The head of Germany's ADAC motorists' association took aim at the country's system of "green" traffic zones to cut pollution in city centres, calling it a "failure" in comments published on Sunday.
After a brief weekend thaw from the cold snap that has gripped Germany for much of December, the German Weather Service (DWD) predicted Sunday that snow and freezing temperatures would make a comeback starting Monday.
The leaders of economic powerhouses Germany and India said Saturday they were confident they could boost bilateral trade by some €7 billion euros, or about $9 billion, in the next two years.
A senior aide to the Free Democrats (FDP) who was fired last week for feeding information to the US embassy in Berlin also had access to secret government documents, according to a German newspaper report.
Three residents were found dead Sunday in the rubble of a home in Brühl, south of Cologne, that collapsed following an explosion one day earlier. The sole survivor, a 12-year-old boy, was discovered alive on Saturday.
Bayern Munich fans had double cause to celebrate Saturday as the team's 3-0 home win over St Pauli was followed by Germany star Bastian Schweinsteiger announcing he had signed a contract extension until 2016.