The continuous rain over the last few days has led to overflowing rivers and flooded streets in parts of eastern Germany. Emergency services have been called out and sand bags distributed to some residents.
The head of Germany's Social Democrats, Sigmar Gabriel, is calling for a ban on the country's far-right National Democratic Party (NPD). He has a majority of Germans on his side, but fewer politicians.
A new poll has found that 70 percent of Germans are in favor of a mandatory quota for women in executive positions at German companies. Even a majority of men have signed on to the idea.
Germany has often had the luck of the draw in World Cup qualifying selection, and the story was no different on Saturday night in Rio de Janeiro. While its Group C competitors aren't lightweights, the challenge is manageable, officials say.
Bayer Leverkusen and six-time winner Werder Bremen were both eliminated from the German Cup at the first hurdle on Saturday, but Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund eased into round two.