German facts worth knowing

08 19 2017Recent Economist Magazine cover highlighting Germany’s influence in the world

Germany is a powerful nation, having an immense impact on Europe, and much of the world.  Here are facts worth knowing concerning Germany:

●By a wide margin, Germany is the world’s #1 exporter of cars: Cars are the world’s number one export product, besting crude petroleum revenues which have been handicapped by sinking oil prices. Last year’s 3 largest exporters of cars in dollar value were: Germany: US$151.9 billion (21.8% of total car exports), Japan: $91.9 billion (13.2%), the United States: $53.8 billion (7.7%)
●Germany has the fourth largest economy in the world—America has the largest economy—followed by China—then Japan–then Germany.
●Germany has the largest economy in the whole of Europe—by the way, its economy is far larger, and more powerful than the Russian economy.
●Germany is the world’s No. 3 arms exporter, after the United States and Russia –(most people are amazed at this stat)– Israel and Saudi Arabia, are among Germany’s elite customers. So are Algeria, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.
●The Israeli Navy presently maintains a fleet of five state-of-the-art German underwater submarines of the Dolphin Class, which can be equipped with nuclear warheads, with a sixth due for delivery this year. Germany makes some of the world’s most advanced high-tech submarines.
●Approximately 30.8 per cent of Germans, or 24.7 million people, are Catholics, while 30.3 per cent, or 24.3 million people, are Protestants. German citizens give billions of dollars every year to the Catholic Church.
●There are approximately 117,000 Jews living in Germany today, compared with 475,000 Jews living in France.
●Did you know that Germany is home to the largest Turkish population outside of Turkey in the world –there are nearly 3.5 million Turks who live in Germany.
●Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called Germany’s ruling politicians “enemies of Turkey” who deserve to be rejected by German-Turkish voters. Germany will hold a general election on September 24th; about one million ethnic Turks living in Germany can vote in that election.
●Here is a strange fact: Germany has one of the lowest birthrates in the world.  You might say there is a scarcity of children in Germany.  Over the past 20 years, about 2,000 schools were closed in Germany because of a scarcity of children.
●Deutsche Bank is Germany’s biggest bank, and the second-largest bank in Europe, Deutsche Bank is not doing well. This matters. Deutsche Bank is one of the world’s 10 largest banks in terms of total assets– the International Monetary Fund has said it’s “the most important net contributor to systemic risks” to the global financial system. So, if Deutsche Bank gets into trouble, this will shake the world financial markets…we will have more to say about Deutsche Bank in upcoming radio broadcasts.
●Deutsche Bank holds the world’s largest high-risk derivatives book—its portfolio of financial deals based on the value of other assets. It peaked at over $75 trillion. This position is very high risk.

American leadership in Europe is in decline—someone must fill that leadership vacuum—only Germany can do that.  Bible prophecies describe the final revival of the Roman system as a mysterious beast (Daniel 7:7, 19–20; Revelation 13:1–10; 17:3–8).  We believe that history and biblical patterns tell us that this final beast system will be a European system that emerges just before Christ returns—so continue to watch what is taking place in Europe, no doubt Germany will be the leader of this end-time “monster”.  Germany is not an aggressive power today—but that will change in the years ahead.

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