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Friedrich Nietzsche (c. 1875)

"What’s heaven? Heaven is where the police are British, the chefs are French, the mechanics are German, the lovers are Italian and the bankers are Swiss.

So then, what’s hell? Hell is where the police are German, the chefs are British, the mechanics are French, the lovers are Swiss and the bankers are Italian." [...]

Writers: Brothers Grimm, Goethe, Gutenberg, E. T. A. Hoffmann, Elfriede Jelinek, Franz Kafka, Thomas Mann, Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Nietzsche, Arthur Schnitzler, Schopenhauer, Karl Valentin

Directors: Fatih Akin, Fritz Lang, F. W. Murnau, Robert Wiene, Erich von Stroheim, Josef von Sternberg, Walter Ruttmann, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Werner Herzog, Wim Wenders, Volker Schlöndorff, Michael Haneke

"In 2018 the European Google tax initiative is given a weaker version because Europe feared tariffs on German cars."--Sholem Stein

Wanderer above the Sea of Fog (1818) by Caspar David Friedrich
Wanderer above the Sea of Fog (1818) by Caspar David Friedrich
A German autobahn in the 1930s
A German autobahn in the 1930s

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Germany is a country in West-central Europe. It is bordered on the north by the North Sea, Denmark, and the Baltic Sea; on the east by Poland and the Czech Republic; on the south by Austria and Switzerland; and on the west by France, Luxembourg, Belgium, and the Netherlands.

Various Germanic tribes have inhabited the northern parts of modern Germany since classical antiquity. A region named Germania was documented before AD 100. Beginning in the 10th century, German territories formed a central part of the Holy Roman Empire. During the 16th century, northern German regions became the centre of the Protestant Reformation. Following the Napoleonic Wars and the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire in 1806, the German Confederation was formed in 1815. In 1871, Germany became a nation state when most of the German states unified into the Prussian-dominated German Empire. After World War I and the German Revolution of 1918–1919, the Empire was replaced by the semi-presidential Weimar Republic. The Nazi seizure of power in 1933 led to the establishment of a dictatorship, World War II, and the Holocaust. After the end of World War II in Europe and a period of Allied occupation, two new German states were founded: the Federal Republic of Germany, generally known as West Germany, and the German Democratic Republic, East Germany. The Federal Republic of Germany was a founding member of the European Economic Community and the European Union, while the German Democratic Republic was a communist Eastern Bloc state and member of the Warsaw Pact until the fall of communism.

Germany is a great power with a strong economy.


German culture and counterculture

German culture began long before the rise of Germany as a nation state. Due to its rich culture, Germany is often known as das Land der Dichter und Denker (the land of poets and thinkers).

Germany, over the centuries, has produced a great number of polymaths, geniuses and notable people, such as Albert Einstein, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Kepler, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Immanuel Kant, Johann Sebastian Bach, Karl Marx, Richard Wagner, Martin Luther, Friedrich Nietzsche, Johannes Gutenberg, Richard Strauss among others.

German counterculture incluces

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