Germany’s Labour Minister proposed on Sunday to introduce fines to punish parents whose children regularly missed school. In an interview, Ursula von der Leyen warned that truancy was a stepping stone to unemployment.
One person was killed and at least 20 injured when a bus carrying German school children crashed in eastern Belgium. Initial reports suggest the driver fell asleep at the wheel.
German ministers told Greece this weekend that it must stick to the terms of its financial rescue deal. Finance Minster Wolfgang Schäuble warned that Germany would not agree to a new, more lenient austerity programme.
A US plane headed for Berlin had to turn back on Saturday when it was found to have a problem with one of its engines. American broadcaster CNN said witnesses saw flames coming out of the aircraft.
German spies are stationed off the coast of Syria to join in the fight against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a newspaper claimed on Sunday. Intelligence agents are apparently taking part in a mission to pass information to rebels.
Germany has been left reeling this weekend by the tragic murders of two young boys. Their 38-year-old mother is thought to have suffocated her sons before committing suicide.