Photo Gallery: Germany Finds Itself 07/17/2014
 Germany's victory at the 2014 World Cup earlier this week was the culmination...
DPA

Germany's victory at the 2014 World Cup earlier this week was the culmination of a slow shift that has been taking place in the country since reunification. It first manifested itself when Germany hosted the 2006 World Cup. Germans are emerging from the dark shadow of their past as a confident nation that is increasingly finding good reasons to like itself. Here, female fans cheer on the German team at a fan viewing area in Hamburg.