A row between a 74-year-old man and a 35-year-old woman over a supermarket cart in Aachen escalated into a violent altercation in which two people required emergency treatment.
German retailers are still waiting for a breakthrough in their Christmas shopping business. The past week there has seen a continuing instability in sales, a spokesman for the German Retail Association (HDE) revealed.
Guido Westerwelle, Germany's tyro foreign minister and leader of the Free Democratic Party, said he would devote more time to domestic politics in the new year after a hectic and exhausting opening spell.
Bayern Munich finally gatecrashed the German title race on Saturday with an impressive away victory. Bayern produced a 5-1 romp at struggling Bochum, while Schalke won 2-0 at fellow title hopefuls Werder Bremen to edge the Bavarians into third.
One of President Barack Obama's senior economic advisors Paul Volcker said the US could take a leaf out of Germany's book when it comes to creating an export-based economy.
Europe's biggest carmaker Volkswagen began production of its popular mass-market Polo hatchback in India on Saturday, announcing it aimed to grab up to 10 percent of the fast-growing automobile market there.