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David McWilliams: We'll all shiver if Germany can't shake economic cold

Published 29/08/2012 | 17:00

IF you want to know where the classic 1980s power ballads (the theme from 'Dirty Dancing', Laura Branigan's 'Self Control', Heaven 17 numbers and assorted gems from the New Romantic era) ended up, look no further than German radio. While I was driving through the northern bit of the Rhine yesterday, the car radio offered up an eclectic mix, ranging from the reasonably nostalgic to the God-awful, in a display of Catholic music tastes befitting a journey that concluded just outside Cologne cathedral, Europe's biggest.

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The other noticeable thing about driving in Germany on a weekday is the sheer amount of commerce on the roads. The inside lane of the autobahn is an uninterrupted convoy of trucks shipping Germany's exports all over the continent.

If you want to feel the German economy, the best way is to sense the shudder of the thousands of trucks on the A3 autobahn, which bisects Germany top to bottom.

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