Chancellor Angela Merkel positioned herself closely to controversial Bavarian state premier Horst Seehofer at the weekend, saying the concept of multiculturalism had failed utterly.
The first northern snow of the season fell in the Harz mountains on Saturday, yet the temperatures of about one degree above freezing ensured nothing much remained by lunchtime.
A Munich firm has patented "night milk" taken from cows during the night, which it claims has high levels of "sleep hormone" melatonin and can improve the sleep of people who drink it.
Swedish furniture giant Ikea is calling upon European authorities to stop German local governments limiting where it can build its superstores.
Germans are increasingly taking to the streets in order make their point on political matters which might otherwise be considered best debated in places such as parliament or local government.
A strip of banned stamps bearing a picture of Audrey Hepburn in the film "Breakfast at Tiffany’s" were sold for €430,000 in Berlin on Saturday.