The head of Germany's Commerzbank Martin Blessing has called for a unified European economic policy organized by a finance minister to stabilize the single currency. The only alternative is to abandon the euro, he said.
The expected large-scale street battles between police and left-wing radicals after Hamburg's Schanzenfest did not materialize on Saturday night, though the entrance to a bank was destroyed. The police had 2,100 officers on duty.
Three more vehicles were set on fire in the German capital on Saturday night, with police still unable to stop the spate of arson attacks. Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich has expressed growing concern.
Economics Minister Philipp Rösler has reiterated his commitment to tax cuts in 2013, despite the government's struggles to balance its budget.
Croatia and Serbia's European Union prospects will be on the agenda when German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits the region on Monday, when she will also press for a cooling of frictions between Belgrade and Kosovo.
Dutch star Arjen Robben produced another eye-catching performance on Saturday as Bayern Munich hammered Hamburg 5-0 while champions Borussia Dortmund earned a 2-0 victory over Nuremberg.