It has a strong base in high-tech manufacturing. It has lots of world-leading small companies. Workers and managers work in harmony, its skills are world class, the banks lend for the long term, and it runs a massive trade surplus. Over the years, plenty of analysts have looked at the German economy, and wondered why the British, or the Americans, or the Spanish, or whoever, can’t be a bit more like the Germans. It has been a model of sustainable, solidly based prosperity and growth.