German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives suffered losses in Sunday's European elections according to early projections, but they still had a clear lead over the humiliated Social Democrats.
Stricken German retail giant Arcandor held talks on Sunday with rival Metro over a possible merger of their department store chains, after hopes of government aid looked dim, an Arcandor spokesman said.
The heads of Germany’s theatre and opera houses have called for investments in permanent ensembles and a freeze on the growing number of temporary work contracts handed out to actors and dancers.
More than 25 people were injured, some seriously, after a historic diesel-run train derailed after crashing into a truck at an unmanned railway crossing in the Eifel region in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate on Saturday.
A 31-year-old Bavarian man, Michael Basting, set a new world record in speed kissing on Friday by smooching 111 women in one minute at an event in Berlin.
Germans head to the polls on Sunday to elect representatives for a new European Parliament amid fears of a low voter turnout.
Two American soldiers at a military hospital in Germany visited this week by President Barack Obama have contracted swine flu and four more probably have the virus, officials said on Saturday.