The Green party has joined the Social Democrats (SPD) in adopting a higher tax policy for top earners. If a Green-SPD centre-left coalition came to power in Germany, the top rate of income tax could rise from 42 to 49 percent.
Thousands of demonstrators joined the "Occupy Wall Street" movement in several German cities on Saturday, protesting against the global financial system. Similar demonstrations took place around the world.
A historic disabled people's conference planned for December turned into embarrassment for the German parliament on Friday when it was forced to cancel the event because too many wheelchair users registered.
German Family Minister Kristina Schröder is preparing a law to introduce a flexible gender quota ahead of a meeting with top German companies on Monday.
Germany has secretly opened an investigation into Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the jailed former chief of now-defunct Russian oil giant Yukos, for alleged money laundering, a German newspaper reported.
Defending champions Borussia Dortmund moved provisionally up to second place in the Bundesliga after recording a rousing 2-0 win at Werder Bremen on Friday despite playing almost half the game with only ten men.