Germans favor logistical support in Mali, but they decisively oppose sending their troops to fight the Islamists.
Germans famously take two things very seriously: Their work, and rules. That makes rules governing work doubly important. A fight over collective bargaining rules has huge implications for Europe's powerhouse economy.
Police have launched an investigation after an anonymous bomb threat prompted the cancellation of the season finale of "Germany's Next Topmodel." No dangerous items were found in a sweep of the evacuated Mannheim arena.
The conflict in Ukraine and Western sanctions imposed against Moscow for its perceived role in it have led to German exports to Russia dwindling fast. But a long-term view shows trade relations are still intact overall.
The European Union is in a hurry, with plans to launch an EU military mission against human smugglers in the Mediterranean in June. But enthusiasm for the plan in Germany is muted. Bernd Riegert reports from Brussels.