Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Frankfurt an der Oder on Saturday to see the flooding affecting the eastern German state of Brandenburg. She praised the infrastructural improvements since the catastrophic flood of 1997.
A fourth bidder has joined the race for Germany's insolvent high-street department store chain Karstadt. A Russian consortium led by top businessman Artur Pachomov has shown interest.
Chancellor Angela Merkel is prepared to have Germany take in freed Guantanamo detainees despite having earlier refused US requests to do so, a magazine reported on Saturday.
A survey of the Social Democrats' local organisations has shown that many party members are dissatisfied with their leadership, and most believe the benefit reform Hartz IV is the main reason for the centre-left party's electoral failures.
Most Germans would prefer to watch their national team contest the World Cup final than have sex with their partners, a survey revealed this week.
The German government is considering retracting the much-criticised reduction in sales tax for hotel stays, which came into force on January 1. The measure is one of several aimed at shoring up Germany's ailing state finances.
World WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko will be looking to dispose of challenger Albert Sosnowski on Saturday with a possible unification title bout looming against David Haye.