In addition, German industry has long been a global leader in many disciplines.
Over the past 25 years, it has also weathered the rise of the emerging
economies and largely retained its share of global trade – something other
developed countries have not managed to do. Until ten years ago, Germany
was a shoe-in for the title of the world’s number one exporter, and is still always
in the top three.
Germany’s exceptional position is helped by not having
experienced any of the political or economic excesses or national crises that
have affected other developed countries.