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.

Faber-Castell employee Wolfgang Mattner is measuring a pencil to controll the production quality (the cutter blades cutting of the several pencils from wood plates quickly wearout), taken in the Faber-Castell pencil manufactory in the city of Stein near Nuremberg on Thursday, May 3, 2012. Faber-Castell is one of the world's largest manufacturers of pens, pencils, other office supplies and art supplies, as well as high-end writing instruments and luxury leather goods. Faber-Castell is know for its "Perfect Pencil", an ordinary lead pencil enclosed in a beautiful silver case that includes a sharpener and can be reused as each pencil wears down. Christian Burkert/Special to The Washington Times.

Faber-Castell employee Wolfgang Mattner is measuring a pencil to controll the production quality (the cutter blades cutting of the several pencils from wood plates quickly wearout), taken in the Faber-Castell pencil manufactory in the city of Stein near Nuremberg on Thursday, May 3, 2012. Faber-Castell is one of the world's largest manufacturers of pens, pencils, other office supplies and art supplies, as well as high-end writing instruments and luxury leather goods. Faber-Castell is know for its "Perfect Pencil", an ordinary lead pencil enclosed in a beautiful silver case that includes a sharpener and can be reused as each pencil wears down. Christian Burkert/Special to The Washington Times.

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