Worldwide "Made in Germany" has long been synonymous with quality, and this year was no exception. As the export industry continues to run at full steam, the euro crisis still has not kept up with the Germans.
Although businesses in Germany remain upbeat, domestic factory orders fell last month, signaling weakening demand for goods made in Europe's largest economy. Industry leaders call on the government for policy changes.
Germany's controversial trade surplus reached a new high in 2014. Economists say the trend is continuing this year, as the weaker euro fuels Germany's export machine, but not everyone is happy about it.
Business confidence in Europe's largest economy continued rising in March, according to a widely-watched survey by the Ifo research institute, with optimism surging to the highest level in eight months.
Inflation in Germany is back on track after a bout of low consumer prices that had policymakers worried Europe's largest economy could succumb to a period of harmful deflation.