World Cup

Ralph Atkins

The brilliant summer weather has arrived, the football World Cup is about to start, German industrial orders are soaring.

Life in Germany is beginning to feel like it did in 2006, when the country surprised the rest of the world with its flawless and warm-spirited hosting of the last football World Cup, the weather was perfect and the country’s economy was growing strongly. The mood then was summed up in the feature length documentary “Deutschland. Ein Sommermärchen” (Germany: a summer’s tale), which became a cinema hit.

Data on German factory orders – watched here almost as closely as the football scores – showed a 2.8 per cent rise in April, extending the already-exceptional 5.1 per cent increases seen in March. Read more