Germany white-washed the United States 5-0 on Sunday to relegate the 17-times winners from the Fed Cup's top tier for the first time in the tennis competition's 48-year history.
Ernst Uhrlau, head of the German intelligence agency BND, said in an interview on Sunday that Berlin is not expecting swift regime changes in either Libya or Syria.
Former Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer has ruled himself out of the running as a chancellor-candidate for the Green party. The Greens are currently enjoying a ratings high, already fuelling speculation about potential candidates for the 2013 election.
Luxembourger Pierre Feller beat out the homegrown talent to win the downhill speed discipline at the third German office chair championships in the town of Bad König-Zell in Hesse on Saturday.
Frank-Walter Steinmeier, parliamentary group leader for the Social Democratic Party, wants the law changed so that every German is asked once in their lives whether they would be prepared to donate their organs after they die.
Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas has said he will visit France next week and Germany in May to seek advice on the creation of a Palestinian state.
Champions League semi-finalists Schalke 04 had to come from behind to rescue a 1-1 draw at Werder Bremen on Saturday night when they returned to German league action.