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Germany is today politically the most influential country and the leading economy in the EU. High reputation in the world Germany enjoyes because of its strong economy. One of the ways by which Germany is strengthening its economy is highly developed economic, but also cultural diplomacy. Through foundations (such as Konrad Adenauer, Friedrich Ebert) and international organizations (such as GIZ (Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit)), which are established all over the world, Germany, through different types of projects, very efficiently gains information that converts into its chances for profit and influence. Supporting projects of different kind, Germany collects "fresh" and "insider" information about the host country which uses for the implementation of its international economic policy. In addition to this, it is very symptomatic that most of the GIZ activities, in the host country, are instructed http://(www.giz.de) by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Of course, the very positive actions of German government and its bodies should not be missed out. These actions contribute to the growth of developing countries concerning the strengthening of civil society, human rights, democracy, transparency and market economy. However, taking into account the nature of the economic logic of Germany, the saying "there in no free lunch" may be confirmed.
M.Sc. Aleksandar Plavšin –
Research fellow at the European Center for Peace and Development of the University for Peace established by the United Nations, Ph.D. candidate in diplomacy