I think it's rather funny and impressive that Germany and France are seen as the only two countries that have wealth in Europe. Currently the world's financial minds are resting upon the idea that Europe is virtually broke...except France and Germany. Germany, the country who was completely financially devastated at the end of the second World War (albeit moreso after the first World War) is one of two countries that seems to not only have done financially well but is also retaining their wealth. New York mayor Michael Bloomberg said on the news this morning that it's come down to one scenario being France and Germany needing to bail out all of Europe. Now as German makes up a portion of my heritage I must say I'm rather proud that Germany has been able to bring themselves out of their financial debt and rise to where they are.
Information about Germany's WWI and WWII pay-off can be found in THIS article.
Information about the War Reparations can be found HERE.
Why Germany has found success, located HERE.