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Why is it that Germany being the victim of World War 2 is now leading all European economies?

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September 21, 2006 12:15AM

The indomitable spirit of the German folk, which remains undefeated. I'm puzzled by the expression 'the victim of WW2'. West Germany benefitted from American aid and from the Cold War. It has a well educated and highly skilled workforce. Between 1945 and 1955 it had no armed forces and therefore no military expenditure. Germany hasn't been involved in any war since 1945. This has also saved money for civilian uses. West Germany was a founder member of the forerunners of the EU, and this gave it a larger market than many other countries. Re-unification was horrendously expensive and the German economy stagnated between about 1999 and 2005 with very high unemployment. On most criteria, living standards are broadly comparable to those in Britain, France and Northern Italy. Living standards in the Scandinavian countries are higher.