Psychological analyses of the German character are the flavour of the week, what with the country’s team doing so well in the football World Cup and the debate rumbling over whether Berlin should stimulate domestic demand in the economy. Is there something that makes Germans naturally better at exporting, but scared of shopping (and capable of beating 4 – nil an Argentinian football team managed by Diego Maradona)?
After living here for a few years, I still believe Germans are not really any different to other nationalities. They are careful with their money, and like it when their national football team wins. But in an article in Foreign Policy, Mark Schieritz, economics correspondent at Die Zeit newspaper, sets out why he thinks his compatriots are intrinsically different. Read more