Germany is one of the world's most industrialised countries, located in central-western Europe. It is bordered to the north by the North Sea, Denmark, and the Baltic Sea, to the south by Austria and Switzerland, to the west by France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, and to the east by Poland and the Czech Republic.
Germany is a democratic federal parliamentary republic, containing 16 federal states (Bundesländer), which in certain spheres act independently of the Federation or "Bund".
Germany is a developed country with a very high standard of living, and it maintains a comprehensive social security, a universal health care system and diverse environmental protection laws. It is a global leader in several industrial and technological sectors.
The Federal Republic of Germany is a member state of the United Nations, NATO, the G8 nations, and a founding member of the European Union. More...
- 21 March 2018: EU approves German chemical giant Bayer's takeover of Monsanto.
- 16 February 2018: Journalist Deniz Yücel returns to Germany after release from Turkish prison.
- 5 February 2018: Berlin Wall now gone for as long as it stood.
- 18 December 2017: German film company UFA turns 100.
More Germany-related news in English can be found at Deutsche Welle, Tagesschau, and Der Spiegel.