Germany has rejected Spanish proposals to impose sanctions on European Union members that miss economic targets.
Internal squabbling and a lack of tangible results in the first few months of the new government resulted in growing political pressure against Chancellor Angela Merkel from leading members of her own party over the weekend.
Broad stretches of northern Germany were closed down over the weekend by blizzards, with many villages completely cut off and hundreds of drivers stuck in their cars over Saturday night.
The extra tough security measures deployed to combat terrorist threats at last year's Oktoberfest in Munich will likely become a permanent requirement, organisers said over the weekend.
Courts in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia have offered to handle business cases in English for a pilot project under keen observation by other courts, which could soon follow their example.
Berliners kicking their heels in the snow after months of local rail breakdowns have been told the city will end rail operator Deutsche Bahn's monopoly over its urban train network.