Essay on Germany: Germany and United States

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Pages: 13

Shea Johnson
Prof. Young
Term Project: Germany
Federal Republic of Germany

Shea Johnson
Macro Economics 101
Prof. Young

Table of Contents

I. History of Country…. page 1 - 2
II. Germany’s main Export’s…. page 3-4
III. Germany labor issues, American traded goods…. page 5 - 7
IV. Germany’s Gross Domestic Product…. page 7 - 10
V. Conclusion…. Page 10 - 11
VI. Work Cited…. Page 11 -12
VII. Graphs…. Page 13 -15

I. History German is a wonderful country to talk about. I was born at Ramstein Air Base in one of the German states of Rheinland-Pfalz and moved to California permanently when I was 14, when my father was transferred back to the US. The official name is the Federal Republic of Germany. The current President is Joachim Gauck and its first female chancellor in history named Angela Merkel. The country of Germany is located in central Europe. Berlin is the country’s capital. “Germany is made up of the North German Plain, the Central German Uplands (Mittelgebirge), and the Southern German Highlands. The Bavarian plateau in the southwest averages 1,600 ft (488 m) above sea level, but it reaches 9,721 ft (2,962 m) in the Zugspitze Mountains, the highest point in the country.”(1) Germany borders many countries, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Poland. The current population of Germany in 2012 is an estimated 81,305,856. The total area of Germany is 137,846 square miles. Berlin is the capital of Germany. Germany used the Deutsche Mark for their currency but adopted the Euro in 2002. Germany is the largest country in the EU in terms of population. Germany is a modern, cosmopolitan country. Germany is broken down into 16 states. The German states are like the United States; each has a leader, a head of state and has its own state laws but follows German law as well. Germany is a member of NATO, (North Atlantic Treaty Organization). “They also have currently Special Forces called, KSK Kommando Spezialkräfte, operating in the Northern part of Afghanistan working with the US and its allies.”(2) The current political system of Germany is parliamentary, and a democratic constitution emphasizes the protection of individual liberty and division of powers in a federal structure. The chancellor heads the executive branch of the federal government. “The major political parties are the Social Democratic Party (SPD); Christian Democratic Union (CDU); Christian Social Union (CSU); Alliance 90/Greens; Free Democratic Party (FDP); The Left (Die Linke).”(3) The colors of the flag of Germany are black, red, and gold going horizontal. “After World War II there was no official flag because there was no official government until 1948 when the Federal Republic of Germany was created, using the flag that is still in use today.”(4) The colors of the current flag of Germany don't hold a specific meaning, but have strong ties to the history of Germany and are accepted to represent republican democracy, German unity and freedom, of the country and personal freedom. The language of Germany is German. German citizens make up 91.5% of the population, while other ethic groups live there as well. “Turkish 2.4%, other 6.1% (made up largely of Greek, Italian, Polish, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish); Danish minority in the north, Sorbian (Slavic) minority in the east.”(3) The 2 main religions are Protestant and Roman Catholic 34% each and the rest is other or no religion. If you are not ethnic German and were born and raised in Germany, that doesn’t make you a citizen due to German Law but can be a resident there. Probably one of the most important events in Germanys history in the past 20 years was the fall of the Berlin Wall on Nov. 9th 1989, actually almost 23 years ago. The Berlin Wall separated East and West Berliners. The United States, France, and the British controlled