Four people were killed and over a hundred injured as heavy electrical storms lashed Germany over the weekend. Many areas sustained severe structural damage causing power cuts and disruption to train services.
The number of cases of syphilis is rising in Germany - particularly among gay men in urban areas, according to newspaper reports on Sunday.
From Sunday German drivers crossing the border into France will have to carry their own breathalyzer kit or face a fine, as a new law comes into force designed to remind motorists of the dangers of drink driving.
Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday that Germany and the United States would benefit from having a closer relationship - if they can first manage to overcome their differences.
A disproportionate number of German soldiers killed in Afghanistan come from eastern Germany or immigrant backgrounds, according to a newspaper report.
Germany's Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth, famous for its annual Wagner festival, is joining the list of sites classed by UN cultural body UNESCO as world heritage, the organisation said on Saturday.