Tens of thousands demonstrated in Berlin on Saturday against the government's proposal to extend the life of Germany's nuclear power plants for another decade or more.
State interior ministers on Saturday said there would be no French-style mass deportations of Roma in Germany. But there was also criticism of the government's Roma policy.
Ahead of a United Nations summit on world poverty in New York, Chancellor Angela Merkel said more needed to be done to fight poverty around the world. Progress was "much too slow," she said.
Wolfgang Böhmer, Christian Democratic premier of the state of Saxony Anhalt, on Saturday warned of the possibility of the rise of a populist far-right party in Germany, "even if it is not clear who could lead it."
The Munich beer festival kicked off Saturday with millions of visitors from around the world expected to raise a glass or two to celebrate the event's 200th birthday over the next 17 days.
Feo Aladag's acclaimed drama 'When We Leave' (Die Fremde) is to be Germany's nomination for the best foreign language film Oscar in the 2011 awards. The story about honour killings has been a festival hit.
Germany's foreign minister Guido Westerwelle has formalized his union with his long-term partner and businessman Michael Mronz in Bonn, the daily newspaper Bild said in its Saturday edition.