Guido Westerwelle, Germany's first openly gay foreign minister, said he fully aired Berlin's differences with Saudia Arabia over human rights issues during a visit to the country on Saturday.
The German government is considering putting back its tax reform plans for a year to compensate for lost revenue from the weak economy, according to Der Spiegel magazine.
The big snow storm for which Germany was braced on Saturday did not hit as early as expected, but freezing weather and gusty winds still caused transport problems across the country.
German investigators are uncovering the drug-smuggling business of the Syrian-backed Lebanese militant organisation Hezbollah, moving cocaine from Beirut into Europe via Frankfurt airport.
The US authorities have denied having made plans to execute Hamburg businessman Mamoun Darkazanli for his extensive ties to the terrorists behind the 9/11 attacks.
German companies have won contracts worth more than €100 billion to build Britain’s planned network of offshore wind farms in the North Sea.
Body scanners will be tested in major German airports as early as this summer despite concerns over privacy and unanswered radiation-related health questions.