The centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) on Sunday regained power in Hamburg in a landslide election victory crushing Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives.
The two German journalists freed from an Iranian prison after more than four months arrived in Berlin early on Sunday accompanied by Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle.
Three Germans have been found dead and a fourth is presumed to have perished after being caught in a snowstorm while skiing in Norway.
Police raided offices used by anti-fascists in Dresden on Saturday evening after violence erupted when demonstrators hindered three neo-Nazi marches through the city.
Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg was awarded a medal at the weekend – the Order Against Dead Seriousness – by the Aachen carnival association at its gala event which is such a tradition that it will be broadcast on public television on Monday.
A gripping family drama from Iran, "Nader and Simin - A Separation", won the top prize on Saturday at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival, which highlighted the country's embattled directors.