Only just ahead of the United Kingdom, but in a list like this every penny counts. France has long been a global superpower, with as many as 30 of the world’s 500 biggest companies originating from France. They have been an influential voice within the European Union since its formation as the European Economic Community.
Germany is Europe’s biggest economy by over $1trillion and has set a shining example in the EU under the guidance of Chancellor Angela Merkel. They are also the second largest exporter in the world and have one of the leading automotive industries.