The roof of the Arena aufSchalke in Gelsenkirchen, stadium of Bundesliga football club Schalke 04, collapsed under the weight of fresh snow at the weekend, forcing the cancellation of an indoor biathlon event.
The leader of the main opposition Social Democratic Party (SPD) Frank-Walter Steinmeier has set conditions for his party's agreement to extending Germany's military operation in Afghanistan.
Christmas Day saw snow and ice causing mass chaos on roads and railways throughout Germany, with the northern and eastern regions worst affected.
Germany is following the second trial of jailed Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky very closely, and the verdict will be a test of the rule of law, Berlin's ambassador in Moscow said on Saturday.
The director of the Kunsthalle art gallery in Bremen says the European Union's ban on light bulbs poses a threat to our cultural heritage. Many artworks from the 1960s used light bulbs, he pointed out.
Two offices that often criticise Swedish agencies for long wait times have their own problems with efficiency.
Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has called on Iran to allow two imprisoned German journalists to see their relatives.
Christmas Eve is no holiday for telephone operators. Over the past years the record-high Christmas telephone and text messaging traffic are beaten only by New Year’s Eve.
Sunday is expected to be an intense traffic day, as many return home from holiday celebrations, but the weather may cause trouble for travelers along the coast of Norrland, in northern Sweden.
The last few days of the year look to be very cold throughout Sweden, according to a forecast by the Swedish meteorological agency SMHI.
Swedish police officers have had a busy Christmas night, with plenty of drunkenness and assault reported throughout the country.
A member of a Serbian paramilitary group alleged to have committed war crimes in Kosovo has been detained in Germany and is fighting extradition, according to a Justice Ministry spokesman.