The governing centre-left Social Democrats on Sunday trounced Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives in her home state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. The SPD now has a choice of coalition partners.
Global economic woes have failed to dampen the hopes of Germany's luxury car companies, with Audi and Mercedes expecting surging sales. BMW also reported a record month in August, with sales up a whopping seven percent.
After a sunny Saturday and Sunday, Germany is in for a decidedly less summery start to the workweek. Rain, clouds and cooler temperatures are in the forecast by the German Weather Service (DWD).
Suicide accounts for about 20 percent of German soldier deaths during foreign missions, according to a magazine report. A spokesman for the Defence Ministry would not comment on the matter.
Three babies born prematurely died within a span of two days at a children's hospital in the central western city of Siegen. The hospital's administrator said she was "shocked" by the cases.
The head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, called on the German government to be proactive in steeling itself against weak growth prospects, pointing to the discouraging economic situation at the global level.
Germany was one of a number of Western nations that received intelligence from Libya under long-time leader Muammar Qaddafi. But a former official said Berlin never engaged in joint operations with Qaddafi's spy service.
Voters go to the polls in German Chancellor Angela Merkel's home state Sunday, with surveys showing her conservatives are likely to cling on to power after a campaign dominated by the euro debt crisis.