Germany has many public holidays, some of which vary from state to state. Since most things are closed then, it's best to check dates before you make any plans.
Public Holidays in 2014
It's as if Germany's train drivers' and pilots' unions are playing strike ping-pong - as soon as one group's walk-off ends, the other's begins. DW's Rolf Wenkel is frustrated with the power of small, specialized unions.
The search continues for a mystery submarine sighted over the weekend in Swedish waters. Russia has denied involvement and accused the Dutch. The Dutch, too, say it wasn't theirs. The region remains on edge.
The European Central Bank has introduced a new way of injecting money into financial markets to stimulate the eurozone's flagging economy. A spokesman confirmed the ECB had begun buying securities known as covered bonds.