Sport Nadine Angerer alongside Cristiano Ronaldo

The Germany captain may have drawn less attention, but was deserving of her moment in the spotlight

Germany's very own local hero

Sarah Gracie follows in the footsteps of Goethe and discovers a genius who loved to drink, and whose hunting was not confined to the forest

London Stock Exchange to open one hour earlier

THE LONDON Stock Exchange plans to open an hour earlier as part of a move to harmonise trading hours across European exchanges.

Music: Records

Molotov: Dnde Jugarn Las Ninas? (Universal). Certainly my favourite Spanish language funk-metal album of the year so far, Dnde ... is the best- selling debut from the "most controversial and politically offensive group" in Mexico, or so their record company would have us believe. If you're a gringo without the lingo - and personally, I've no idea what a song called "Qutate Que Ma'sturbas" might be about - Dnde ... sounds like an energetic, furiously fun party record. From the shady flamenco of "Gimme Tha Power" to the flare-flapping lounge- disco of "Cerdo", Molotov are much more than Skunk Anansie with upside- down question marks. Nicholas Barber

Eurex shift

EUREX, the German-Swiss futures exchange, is preparing to allow London- based firms to become full members next year, according to its chief executive, Dr Jorg Franke. The move follows complaints from Eurex's 65 London-based members at a meeting with Dr Franke in London yesterday about their second-class status within the exchange.

Outlook: Liffe threatening

ANY CREDIBLE financial centre has to have a big futures market, and though a great deal of derivatives activity these days is customised and over the counter, a vibrant futures exchange is an absolute necessity. Liffe used so effortlessly to occupy this position, that it is small wonder it became complacent.

Letter: The deliverers and despots who hold our future in their hands

PETER KOENIG says we must join the EMU, while allowing that "Brussels is profoundly undemocratic" and that "it poses a real threat to British sovereignty" ("The year the globalisation dream died", Business, 20 December). The alternative "is marginalisation in an economically chaotic world". He says we have high interest rates because "class" makes us want to spend. And if low interest rates are imposed on us, this malaise will go away. Actually, it just might, thanks to European taxes, extra net contributions and trade deficit. Will that be good for recession?

Dance: Forsythe's generation is game

Ballett Frankfurt Sadler's Wells, EC1

Right of Reply: Anne Hammerstad

A former ballet dancer responds to a recent article on choreographer William Forsythe

In the footsteps of Forsythe

The master choreographer has brought his Frankfurt Ballet to London's Sadler's Wells. But what is it about William Forsythe's work that makes it so distinctive. And inspire such devotion? By John Percival

France pushes to extend LSE pact

THE LONDON and Frankfurt stock exchanges yesterday bowed to pressure from the French and agreed to talks aimed at widening their bilateral alliance announced in July to include the smaller continental bourses.

Outlook: Euro markets

THE FRENCH "non" has been replaced with a reluctant "alright then". Or to use an English expression, if you cannot beat them, join them. When Frankfurt went against the Franco-German alliance to sign up with the London Stock Exchange instead in developing joint trading systems, the Paris bourse, in a display of hurt Gallic pride and anger, announced it would go it alone with an alternative pan-European stock exchange.

Exchanges reveal alliance details

MEMBERS OF the London and Frankfurt stock exchanges will have direct access to the order books of both markets under phase one of the alliance between them which comes into effect on 4 January. Details of phase one were outlined at a seminar in the City yesterday.

DANCE: HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK

Dance Umbrella today and tomorrow

City woos Frankfurt business

City woos Frankfurt business

DANCE: EVENT OF THE WEEK: Rambert Dance Company Mon-Sat Sadler's Wells

It seems only yesterday that Sadler's Wells was a pile of rubble, but next Monday, after two years of road works, the new theatre will be stopping the traffic for a different reason when it reopens with a season of dance by Rambert.
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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
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Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

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Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness