As German NATO troops take a more aggressive stance in Afghanistan, the Taliban is reportedly planning to step up its military campaign to exploit political sensitivities in the run-up to Germany's general election.
German airline Lufthansa has submitted plans to take over Austrian Airlines (AUA) to the European Union competition authorities, with the Austrians expecting a ruling in the middle of June.
Police in Hamburg are asking for information about an armed bank robber who disguised himself as an old woman on Friday, stole several thousand euros and escaped a huge operation to catch him.
Former Chancellor Helmut Kohl appeared in public on Friday, his first appointment since a serious head injury necessitated an operation last year.
The former Berlin headquarters of the Nazi regime’s instruments of terror, the Gestapo and SS, is finally on track to opening for visitors with a ceremony planned for Monday.
Despite some more optimistic data for the German economy recently, Frank Bsirske, head of the service industries trade union Verdi, has warned of mass job losses in the autumn.