Growing up in England, Germany was always held up to me as a centre of excellence. German engineering is engineering at its finest. The trains are efficient. It is a prosperous well-organised machine of a country.
The memo didn’t get passed along to everyone here it seems. In my experience, the locals are just the same as everyone else.
Poor policing? That’s Germany for you. Trains delayed? Of course, it’s Germany!
The general consensus on the ground (from my totally anecdotal evidence) seems to be that German’s have a poor view of their government and their surroundings, just like any other country.
I guess now I write this I am realising I should have had the presence of mind to ask them which country they hold up to be doing things right.