Focus on Germany

Friday 06 September 2013 09.13
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German economy the biggest in the euro zone
German economy the biggest in the euro zone
Breakfast in Germany would not be complete without some Irish butter
Breakfast in Germany would not be complete without some Irish butter

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.