The Christian Social Union (CSU) showed unanimous support for leader Horst Seehofer at its party conference in Munich this weekend, despite the rising popularity of Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg.
The conservative Christian Democrats have hinted at tax cuts for low and medium income earners after 2012, even while the opposition Social Democrats insist there is no room for any reduction.
Germany will introduce a new ID card on Monday that includes a chip containing a photo and personal data. Critics say the chip is too easily hacked.
Nearly two thirds of Germans believe the country's economic recovery owes more to global factors than the government's handling of the financial crisis, a new poll suggests.
German clubs Werder Bremen and Schalke warmed up in poor fashion for crunch Champions League clashes on Tuesday, each suffering a defeat at home in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
Germany will no longer accept air freight from Yemen, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere announced late Saturday after parcel bombs posted in that country were found on US-bound cargo flights.