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When one thinks about global geopolitical history, it is often in terms of winners and losers. Country X conquers Country Y and so Country Y is either absorbed by Country X or brought under County X’s tacit control. Germany does not fit that mold, however. This is a country who was globally defeated twice by several antagonistic powers and rose again to become a rich and influential state. A nation, who was responsible for some of the most reprehensible war crimes known to man within the last century, sits among its contemporary peers in the UN and decries similar actions perpetrated by other states. Germany has been able to replace its power in the region from military dominance to economic and political dominance, allowing it to…show more content…
German is the official language of Germany. Catholics and Protestants make up the two major religious denominations with 34% of the population each. Muslims account for 3.7%, while the remainder 28.3% are either unaffiliated or participate in one of many culturally smaller religions. With a population of over 80 million, Germany is most populated country in the region outside of Russia. Innovations in technology and an acute ability to exploit the resources that are available to them have made the German people and the country of German as a whole successful in the global economy. Germany currently has the largest economy in Europe and the fifth largest in the world. Germany has been a long-time exporter of automobiles, most notably under the Daimler-Chrysler and Volkswagen brands. Other major German of note include: insurance company Allianz World Wide, banking giant Deutsche Banking Group, global conglomerate Siemens, chemical and pharmaceutical giant Bayer, and the software and services company SAP. Like most modern western economies, the majority of Germany’s economy comes from the service industry with about 69% of the country’s GDP coming from this sector. Industries, like automotive, pharmaceutical, and technological, make up about a little of 30% of the GDP. Agriculture in Germany accounts for less than 1% of the country’s
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