Sport Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has secured a transfer to Wolfsburg

De Bruyne joined Chelsea for £7m with reports in Germany claiming Wolfsburg have spent £16.7m on the Belgian who has made just nine appearances for the Blues

Anger as EU court bans job quotas for women

The all-male European Court of Justice yesterday outlawed job quotas for women, removing the main instrument used by many governments and employers to promote equal opportunities at work.

Who are you going to call? Dirt busters

Eco-cops on the autobahn. Jasper Rees takes a bite at a green thriller

Germany's Greens forge ahead

The Green Party made impressive gains in two German regional elections yesterday, doubling its vote to 10 per cent in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Full horror of Nazi rule revealed at Belsen camp

Victory in Europe

MUSIC / A funny thing happened to Joseph H

LMP / Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Equestrianism: Whitaker flies in to take the prize

JOHN WHITAKER returned from Bremen in time to win last night's Nissan Grand Prix, the final show jumping contest of the Horse of the Year Show. He defeated Paul Sutton on Wessex Zakatak and Belgium's Philippe Lejeune on Ruby Foulards Blue Chip.

Obituary: Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia

Louis Ferdinand Viktor Eduard Albert Michael Hubertus of Hohenzollern, royal prince, composer, writer, economist: born Potsdam 9 November 1907: Head of the House of Hohenzollern and Pretender to the German throne 1951-94; married 1938 Grand Duchess Kira of Russia (died 1967; three sons, two daughters, and one son, and one daughter deceased); died Bremen 25 September 1994.

Travel Departures: Bremen for beer

WITH the Munich Oktoberfest about to erupt, those who prefer a quieter drink could try northern Germany's alternative: the 959th Bremen Folk and Beer Festival, which runs for a fortnight from 15 October. Moswin Tours (0533 719922) is organising short breaks to the festival.

Sting nets fourth nuclear trader

BONN - German police said yesterday they had arrested another man in connection with nuclear smuggling - just days after the apparently unrelated arrest of three men in Munich, for bringing more than 300g of weapons-grade plutonium on a flight from Moscow, writes Steve Crawshaw.

MODERN ICONS / Chairs: Are you sitting comfortably? Iain Gale on the artist Reiner Ruthenbeck

Since the early 1970s, the German sculptor Reiner Ruthenbeck, one-time student of Joseph Beuys, has been working on a series entitled Overturned Furniture in which ordinary household chairs and tables are laid on their side or turned upside-down. Versions have been shown in Sydney, Vienna, Frankfurt and Bremen. The artist seldom feels the need to explain his work and the catalogue which accompanies his current London show seems intended to justify his silence: 'How is one to do justice in words to the very artist who pursues, with a radical zeal matched by few others, the 'expulsion of language from art'?'

Heart disease and cancer rates high

THE UK has one of the worst records in Europe for deaths from heart disease and cancer, according to Regional Trends. However, it is one of the safest places to drive.

Steel makers boiling over: Fury over 'double standards' on price fixing

TEMPERS were white hot in the steel industry last week, as the European Commission finally released the results of its investigation into the sale of steel beams. Sixteen steel makers, British Steel among them, were found guilty of exchanging confidential information and fixing prices, contrary to the Commission's competition policy.

Playing both sides

The manager of the German football league champions Werder Bremen admitted he had been a double agent for West Germany and the Soviet KGB, Reuter reports from Bonn. Willi Lemke, regarded as Germany's leading manager for taking Bremen out of the red and making it one of the richest clubs, said he became a spy out of a 'yearning for adventure, vanity, curiosity and duty to my country'.

Bolt screws up the perfect getaway

BERLIN - It was planned like a military operation. But the idea came from a Donald Duck cartoon. Dagobert, the bane of the Berlin bobby's life, has struck again. And but for one protruding bolt, he would today have been a very rich man, writes Adrian Bridge.

Football / European Round-Up: Wonder Bremen

WERDER BREMEN staged the finest comeback in the short history of the European Champions' League last night, when they beat Anderlecht 5-3 after trailing 3-0 with only 24 minutes to play, writes Rupert Metcalf.
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