A German development worker was killed by insurgents in northern Afghanistan on Friday night. Development Minister Dirk Niebel described the killing as a "cowardly attack," while Chancellor Angela Merkel has expressed her shock.
German President Christian Wulff used his first Christmas speech to call for "solidarity and understanding" in German society. He also eschewed tradition by not delivering the speech from behind a desk and hosting 190 model citizens at the recording.
A new survey has found that 49 percent of Germans think Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle should resign. Westerwelle has come under increasing pressure from within his own Free Democratic Party (FDP).
The Left party has spoken out against a proposed museum commemorating Germans displaced by World War II. The museum is being founded without representatives from the Jewish Council or the Council of Sinti and Roma.
Bundeswehr soldiers on active duty in Afghanistan are hoping for a quiet holiday, though the situation in the Kunduz region is still too dangerous to relax.