Issuing parking tickets is not exactly the most popular job in the world. The authorities in Sachsen-Anhalt have now also recruited volunteers or "traffic monitors.” Matthias Mendler is one of the team.
The idea that a German cycling race could be a terriorist target was scarcely conceivable. The cancellation of the Eschborn-Franfurt event has left would-be participants, including DW's Joscha Weber, feeling uneasy.
On Sunday, volunteers will carry out Catalonia's independence vote. Though informal and non-binding, activists are hoping for a huge turnout - which could spur negotiations with Madrid. From Barcelona, Lauren Frayer.
Hundreds of homes have been hit by severe flooding in southeast England after the River Thames burst its banks. Flood victims say the government has failed to deal with the crisis.
Syrian opposition members report that their embassy in Berlin refuses to give them passports. Ambassador Bassam Abdullah would like to solve that problem, but he's not allowed to.