From the 19th century through to the first third of the 20th, Germany was arguably the industrial heartland of continental Europe - a position it quickly returned to after the war, leading to the coining of the phrase "economic miracle" by a Times journalist in 1950 to describe the transformation of Germany's currency and the recovery of its industrial base.
More than half a century later, and with a different currency, Germany's economy may not be exactly booming...
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