Chemical sales in Germany rose by 0.5 percent in 2013. German industry representatives do not expect a huge recovery next year.
A new framework to allow sanctions over chemical weapon use could see restrictions placed on Russia over the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal. Potential sanctions could involve travel bans and asset freezes.
Prosecutors have begun a probe into AfD leader Alice Weidel over the alleged use of foreign donations to pay for internet campaigning. The party received large sums of money from donors in Switzerland and Belgium.
Wisent reintroduction experts have been urged by Germany's top civil court to find a solution in their row with forest-owners. Angered by bark grazing, plaintiffs want Germany's only wild bison removed from their woods.
The new president of Germany's BAMF refugee agency says authorities must apply rules on deportation strictly. His predecessor was sacked over allegedly lax asylum decisions.
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