The week kicked off with good news for Merkel’s Union, as Horst Seehofer’s Christian Social Union (the CDU’s Bavarian sister party) celebrated a landmark election victory. The CSU gained an absolute majority, allowing them to rule the southern state without former coalition partners the FDP.
On a more sombre note, Wednesday saw the death of venerable German literary critic Marcel Reich-Ranicki, aged 93. His TV programme “The Literary Quartet” ran for 13 years, and he has been hailed as one of the most famous figures of the literary world.
We’ve also selected pictures from the final preparations for Oktoberfest, David Hasselhoff’s early exit from German Big Brother, a spookily accurate wax double of chancellor Angela Merkel and Peer Steinbrück’s final Berlin rally.