- Obama takes aim at ‘corporate deserters’
- Dick’s Sporting Goods lays off 478 PGA golf pros
- Senators: Cease-fire must allow Israel to defend against rockets, tunnels
- Sierra Leone doctor fighting Ebola catches disease
- Iraq welcomes Russian fighter jets, helicopter gunships into ISIL fight
- John McCain laments: Obama’s ‘self-pity … is really kind of sad’
- GOP offer to fix VA gives $10 billion in emergency funds
- Paul Ryan offers to repair U.S. economic safety net with a single grant stream
- Kim Jong-un builds bond with Putin: $250M Russia-backed addition to key port opens
- Pope Francis meets Meriam Ibrahim, a Sudanese woman sentenced to death
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.