I find it interesting that despite how easy it is for Europeans to invest in other European Union nations, Germans choose to forgo higher returns to be found in other countries and just keep their money yielding less at home. All European Governments guarantee deposits up to 100,000 euros and despite how hard the financial crisis hit Europe, no European government has defaulted on this promise. Germans have stashed 2T Euros in bank savings.
Despite being able to obtain higher yields, the collective mentality of the German people has been to avoid the perceived risks of the “lesser” European countries when there is really no risk at all.
Source: Saving Disgrace [link details missing / broken!!]