German Politics

Ecclestone: why I paid a banker £27m hush money

The Formula One boss, Bernie Ecclestone, admitted yesterday to paying a Munich banker £27.5m to stop him from making allegations about a family trust to the Inland Revenue which he claimed could have made him liable for billions in back tax.

The Long Night, By Steve Wick

Besides helping to define the role of the modern foreign correspondent – he witnessed mayhem in 1920s Afghanistan, befriended Gandhi and charted Germany's descent into madness – the American reporter William L Shirer gave hope to every journalist dreaming of writing that ever-elusive Big Book. It was only after being dropped by CBS in 1947, and struggling to make ends meet during the McCarthy era (his staunchly liberal views had attracted the attention of the witch-hunters) that he embarked on his 1,200-page epic, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. Losing his job was, in hindsight, a blessing

Wenger offers words of comfort to under-fire Terry

With all that John Terry is alleged to have said, a harsh response from Arsène Wenger could have been expected yesterday. Wenger, one of the game's purists and moralists, takes his Arsenal team to Chelsea this afternoon and his pre-match press conference gave him a perfect platform to denounce the accused, to rail against racism, to ensure uncomfortable headlines for Chelsea's captain.

Floods prompt Thailand travel alert

British travellers have been advised to avoid all but essential travel to Bangkok as tens of thousands of Thais have been ordered to evacuate the flood-threatened city.

Manfred Gerlach: Last head of state of East Germany

Manfred Gerlach served from 6 December 1989 until March 1990 as the head of state of East Germany, the German Democratic Republic (GDR). He had replaced the last Communist to hold the post, Egon Krenz, who had only held it from 24 October.

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MP calls for Standards Commissioner to question Fox

Liam Fox last night faced the prospect of a fresh investigation into his relationship with best man and self-styled adviser Adam Werritty over claims that Mr Fox failed to declare donations to the House of Commons.

Citroën DS5

Yes, it looks dramatic. But, sadly, any dreams of the marque's classic smooth ride disappear in a welter of thumps and fidgets