RTÉ business reporter Emma McNamara has spent the week in the German cities of Hamburg and Dusseldorf where she met German companies with Irish operations - and Irish companies with German facilities.

She also focused on the German apprenticeship system and the German economy - the biggest in the euro zone.

Day 1 from Hamburg

Jungheinrich's Des Kavanagh and Markus Piazza explains how the German forklift firm is faring both at home and abroad.

Day 2 from Hamburg

Emma McNamara finds out more about Germany's system of Dual Vocational Training and how it could help youth unemployment here.

Day 3 from Dusseldorf

Emma McNamara continues her journey around Germany and is in Dusseldorf to see how Irish businesses are getting on there.

Day 4 from Dusseldorf

Emma McNamara talks to Gisbert Keugler, managing director of IDB Deutschland, about the country's love affair with Irish butter.