Bärbel Bohley, a key figure in East Germany's reform movement that helped oust its communist leadership, died Saturday, an association she co-founded said. Bohley was 65.
A captain of German industry during the 1970s and a key figure in the Flick corruption affair, Eberhard von Brauchitsch, and his wife Helga have committed suicide together.
A 79-year-old woman is suing German entertainment mogul Stefan Raab after he took a video clip of her talking about her experiences at the hands of Soviet prisoner camp warders and made fun of her.
The Berlin Festival was closed early on Friday night and thousands of people sent home after a crowd built up around the entrance to one of the hangers being used as venues at Tempelhof Airport.
Protesters against the Stuttgart 21 railway project formed a human chain through the city on Friday evening, stretching between the headquarters of the two main political parties, with organisers estimating more than 69,000 people taking part.
Germany got its own version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, with the Friday evening opening of the Boulevard of Stars in Berlin to celebrate German-language films.
Germany's troubled Hypo Real Estate bank, which last year narrowly avoided bankruptcy before being nationalised, will get another €40 billion in state guarantees, a government agency said on Friday.