We go on the road with the autobahn police in North Rhine-Westfalia, who are on the lookout for trucks that fail to meet safety standards.
Sections of Germany's concrete motorways have broken apart after several days of hot weather. Without further investment, these roads stand little chance of weathering the effects of global warming.
A herd of runaway water buffalo has forced a nine-hour closure of the A3 motorway near Leverkusen in both directions. The animals had to be sedated before they could be moved from the carriageway.
Locals lost faith in Germany's federal authorities when tens of thousands of refugees entered Bavaria in the summer of 2015. Now the southern state plans to reinstate its border guard.
Footballer Deniz Naki said that his car was shot at while driving on a highway in western Germany. Naki, who plays for a Kurdish club and has spoken out against the Turkish government, said he "feared for his life."
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