It isn’t working to Germany’s advantage NOW, but then that is because the Europhiles have tried to push the EU beyond what it originally was - a common market where goods could be moved round the continent relatively unimpeded. Nobody signed up for this “united europe” nonsense. In fact the peoples of Europe have consistently rejected the concept in numerous elections (the results of which, naturally, have been ignored). Now by trying to push through that which is simply not attainable they have brought about a massive economic crisis, and Germany is going to be left to hold the can.
Governments are like drug addicted teenagers, and taxpayers in Germany and the USA are like the parents who gave their drug addicted teenager a credit card. You know those credit cards are going to get maxed out to help out their buddies, since Greece, Italy, etc. are already broke. Our government is also irresponsible, but it can still borrow money.