• Europe’s Economic Engine


    Europe’s Economic Engine


Germany today is a country of remarkable diversity, with cultural differences, although Germans will never forget the dark past when the Nazi leadership occupied countries through forced deportation and genocide, now knows as the Holocaust. World War II resulted in the destruction of Germany's political and economic infrastructure and led directly to its partition, considerable loss of territory, and historical legacy of guilt and shame. The country was divided into four military occupation zones; the three western zones would form the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) while part of the Soviet Zone became the German Democratic Republic (East Germany). The Germans were repatriated to Eastern Europe (German exodus). In this process of expulsion, millions of Germans died. In the early 1950s, West Germany eventually came to enjoy prolonged economic growth. The recovery occurred largely because of the previously forbidden currency reform of June 1948 and from 1949 on partly by U.S. assistance through Marshall Plan loans. Across the border, East Germany soon became the richest, most advanced country in the Warsaw Pact, but many of its citizens looked to the West for political freedoms and economic prosperity.


While Berlin offers a wonderful combination of history, nightlife, architecture, and culture, it remains still an undiscovered treasure. It boasts of being one of the greenest cities in Europe - over 60% of its surface area is either a park or a river. The metropolis is a popular tourist destination – for instance, the ensemble on the Museum Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Apart from the Museum Island, there are many additional museums in the city. The Gemäldegalerie (Painting Gallery) focuses on the paintings of the "old masters" from the 13th to the 18th centuries. The Berlin Wall itself has become one of the largest open-air canvasses in the world.

Traveling from Berlin to the Bavarian capital Munich, you won´t miss other cities with wonderful architecture such as Leipzig, Dresden, Regensburg, or Nurnberg. In the Eastern part of Germany, you can find lively, charming villages and friendly festival in every region. Germany is also the country of Goethe, Schiller, Bach, and Beethoven and has been the home of many influential scientists and inventors. Germany is a “Land of ideas”.

The Federal Republic of Germany, with its capital, Berlin is located in both Western and Central Europe. It comprises 16 states and is one of the major political powers of the European continent and a leader in many technological advances, innovative research, and education landscape.


Being the EU´s most populous state and one of the world’s strongest economies, the country has developed a very high standard of living and a comprehensive system of social security. World-known multinationals have their headquarters here – Adidas, Puma, Nike, BMW, VW, Siemens, and others. Germany offers start-ups a good infrastructure and lots of funding opportunities. Berlin is regarded as Europe’s start-up capital and also attracts lots of international young entrepreneurs. What’s more,

Germany is one of the most sustainable industrial countries. Companies are committing to their social responsibility. This is the conclusion reached by an international comparative study of the 34 OECD member states conducted by the Bertelsmann Foundation in 2015. With its six-strong brands, namely Volkswagen, BMW, Daimler, and the VW-owned marques Audi and Porsche, as well as Opel (General Motors), the automotive industry is one of the forces driving the global mobility sector.


German punctuality, focus on details, and emphasis on quality are embedded in the country’s culture, and industry as well. German automotive sector is almost German national symbol. Top German car brands include Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi, and VW.

Germany also has a long tradition of beer brewing, and exports its “Hefeweizen” and lagers around the world. Annually, the biggest beer festival called “Oktoberfest” is held in Munich.

Did you know that Germany is a clean energy superpower?

Almost all Germans support green energy!
Two German states have already hit 100% renewable electricity.



Over the past three decades, Germany has cemented its role as a trendsetter for clean energy. Here’s why. Most people know Germany for things like its popular car manufactures Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz, its annual Oktoberfest – fun fact: Germany has 1,300 breweries and 5,000 different brew brands – and all those brilliant composers (Bach, Beethoven, and Schumann, anyone?). But did you know the country is also a clean-energy superpower?

Indeed, Germany was one of the first major economies to take significant steps to transition from nuclear and fossil fuels to clean energy, beginning in the 1990s. This transition was known as “Energiewende” (or “energy transition”), and its success is a major reason why Germans have come to embrace the many benefits of clean energy.

In 2015, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Schleswig-Holstein generated more renewable power than households and businesses in each state consumed.

The country is one of the top three countries in solar PV capacity, and on certain sunny and windy days, clean energy has provided almost 100 percent of the nation’s daily electricity need.

Almost all Germans support clean energy! A 2017 survey found that a whopping 95 percent of surveyed citizens rate the expansion of renewable energy as important or extremely important.

Source: The climate reality project


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