A Munich policeman shot a 49-year-old woman on Thursday evening, after she reportedly threatened him with a knife. The woman died in hospital not long afterwards.
German sportscar maker Porsche said Friday a US court has thrown out a lawsuit brought by US hedge funds claiming more than two billion dollars in damages over its failed 2008 attempt to acquire Volkswagen.
Wolfgang Franz - chairman of Germany's so-called 'wise men' on the German Council of Economic Experts - has said that the government should balance its books before considering tax cuts.
Two politicians have caused outrage in Berlin by demanding that recipients of the unemployment benefit known as Hartz IV not waste their money on fireworks.
After the sub-zero temperatures of New Year's Eve, the weather is likely to get milder in the first few days of January, but dangerous ice is expected to form on roads.
Chancellor Angela Merkel used her New Year's address to stress the importance of the euro to Germany, after polls showed voters going cool on the single currency following the Greek and Irish debt crises.