The first day of a three-day right-wing "anti-Islamification congress" in Cologne against a supposed "immigrant invasion" in Europe was marked by minor scuffles with counter-demonstrators.
Seventeen people were injured on Friday when a construction crew unwittingly detonated a buried World War II-era bomb in Hattingen.
Some 20,000 German chimney sweeps will have to get used to more competition after the Bundesrat, the upper house of parliament that represents Germany's 16 federal states, voted unanimously to pass a parliamentary resolution relaxing regulations on Friday.
Germany appeared reticent on Friday amid US and French calls for new United Nations sanctions to press Iran to comply with demands for halting its controversial nuclear programme.
Police arrested two men suspected of aiding the extremist group Islamic Jihad Union in the Frankfurt am Main region on Friday.
Proposed plans to erect a more than 50 metre (164 foot) tall statue of Jesus on a Bavarian peak have been overruled by the Bad Reichenhall city council. Even the clergy in the heavily Catholic region were against the statue.
German Family Minister Ursula von der Leyen on Friday said too many of the country’s companies still made it difficult to have a career and a raise a family.
Three officials called "Germany's dumbest bankers" have been suspended at state development bank KfW after it mistakenly wired a huge sum of money to Lehman Brothers as it was collapsing.
There are few places left in Europe where you can still enjoy a cigarette and a tipple, but the huge beer tents of the 175th annual Oktoberfest starting in Munich this Saturday are one of them.
The Social Democratic candidate for chancellor next year, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, has called on his party to end its divisive debate on the controversial reform package known as Agenda 2010.