Chemical sales in Germany rose by 0.5 percent in 2013. German industry representatives do not expect a huge recovery next year.
Germany's defense minister has vowed 'consequences' over a nerve agent attack on ex-spy Sergei Skripal, which the UK blames on Russia. She also tied the attack to the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
Activists have stormed the German consulate on the Greek island of Crete to stage a protest against Turkey's military offensive in Afrin, northern Syria. It was not immediately clear why they chose to target Germany.
An Aachen court has found a 53-year-old man guilty of inflicting bodily harm on five children by spreading corrosive chemicals in a playground. The man claimed he was being harassed by the children's voices in his head.
Turkey says it has "never used chemical weapons" after claims it used a toxic gas during an offensive in Afrin, Syria. Local doctors had been quoted as saying they treated people for exposure to chemical gases.
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