The global financial crisis has seen many nations sliding into a full-blown recession, accompanied by a sharp drop in spending. But some nations have managed to ride out the storm almost unharmed.
Germany has managed to stay out of harm's way, with the nation's gross domestic product rising at a moderate pace. This page collates DW's recent content on who has been or has not been affected by recession recently.
Since Jacob Zuma's rise to power in May 2009, South Africa's path has seemed ever-more rocky. The economy is suffering, poverty is on the rise, political decisions seem almost arbitrary. One reason is Zuma's alleged involvement in large-scale corruption and the increasing influence of wealthy families on the state.
President Michel Temer has predicted that his reforms will pull Brazil's ailing economy out of recession by next year. The country is facing a record high unemployment rate and its worst recession in more than a century.
During the US presidenial campaign Donald Trump's protectionist stance and haphazard policy statements convinced many it would mean recession and the death of globalisation if he were elected. Since his election though the Dow has risen steadily to hit 19,614 points only one month later
Madrid is one of the hottest, driest cities in Europe. Like all of Spain, the metropolis is just beginning to emerge from a punishing recession, so it doesn't have a lot to spend on high-tech climate solutions. It's answer? To cover itself in plants - on walls, empty lots, and every meter of free space.