Joey Meister, a 12-year-old schoolboy from Braunschweig, has a prominent friend: professional soccer player Ricardo Rodriguez who plays for Wolfsburg. They met on the training pitch.
UK leaders are finding their European friends in a time of need. Meanwhile, there is white smoke in Brussels for the transition deal and a Brexit joke from France has fallen flat in London.
In Heimbach, a village in the mountains of western Germany, friends of German pianist and conductor Lars Vogt gather every summer in a historic power plant for the festival named "Tensions."
Around 400 football hooligans clashed in the western city of Leverkusen ahead of the local derby between Bayer Leverkusen and Cologne. The incidents followed clashes between fans and police in Hamburg on Saturday.
Video assistant referee technology (VAR) will make its debut at the World Cup in Russia this summer, despite opposition from fans. The technology has had mixed success since its introduction in Germany last year.
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