Police confirmed on Saturday that a security error at Frankfurt airport meant that the data of 10,000 airport workers had not undergone a routine check.
Social Democratic Party chairman Sigmar Gabriel has called for substantial increases in Germany's education budget, saying that Germany "is not even up to the average" among industrialized nations.
The Free Democratic Party, junior partner in Germany's ruling coalition, has rejected the Interior Minister's proposal for a constitutional change to enable the army to be deployed within Germany to fight terrorism.
The number of crimes recorded in Germany in 2010 hit its lowest level since records began being compiled two decades ago for the reunified country, the government said on Friday.
German retailers are reporting the first shortfalls in imports of electronic goods from Japan, two months after a devastating earthquake crippled factories there.
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble backs his French counterpart Christine Lagarde as the EU candidate to head the International Monetary Fund, it was reported Saturday.