Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany (German: Bundesrepublik Deutschland), is a federal parliamentary republic in Europe. The country consists of 16 states while the capital and largest city is Berlin.Germany covers an area of 357,021 km2 and has a largely temperate seasonal climate.
Germany is a federal, parliamentary, representative democratic republic. The German political system operates under a framework laid out in the 1949 constitutional document known as the Grundgesetz (Basic Law).
Germany is often called Das Land der Dichter und Denker (the land of poets and thinkers). German culture began long before the rise of Germany as a nation-state and spanned the entire German-speaking world. From its roots, culture in Germany has been shaped by major intellectual and popular currents in Europe, both religious and secular.
[The German] economy is overregulated, intended to insulate insiders from competition and deeply resistant to change. Though Mrs. Merkel often harangues countries like Spain, Italy and Greece to become more competitive, the German economy features some of the same flaws that they do.
[W]rites Jean Pisani-Ferry, the French head of the Bruegel thinktank in Brussels[,] "France, which nurtured the idea of the euro from the outset and, 20 years ago, won over German scepticism, is now having second thoughts... Germany's undisputed economic dominance and its policy assertiveness are a source of anguish."
Steinberg's ability to eloquently frame a controversy was evident in 1998, when Jewish groups sought restitution for art and property that had been looted by Nazi Germany. He called the missing possessions "the last prisoners of war."
The platform for Germany’s success looks precariously narrow. Vehicles, machines, electronic devices and chemicals account for more than half of Germany’s exports, and exports provided nearly all Germany’s growth from 2001 to 2007. Optimists think Germany can keep its share of world trade.
It would be an overstatement to say that life in Berlin is dominated by the many reminders of the crimes committed by wartime Germany, as well as the terrible revenge wreaked upon it. But history has certainly shaped the city and its people. In Berlin there is an uneasy truce between conformity and rebellion. At times it seems so stereotypically Prussian that it almost parodies itself.
As the stream of internal EU migrants like [Javier] Conde [a native of the Canary Islands and an aerospace engineer, who moved to Hamburg] grows, so have fears of a brain drain from Europe's stragglers to nations such as Germany, a worrisome example of the strong getting stronger at the expense of the weak.
[World Cup] semi-finalists in 2006 and 2010. Finalists in 2008. Can Germany now go one step further, or will this exciting young team become the next "golden generation" to promise much but fail to deliver? ...France offered a reminder on Wednesday that they are contenders, as did Holland, but in Germany all eyes are on the reigning champions.
Angela Merkel [prime minister of Germany] possesses a rare gift. The more chaos engulfs her, the steadier she looks. The sudden downfall last month of the German president, Christian Wulff, whom she had picked for the job in 2010, did her no apparent harm. Nor did the naming of a successor, Joachim Gauck, whom she once opposed.
In... 1869, when German Jews were officially recognised as German citizens with equal rights, the Jewish community in Berlin grew to around 65,000. In the 1930s around 170,000 Jews lived in Berlin; a number that shrunk to 1,500 after the second world war.
After World War II, Germany criminalized not just Nazi symbols but questioning the Holocaust. Although many have objected that the laws only force such ignorance and intolerance underground, the police have continued the quixotic fight to prevent barred utterances, such as the arrest in 2010 of a man in Hamburg caught using a Hitler speech as a ring tone.