Most German households will have to pay more for their electricity in the coming year, with 344 of the around 900 providers already having announced a price rise from the start of January, according to the Berliner Zeitung newspaper.
Home improvement store Obi has been accused of misusing a safety approved seal, putting TÜV Rheinland stickers on 23 products which do not deserve it, according to a report in Der Spiegel magazine.
NATO has set out its gradual withdrawal from Afghanistan, with responsibility for security to be handed over to domestic authorities by the end of 2014, at a summit meeting which started in Lisbon on Saturday.
Bayer announced it was going to cut 4,500 jobs over the next year or so, with around 1,700 positions going in Germany, as managers focus on research and development, and marketing new products in emerging markets.
Reports are flying through the German media that al-Qaida has sent armed terrorists to Germany to storm the Reichstag, take hostages and kill as many people as possible in a Mumbai-style attack.
Germany's opposition Green party, flying high in the polls, opened its annual conference in Freiburg on Friday amid rising hopes it will make it to the big league in next year's regional elections.