Photo Gallery: Germany Finds Itself
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Photo Gallery: Germany Finds Itself

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The Bearable Lightness of Being How Germans Are Learning to Like Themselves

Germans discovered a new lightness of being in the run-up to their World Cup victory. It's a shift apparent not only in football. Increasingly confident and content, Germany is emerging from the dark shadows of its past, but its global role remains elusive.
Von SPIEGEL Staff
Translated from the German by Daryl Lindsey and Charles Hawley