Ever since Germany fomed in 1871, it has been a major world player. It was even a founding member of the EU in 1952. Although Germany's 20th-century history was often dark, it is now one of the most prosperous and stable countries in the world. It has struggled during the global recession, but it has also been a leader in facing the EU's economic difficulties. Discover more about the history, government, economy, and culture of Germany, including the unification of East and West Germany, Oktoberfest, and the famous Brothers Grimm.