We can learn from Germany
Published 04/10/2010 | 08:11
WEST Germany's "miracle" recovery after World War Two was one of the wonders of the 20th Century, or any century. It owed a great deal to enlightened and extraordinarily generous American policies, but it owed more to its own people and their leaders.
In a few years, infrastructure and industry were rebuilt from the ground up. Germany began to retrieve its position as the leading economic power in Europe.
At the same time, it set about ensuring that the horrors of the Nazi period would never be repeated. It gave itself a new constitution, a stable political system and safeguards against extremism.