Germany in the economic driver's seat

Germany's pursuit of manufacturing perfection and cooperation between management and labor have made it Europe's economic leader.

Friedrich Lehmann and Manfred Handte, employees at Noack Bronze-casting foundry, pour molten bronze into a mold.  Thursday, April 26, 2012. Noack is arguably the most important bronze-casting foundry in Germany, based in Berlin. Daniel Pilar/Special to The Washington Times

Friedrich Lehmann and Manfred Handte, employees at Noack Bronze-casting foundry, pour molten bronze into a mold. Thursday, April 26, 2012. Noack is arguably the most important bronze-casting foundry in Germany, based in Berlin. Daniel Pilar/Special to The Washington Times

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