Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said on Saturday he saw no danger of Germany losing its top grade with the world's credit ratings agencies, considering the budget cuts the government has made.
Dietmar Bartsch, deputy leader of the Left party's parliamentary faction, has rounded on MPs in a regional parliament who refused to observe a minute's silence for those who died trying to escape over the Berlin Wall.
German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich has welcomed the suggestion to put privately-hired armed guards on cargo vessels to stop pirate attacks.
The Social Democrats said Saturday that they are opening up for future collaboration with the Liberals and the Centre Party before the election in 2014.
The Munich-based Institute for Economic Research (IFO) said on Saturday that the decision to close Germany's nuclear reactors was one of the reasons why the economy's growth was down in the second quarter of the year.
Pregnant women in the south of Sweden may have to wait more than half their pregnancy for all the required tests and screens to be administered, adding further anxiety to an already delicate state, according to regional newspaper Sydsvenskan.
German police said on Friday they had seized 100 kilogrammes (220 pounds) of cocaine concealed in containers in the northern harbour of Bremerhaven - the narcotics brigade's second largest ever haul.
Borussia Mönchengladbach continued their storming start to the season with a Marco Reus double helping them to a 4-1 victory over Wolfsburg and top spot in the Bundesliga on Friday.
Sweden's controversial littering law is under fire after local authorities have reported no change in garbage left in public places since it came into effect in July. Critical voices are now calling for a sharpening of the rules, according to a report in daily Dagens Nyheter (DN).
A 12-year-old girl in Gothenburg was struck by lightning twice while taking a shower during a thunderstorm on Wednesday evening.
A quick-moving storm rocked the archipelago in Stockholm, spurring difficult problems in its wake for many leisure sailors.
Efforts to bulk up Sweden's military defense suffered another blow as the number of recruits was mistakenly inflated nine times the slim reality.