"average economic growth beween 2001-05 was only 0.6%"
And still we are richer and more successful than most others! HOW DO WE DO THAT?
Not to mention that your data is outdated, better take that from 2007:
German Economy in Best Form Since 2000
Germany is getting back into economic shape after six meager years
Germany has won back its place as the driving force in the European economy, striding into the fastest growth for six years in 2006 and slashing its public deficit, data showed on Thursday.
The German economy, the biggest in the 13-country euro zone, expanded by 2.5 percent in 2006, its fastest rate of growth since 2000, the German federal statistics office Destatis
"2006 was a successful year for Germany," Economy Minister Michael Glos said. "The world's champion exporter is now also an economic locomotive."
Glos added that he thought Germany would be able to maintain its upswing in 2007.
"We have every reason to be optimistic about the future," he said. "The favorable 2006 GDP data is a good basis for a continuation of the upturn in 2007."
However nowadays socialists don't use a term "socialism" but "social welfare" . Sounds better -means the same
Well...we can afford it, figure that!
A rich, successful country offers a relative good and secure life not only for the broad society but even for the poorest of their society and it works!
"Baby shock: Germans are dying out."
Yeah...no breeding contest here! We are thinking about our (and our planets future) too...
Breeding like rabbits is for losers without thought if they or the environment can feed them... better is quality but quantity!