- January 18, 2011
Germany's economy is in good shape because it resisted the fashion of neoliberalism. Europe should show the same defiance in the face of self-serving predictions that the euro is doomed. The financial and debt crises have highlighted the need for strong governments -- and for more Europe, not less. more... [ Comment ]
- January 03, 2011
Last year a record 40.4 million people were employed in Germany. However, behind the strong figures lurks a worrying structural change. Industry, the traditional motor of the German economy, is seeing its importance dwindle. more...
- December 31, 2010
There seems to be a lot of unanimity in Germany about the country's economic prospects for 2011. But while a chorus of optimists in business and government circles make rosy predictions of continued growth, some worry that the euro crisis could put an end to Germany's post-crisis euphoria. more... [ Comment ]
- November 12, 2010
Germany succesfully managed to thwart US demands for rigid rules on trade imbalances. The G-20 also reached agreement on limiting banking risk and reforming the International Monetary Fund. But Chancellor Angela Merkel's victory was overshadowed by rumors of an impending cabinet shake-up in Berlin. more...
- November 10, 2010
In interviews given in the run-up to this week's G-20 summit in South Korea, Germany leaders, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, are defending their country's trade surpluses and warning against currency wars. Her words are unlikely to find a warm welcome in Washington. more... [ Comment ]
- November 04, 2010
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development says that Germany is facing a drastic labor shortage. The country is dead last among industrialized countries in the ratio of those entering the job market versus those leaving it. Immigration, the OECD says, might be the only hope. more...
- October 28, 2010
German politicians tripped over themselves this week to announce that unemployment had sunk to an impressive low -- under 3 million. But German papers study the statistics and wonder how long the good times will last. more...
- September 29, 2010
The economic crisis turned Hamburg's port into a ghost town. Now that things are picking up, the container terminals at Germany's most important shipping hub are buzzing with life again. more...
- August 25, 2010
A soaring budget deficit on the one hand, the strongest growth in years on the other: The news on the German economy is both good and bad. On the whole, commentators say, the politicians seem to have got things right. There are still tough times ahead, however. more...
- August 13, 2010
Germany just posted its strongest quarter of economic growth since reunification in 1990. During the second quarter, an exports boom, increased consumption and government stimulus helped the country chalk up growth of 2.2 percent. more... [ Comment ]