German store inadvertently sells coffee cups bearing former dictator's face - leaving one woman with a shock at the breakfast table.
Spying on your friends and allies is a serious charge.
Angela Merkel's Conservative party is just seats short of an absolute majority, but her Liberal coalition partners have been destroyed.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has warned the international community must not allow the Ukraine-Russia crisis to create a new division of Europe.
Speaking at a briefing in Kiev after talks with Ukraine's Prime Minister Arsenyi Yatsenyuk, Steinmeier said he hoped the first OSCE monitors would arrive in Ukraine to support de-escalation efforts in the next couple of days.
Germany has joined a host of voices criticising Turkey's ban on Twitter.
"It doesn't fit with our idea of freedom of expression to forbid or block any form of communication," Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokeswoman said.
Turkey's courts blocked access to Twitter following Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's vow, on the campaign trail ahead of March 30 local elections, to "wipe out" the service.
He says he does not care what the international community says about it, though President Abdullah Gul has objected to his actions.
The current tension with Russia means that the G8 does not exist at the moment the German Chancellor said.
Angela Merkel said that her government had not yet decided if scheduled German-Russian consultations will take place in April.
She also confirmed that EU leaders will agree further sanctions against Russia at a summit beginning today.
Germany's foreign minister said should the Crimea independence referendum be followed by steps to absorb the region into Russia, the EU will be forced to consider a further, third stage of sanctions.
Frank-Walter Steinmeier told reporters that Russia had so far rebuffed all European proposals to defuse the standoff in the Crimea region of Ukraine.
He said European states over the weekend would draw up a list of Russians who will be subject to visa restrictions and asset freezes as part of initial sanctions already agreed within the EU.
A German court has sentenced Bayern Munich's president Uli Hoeness to three and half years in jail for tax evasion.
Prosecutors had argued that Hoeness's voluntary disclosure - that he had failed to pay taxes - was incomplete and thus did not meet a vital requirement needed for amnesty under German tax laws designed to encourage tax evaders to come clean.
Hoeness has admitted he evaded 27.2 million euros in taxes on income earned in secret Swiss bank accounts.
The 62-year-old football manager was hoping for leniency in one of the most closely watched tax evasion cases in German history.
Research funding to use the internet to improve everyday devices - such as fridges which can order more milk when it runs low - is to be doubled in a drive to make the UK a world leader in digital technology, David Cameron has said.
The Prime Minister announced an extra £45 million to develop the so-called "internet of things" as he arrived in Germany for the CeBIT 2014 trade fair.
He is attending the event in Hanover - where he is holding talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel - as Britain is the official "partner country" of the event.
The seizure of government buildings by armed men in Ukraine's Crimea region could lead to a regional conflict, the Polish foreign minister has said.
Radoslaw Sikorski said the move was "a drastic step and I'm warning those who did this and those who allowed them to do this, because this is how regional conflicts begin. This is a very dangerous game."
The German defence minister has also expressed concerns over the events on the Crimea peninsula, saying the breakup of Ukraine must be avoided.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she will talk to French President Francois Hollande about building up a European communication network to avoid emails and other data passing through the US, according to Reuters.
Merkel, who visits France on Wednesday, has been pushing for greater data protection in Europe following reports last year about mass surveillance in Germany and elsewhere by the US National Security Agency.
Speaking in her weekly podcast, Merkel said: "We'll talk with France about how we can maintain a high level of data protection.
"Above all, we'll talk about European providers that offer security for our citizens, so that one shouldn't have to send emails and other information across the Atlantic. Rather, one could build up a communication network inside Europe."
Thousands of spectators gathered to watch a 50,000-tonne skyscraper demolished in Frankfurt, Germany, today.
It took almost a tonne of explosives 10 seconds to turn the 381-foot Goethe University AfE tower to dust during controlled implosions.
The 1972 construction will be replaced with two high-rise office buildings.