It's been 20 years since East and West Germany reunified, but the terms "typically Ossi" and "typically Wessi" are still bandied about. We've selected some of the most common cliches.
Calais mayor Natacha Bouchart has threatened to shut the French port unless Britain helps address the problem of immigrants arriving there to illegally cross the English Channel. Bouchard has demanded financial help.
The Geneva-based World Economic Forum (WEF) has released its annual study of the world's most competitive economies. Some countries are lagging due to a failure to implement reforms, it says.
The French government has indicated it may not stick to its savings targets for next year. Paris cited continuously low inflation in the country, which it claimed made a reorientation rather likely.