For some reason known only to Amazon, the basic Kindle got a price cut on Amazon's German website - but is still selling for the regular price on all of Amazon's other European websites. I double checked Amazon.fr, Amazon.es, and Anazon, it, and they all show the higher price.
I don't understand it either, but so far as I can tell Amazon appears to have adopted a preferential price for the German market. Perhaps Amazon is facing greater pressure in that market than in the rest of Europe?
If anyone in or out of Germany would care to weigh in, I'm all ears.