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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.

EU Banking Stress Tests: 'Far-Reaching Reforms Are Needed'

EU Banking Stress Tests: 'Far-Reaching Reforms Are Needed'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 23, 2014

On Sunday, Europe will release the results of its banking stress tests. In an interview, former PIMCO head Mohamed El-Erian speaks with SPIEGEL about what to expect and how Europe's core countries are failing to adequately confront a flagging economy. Interview Conducted by Martin Hesse more... Comment ]

Out of Balance? Criticism of Germany Grows as Economy Stalls

Out of Balance? Criticism of Germany Grows as Economy Stalls

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 14, 2014

The latest indicators suggest Germany's once buzzing economy is beginning to stall. The development has created a serious dilemma for Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble. Critics say spurring growth is more important than his goal of a balanced budget. By Horand Knaup and Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]

Germany's Ailing Infrastructure: A Nation Slowly Crumbles

Germany's Ailing Infrastructure: A Nation Slowly Crumbles

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 18, 2014

Germany has long had a reputation for excellent infrastructure. But in recent years, both public and private investment has dwindled dramatically, and officials are increasingly concerned about how to solve the problem. They have good reason to be worried. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Angry Germans: Big Projects Face Growing Resistance

Angry Germans: Big Projects Face Growing Resistance

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 11, 2014

In recent years, a new protest culture has made it more difficult for to complete big infrastructure projects in Germany. Now leaders are growing increasingly frustrated with protesters' unwillingness to compromise, and worry they're endangering the country's future. By Sven Böll, Horand Knaup and Paul Middelhoff more... Comment ]

More Money Please: A New Plan to Boost Europe's Straggling Investments

More Money Please: A New Plan to Boost Europe's Straggling Investments

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 01, 2014

The euro crisis may have eased recently, but companies and countries in the common currency zone still aren't investing enough to fuel growth. The best solution, a Berlin economics institute argues, is to establish an EU-wide investment fund. By Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]

'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 ]