The head of the Munich-based Ifo Institute for Economic Research is forecasting steady growth of 2.4 percent for the German economy next year.
Former England coach Steve McClaren received the dreaded vote of confidence from the board of struggling Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg on Thursday.
Germany's pre-Christmas travel chaos shifted from airports to roads and railways Friday. Frozen overhead wires caused the suspension of the Berlin-Hannover rail link, while ice caused several motorway accidents.
Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán has played down German criticism of his government's controversial new media laws, saying Hungary was conforming to European Union rules.
German Economy Minister Rainer Brüderle has rejected proposals by French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde for eurozone economic governance.
Fresh snow, wind and rain are likely to make Christmas Eve quite slushy for many Germans as relatively mild weather takes hold. But temperatures will drop over the holiday weekend.