Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives suffered a historic loss in Baden-Württemberg on Sunday, ending nearly six decades in power. The Greens will lead a German state for the first time.
Several German banks have lowered their ATM charges for withdrawing money from rivals' accounts, following government intervention.
Top advisors to Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble are concerned about commitments Germany made to the euro rescue package in a Brussels summit this week.
A German neurologist has attributed Knut's sudden death last Saturday to the consequences of an epileptic seizure, while recriminations about the demise of Berlin's famous polar bear refused to abate.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party risks losing power in its wealthy heartland for the first time in half a century in a crucial state election Sunday held in the shadow of the Japan nuclear crisis.
Some progress was made Saturday in the ongoing industrial dispute between Germany's train drivers and state-owned rail operator Deutsche Bahn. But the union announced strikes on private rail companies.
A Miroslav Klose double gave Germany a big push towards Euro 2012 qualification, as they trounced minnows Kazakhstan 4-0 at home on Saturday to keep their unbeaten record in Group A.