The divides in German Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition over issues such as austerity budgets and nuclear energy were exposed in a drawn-out election for the largely ceremonial office of president.
The cooperation between Rev. Franz Meurer and Iranian Navid Kermani illustrates how far Germany has gone in accepting its booming Muslim minority.
European leaders are struggling to balance growing trade ties with China and deep public sympathy for Tibetans and their exiled leader, wrapping up his first stop on a global tour.
Members of former East Germany's ruling communist party could emerge as a powerful force in Sunday polls.