The man known as the Bodensee taxi murderer escaped from a psychiatric institute on Saturday, sparking a huge manhunt.
The incoming Green-led state government of Baden-Württemberg has unveiled plans to introduce a speed limit on the autobahns and replace vehicle tax with road tolls. It also wants to build wind farms in the region.
The number of farms in Germany is declining at an alarming rate, according to figures compiled by the Agriculture Ministry.
German President Christian Wulff cancelled a visit to the new ThyssenKrupp steel works in Rio de Janeiro on Friday evening after hearing about the company’s restructuring programme which will mean the loss of 35,000 jobs.
Chancellor Angela Merkel tried to tone down her now controversial expression of joy at the killing of Osama bin Laden on Saturday by expressing 'relief' after a swelling disapproval of her initial reaction.
European officials strongly denied a report published on Friday that Athens was considering pulling out of the single currency area and going it alone with a currency of its own.