In the fight to end child poverty, the centre-left SPD wants to shorten the tax exemption for dependent children. The SPD suggests using the money raised to pay for measures such as school meals.
Kate Winslet has accepted the lead role in a film based on best-selling German novel The Reader.
Nine people – including five children and a pregnant woman – died after an apartment building in the western city of Ludwigshafen burst into flames on Sunday night. About 60 people were injured.