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Germany, Old and Wise?

A special report in The Economist says just that:

Germany does have some important lessons to teach the world, as this special report will explain. But the idea that Germany has got everything worked out requires some big qualifications. It has an ageing population, a growing share of which is either of non-German origin or poorly educated, or both. And Germany’s towering export surpluses are at risk because its trading partners cannot sustain deficits for ever. Strikingly, too, the German model is no longer all that German. Over the past decade the country has rewritten its recipe for success, incorporating many foreign ingredients, including some from the much-maligned Anglo-Saxons.

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About GG

Gundolf Graml is Associate Prof. and Dir. of German Studies at Agnes Scott College. He has a Ph.D. in German Studies from the University of Minnesota and has published articles on German and Austrian film and tourism. He is currently writing a book about tourism and Austrian national identity after 1945. Other research projects include critical whiteness studies and, most recently, investigations into the connection between memory and nature. At ASC, Gundolf Graml teaches courses on a broad range of topics, from German 101 to German and Austrian Cinema and Afro-German History and Culture.


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