Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said on Saturday he saw no danger of Germany losing its top grade with the world's credit ratings agencies, considering the budget cuts the government has made.
Dietmar Bartsch, deputy leader of the Left party's parliamentary faction, has rounded on MPs in a regional parliament who refused to observe a minute's silence for those who died trying to escape over the Berlin Wall.
German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich has welcomed the suggestion to put privately-hired armed guards on cargo vessels to stop pirate attacks.
The Munich-based Institute for Economic Research (IFO) said on Saturday that the decision to close Germany's nuclear reactors was one of the reasons why the economy's growth was down in the second quarter of the year.
German police said on Friday they had seized 100 kilogrammes (220 pounds) of cocaine concealed in containers in the northern harbour of Bremerhaven - the narcotics brigade's second largest ever haul.
Borussia Mönchengladbach continued their storming start to the season with a Marco Reus double helping them to a 4-1 victory over Wolfsburg and top spot in the Bundesliga on Friday.