It is part of the Schengen Area and since 1999 a member the eurozone.
Germany is a federal parliamentary republic of sixteen states. Germany is a member of the United Nations, NATO, the G8, the G20, the OECD and assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2011–12 term.
In absolute terms, Germany allocates the third biggest annual development aid budget in the world, while its military expenditure ranked seventh.
After 1945, Germany was divided by allied occupation, and evolved into two states, East Germany and West Germany. West Germany was a founding member of the European Community in 1957, which became the EU in 1993.
It is a major power with the world's fourth largest economy by nominal GDP and the fifth largest by purchasing power parity.
It is the second largest exporter and third largest importer of goods.
It holds a key position in European affairs and maintains a multitude of close partnerships on a global level.
Germany is recognised as a scientific and technological leader in several fields.