Skilled Workers

Tepid Welcome: Germany Struggles to Lure Skilled Workers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 12, 2013

Germany must look abroad to make up for its shortage of highly skilled workers. But a series of obstacles, including daunting bureaucracy, stand in the way of foreign specialists looking to relocate. By Maximilian Popp and Janko Tietz more... Comment ]

Record Trade: German Exports Reach All-Time High

Record Trade: German Exports Reach All-Time High

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 09, 2013

German exports have hit a new record, reaching €99.1 billion in October. There is little reason for renewed criticism of German economic policy, however, because imports grew at an even greater pace. more... Comment ]

The Deal Makers: Coalition Deal Shows Rising Clout of Lobbyists

The Deal Makers: Coalition Deal Shows Rising Clout of Lobbyists

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 04, 2013

As the dust settled in Berlin, one group came out of last week's coalition deal an unequivocal winner: Germany's lobbyists. When it comes to shaping policy, corporate interests are wielding ever more influence on national politics. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

No Training, No Work: Unemployment Rising Despite More Jobs

No Training, No Work: Unemployment Rising Despite More Jobs

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 06, 2013

Although there are more jobs than ever before, unemployment continues to rise in Germany. Many long-term unemployed are looking for work again, but their lack of qualifications means they hardly stand a chance in a highly specialized industrial society. By Markus Dettmer and Kristiana Ludwig more... Comment ]

Economic Doghouse: Complaints about German Exports Unfounded

Economic Doghouse: Complaints about German Exports Unfounded

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 05, 2013

The US government and European Commission are complaining bitterly about Germany's hefty trade surplus and export orientation. But such criticism fails to consider how much the country's partners benefit from its competitive strength. By Alexander Jung, Christian Reiermann and Gregor Peter Schmitz more... Comment ]

Raw Nerve: Germany Seethes at US Economic Criticism

Raw Nerve: Germany Seethes at US Economic Criticism

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 31, 2013

German policymakers are striking back at the United States, after a US Treasury report blasted the country's massive trade surplus. Sensitivities in Berlin are still high over US spying on Chancellor Angela Merkel. By Christopher Alessi more... Comment ]

Coalition Talks: SPD May Drop Demand for Finance Ministry

Coalition Talks: SPD May Drop Demand for Finance Ministry

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 28, 2013

Clinching the powerful post of finance minister in coalition talks would be a major coup for the center-left Social Democrats. But they may drop the demand in return for policy concessions -- and due to tactical considerations by SPD leader Sigmar Gabriel. more... Comment ]

'Over-Banked': ECB Tests Set to Reveal German System Flaws

'Over-Banked': ECB Tests Set to Reveal German System Flaws

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 23, 2013

The European Central Bank's upcoming review of the euro zone's largest banks could expose weaknesses in the German banking sector. It may also reveal Germany's political role in limiting the scope and efficacy of the Continent's nascent banking union. By Christopher Alessi more... Comment ]

Preparing to Govern: Formal Coalition Talks Kick Off in Berlin

Preparing to Govern: Formal Coalition Talks Kick Off in Berlin

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 23, 2013

Official coalition talks began Wednesday in Berlin between Merkel's conservatives and the center-left Social Democratic Party. Central topics include energy policy and the minimum wage -- as well as Germany's hotly debated European policy. more... Comment ]