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Germany

Former Chancellor Adenauer is Germany’s Best

German television viewers have voted post-war Chancellor Konrad Adenauer as the greatest German of all time. Adenauer, who served from 1949 to 1963 and helped re-establish German democracy after the Nazi era, beat reformation monk Martin Luther into second place, with communist philosopher Karl Marx third in the final poll of ZDF television’s “Our Best” show. More than three million votes were registered by phone, text message and over the internet resulting in victory for the man who oversaw the first years of the German economic miracle - a cause for some nostalgia as Germany’s modern economy languishes in near-recession.