Saarland premier Peter Müller announced plans Saturday to step down as the state's top politician and CDU party leader in 2011. The news comes amid speculation that Müller will seek a spot on Germany's Constitutional Court.
With about 80 tractors leading the way through central Berlin, thousands of people gathered Saturday to protest factory farming and GM technology, a day after the Green Week food and farming trade fair opened in the German capital.
Some 500 residents in the small town of Becherbach in southwestern Germany have been told to evacuate their homes after highly explosive materials were found in a barn, a police spokesman said on Saturday.
Investigators in the German state of Saxony are looking into the pharmaceutical company Oncosachs on suspicion of paying bribes to doctors, according to a Saturday news report. The firm has denied any wrongdoing.
A 30-year-old man was arrested Friday evening in Berlin's Neukölln district on suspicion of arson, following a series of attacks on several mosques in the German capital, a police spokesman said.
Following reports of an alleged "mutiny" on board the German navy training ship Gorch Fock, German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg has dismissed the ship's commander, a ministry spokesman confirmed.