Germans have had a form of national healthcare for about 100 years. Conservative and liberals, employees and employers all embrace the national system as one that leads to a healthier, more productive workforce. So, when it comes to understanding the U.S. debate, they're left scratching their heads.
As Greece tries to recover from the bailouts, the failed economy and the austerity measures, a small group of protesters have gathered outside the European Central Bank in Germany to criticize the measures that bank has insisted on in order for Greece to access the bailout funds it needs.
As Greece's economy struggles to come back to life, one German is doing his part to get things going. He's long been a connoisseur of wine and eight years ago he moved to Greece to get involved in that country's wine market. Now he's trying to bring Greek wine to the world.
As Greece continues to try and arrest its economic decline, Germany OK'd another $170 billion worth of bailout funds to keep the government operating, to prevent the country from going bankrupt and to keep Greece in the eurozone.
On paper, Kosovo's economy is growing faster than any other country in Europe. But that's due in large part to Kosovars living abroad and sending money to family back home. Take that out and the economy stumbles.
Most new solar panels around the world went up in Germany last year. That's due in part to generous government subsidies that made them more affordable. But now, the government is reducing those subsidies in hopes the solar industry there will stand on its own two feet.
Yurko Nazaruk opened a restaurant in Lviv, Ukraine that is designed to look like the sort of underground bunkers used by insurgents during World War II. It was so successful he opened one that's themed after the country's Jewish community, all but wiped out during the war, Lviv-born writer Leopold van Sacher Masoch, who lent his name to masochism. But not everyone is pleased.
Carpooling.com launched in Germany to help a couple of college students stay in love. A decade later, the business is thriving in Europe and it's starting to turn its eye toward the U.S. market.
There's a burgeoning Spanish population in Germany and they're not going for the change in climate. As Spain's unemployment rate hovers around 23 percent, Germany's 4 percent rate is luring many of Spain's most educated to jobs outside their native land.
Two artists in Berlin have setup a Kimchi shop. They're not selling the Korean dish, though. They're bartering for it, and, in the process, hoping to get people talking about issues of diversity and differences.