Flights were disrupted at Bremen airport on Monday night when an unidentified flying object appeared on air traffic control’s radar over a period of three hours. A police helicopter was sent up to find the UFO but failed to locate it, and four days on the mystery remains unsolved.
Another mystery this week was how cocaine valued at €6 million found its way into banana crates in several Aldi stores in Berlin.
Merkel appeared at Wednesday’s cabinet meeting on crutches having fractured her pelvis in a cross-country ski accident over the Christmas holidays in Switzerland. The injury was made public on Monday by her spokesman.
Michael Schumacher’s far more serious ski accident at the end of December in France also remains in the headlines and on Wednesday the prosecutor investigating the accident revealed further details about how it happened.
Another German sportsman in the news this week was Thomas Hitzlsperger. The former midfielder, who won more than 50 caps for his country, became the most prominent footballer to reveal he was gay.