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As a nation, yes.
It is mostly untrue though. I heard that many Germans think that only applies to certain parts of Germany.
It comes from a national reputation for austerity which is emphasized by the fact that they have continuously prevented European countries from trying to heavily spend and invest their way out of the current recession. Instead opting for austerity. This has annoyed plenty of people (especially in Greece).
I think it comes from a national fear about the hyper inflation of the 30s and certain national and cultural traditions (See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prussian_virtues)
Individually, I'm sure it's not true like most other stereotypes. I'm Irish and I never drink, I'm not ginger and I don't dress head to toe in green.0
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