In what could be a lethal blow for Germany's title hopes, team captain Michael Ballack has been rated as doubtful to play on the eve of Sunday's Euro 2008 final against Spain after straining his right calf in training.
Berlin was in total party mode despite grey skies on Saturday, as the city celebrated the 30th edition of the popular gay pride Christopher Street Day Parade.
An 8-year-old girl has been attacked by a Great Dane in Wolfenbüttel, Lower Saxony police reported on Saturday, the third such incident in the northern German state this week.
Engineering giant Siemens is planning another huge wave of layoffs in Germany with some 6,400 jobs to be cut, according to daily newspaper Bild.
Millions of German football fans panicked last week as the broadcast signal of the Euro 2008 semifinal match was lost by TV channel ZDF for six long minutes. Steve Kettmann spoke with the man that saved the day.
Germany have shown two different faces at Euro 2008 - much like the character from Robert Louis Stevenson's famous 1886 novel. At times they have produced some good football, only later to turn in bad performances.