As a matter of reference, I lived and worked in Germany for 12 years, first as a musician, then in computers, then my own motorsport business. Four of my children were born there. I was in love with the place for seven years and spent the next five trying to get out. You need permission to breathe in Germany and in the end, it made me into the Libertarian I have become.
Strangely enough, I am spending the next five years attempting to leave the UK for exactly the same reasons I left Germany. New Labour took just 13 years to achieve the impossible. Turning the British State into a German one. Something the Germans themselves never managed (not through lack of effort, I add)