The City Municipality of Bremen is a Hanseatic city in northwestern Germany. It is a major cultural and economic hub.
Bremen, some 60 km (37 miles) south from the Weser mouth on the North Sea, has a reputation as a working class city and is traditionally ruled by a left-wing government. Bremen has a population of around 550,000 of whom about one quarter os of non-German origin. Bremen is famous for a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, the "Town Musicians of Bremen" (a donkey, a dog, a cat an a cockrel), although they never actually reach Bremen in the tale. DW coverage of the state of Bremen is collated below.
The Bundesliga's best attack, powered by a teenage duo, meets its worst defense on Saturday. Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland are the talk of Europe and have their sights set on revenge over struggling Werder Bremen.
Bayern Munich's six-game winning streak in the Bundesliga came to an end, but it could have been even better for Leipzig. Elsewhere, Peter Bosz got one over Borussia Dortmund and Werder Bremen sunk deeper into trouble.
Borussia Dortmund fell at the hands of Werder Bremen in the German Cup for the second consecutive season. Erling Haaland was on the scoresheet again, but the result highlighted BVB's dependence on the 19-year-old.
For 45 minutes on Saturday, Bayern Munich looked in danger of repeating the mistakes made in recent defeats against Leverkusen and Gladbach. Until Philippe Coutinho produced his best Bayern performance to date.
Werder Bremen will continue to pay for extra policing costs of "high risk" games after the DFL refused Bremen's request to split the bill. Bremen have threatened legal action; 34 of 36 teams declined to share the costs.