An insightful and in-depth analysis of the state of Germany’s economic and social policies and Germany’s role as reluctant hegemon in Europe.
PART I: THE FIRST ILLUSION: A SECOND GERMAN ECONOMIC MIRACLE?; 1. Introduction; 2. From sick man of Europe to economic superstar; 3. The employment miracle; 4. The export world champion; 5. A fiscally virtuous government?; 6. The investment gap; 7. The divided country; 8. The refugee crisis; PART II: THE SECOND ILLUSION: GERMANY DOES NOT NEED EUROPE?; 9. Germany’s role during the European crisis; 10. The importance of the euro for Europe; 11. Germany, the euro and the European Central Bank; 12. Germany as Europe’s reluctant hegemon