A man deliberately caused an accident while driving along a motorway in an attempt to kill his wife and himself on New Year's Day. Only extremely lucky circumstances meant they both walked away unharmed, police said.
Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has attracted scorn from rival parties for his apparent threat to boycott the Afghanistan NATO conference in London late January.
The New Year ushered in a tax relief package in Germany worth several billion euros, the first realisation of a campaign pledge made by Chancellor Angela Merkel's new government.
The German state foreign broadcasting network Deutsche Welle (DW) was the target of a deliberate jamming signal originating in Iran, according to a report in news magazine Der Spiegel.
The fifth anniversary of the introduction of the social welfare reforms known as Hartz IV is no cause for celebration, Left party vice-chairman Klaus Ernst said Saturday. The Federal Labour Agency also admitted there was room for improvement.
Austrian Gregor Schlierenzauer, the defending World Cup champion, won the second leg of the Four Hills ski jump event in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria on Friday. Germany's top-placed finish was Pascal Bodmer in 16th.