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1. If your site is aimed at the DE market, I use to say either .com hosted in Germany or .de hosted anywhere.
2. Couple of weeks ago though, Google rolled out a new feature in their Webmaster tool to let them know the localisation of your site.
But that's only Google, so I would still go for either solutions in 1.