Gavin Hewitt in the Reichstag in Berlin
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How Germany became Europe's indispensable power

The BBC's Europe Editor Gavin Hewitt goes to Berlin to find out how comfortable the Germans are with their new role as Europe's most influential economic superpower.

The eurozone crisis led to Germany becoming the paymasters of Europe and, although Germany has bailed out many countries, there has been anger towards them with Chancellor Angela Merkel being portrayed as a Nazi by demonstrators in Greece, Italy and Spain.

Gavin Hewitt visits the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg - where many of the company's 10 million cars a year are built - and speaks to students at Humboldt University in Berlin about how they feel about Germany's success and other Europeans' resentment.

BBC News: The Editors features the BBC's on-air specialists asking questions which reveal deeper truths about their areas of expertise. Watch it on BBC One on Monday 24 June at 23:20 BST or catch it later on the BBC iPlayer or on BBC World News.

  • 25 Jun 2013
  • From the section Europe