The roof of the Arena aufSchalke in Gelsenkirchen, stadium of Bundesliga football club Schalke 04, collapsed under the weight of fresh snow at the weekend, forcing the cancellation of an indoor biathlon event.
The leader of the main opposition Social Democratic Party (SPD) Frank-Walter Steinmeier has set conditions for his party's agreement to extending Germany's military operation in Afghanistan.
Christmas Day saw snow and ice causing mass chaos on roads and railways throughout Germany, with the northern and eastern regions worst affected.
Germany is following the second trial of jailed Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky very closely, and the verdict will be a test of the rule of law, Berlin's ambassador in Moscow said on Saturday.
The director of the Kunsthalle art gallery in Bremen says the European Union's ban on light bulbs poses a threat to our cultural heritage. Many artworks from the 1960s used light bulbs, he pointed out.
Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has called on Iran to allow two imprisoned German journalists to see their relatives.
A member of a Serbian paramilitary group alleged to have committed war crimes in Kosovo has been detained in Germany and is fighting extradition, according to a Justice Ministry spokesman.