Table: Postwar Germany
Its economic prowess once drove European growth. Steady expansion ended in the '80s; growth since then has been fitful
Federal Republic of Germany founded: Christian Democrat Konrad Adenauer elected Chancellor. Beginning of economic miracle years.
Uprising against Soviet forces in East Germany. Refugees pour into West Germany.
Germany becomes a charter member of the European Economic Community.
Berlin Wall erected.
German exports boom: Auto industry flourishes.
Willy Brandt heads first Social Democrat government in West Germany. Welfare state takes off.
Baader-Meinhof gang targets German corporate bosses.
Arab oil crisis hits economy.
Helmut Kohl returns Christian Democrats to power. Cruise Missile Crisis.
Fall of Berlin Wall.
German unification takes place.
Kohl backs European Monetary Union.
Bundesbank's tight-money policy chokes growth.
Daimler-Benz makes corporate history by acquiring U.S. carmaker Chrysler Corp.
Gerhard Schröder of the Social Democrats elected Chancellor.
Launch of the euro: Bundesbank cedes control over German interest rates.
Schröder initiates reforms in taxes, pensions. Growth recovers.
The index for the Neuer Markt, Europe's top high-tech bourse, starts to plummet.
German growth decelerates sharply.
World Trade Center Attack: Schröder pledges full support for the U.S.