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Mons is embracing the future as it prepares for its role as next year’s European Capital of Culture, but it’s also steeped in intriguing history. Philip Sweeney explores its two sides

Julian Draxler

Transfer news: Per Mertesacker hails potential Arsenal signing Julian Draxler

German international would welcome youngster at London club

Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone faces bribery charges, a German court has ruled.

Bernie Ecclestone steps down from Formula 1 board pending bribery trial in Germany

Mr Ecclestone is accused of making a corrupt payment to a German banker

Hamish McRae: There has always been tension between France and the UK – but we face the same practical difficulties

Economic View: The only comparable region in terms of overall spending is Scandinavia

Southampton chairman Nicola Cortese has quit his role with the club over a row with the owner Katharina Liebherr

Future of Mauricio Pochettino thrown into doubt as Southampton chairman Nicola Cortese resigns

Cortese was understood to be at loggerheads with club owner Katharina Liebherr over the demands of running the club that have significantly increased since their Premier League return

Hamburg is planning to ban all cars from its centre over the next 20 years and put thousands of commuters on bikes

Auto ban: How Hamburg is taking cars off the road

‘Green Network’ for bicycles and public transport is designed to bypass vehicles within 20 years

Transfer news: Lewis Holtby could leave Tottenham Hotspur after less than a year

German midfielder could be on the way out at White Hart Lane

Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic

Transfer news: Arsenal may be frustrated in pursuit of Mario Mandzukic after Bayern Munich talk of extending striker's contract

The forward has been strongly linked with a move away from the Allianz Arena, with the Gunners reportedly first in line for his services

Angela Merkel, German Chancellor

German economic growth weakest since the global financial crisis

Germany grew at its weakest rate since the global financial crisis last year, official figures today showed.

Darren Barker has announced his retirement from boxing after suffering a hip injury in the defeat to Felix Sturm

Boxing: Former world champion Darren Barker announces his retirement after suffering dislocated hip in defeat to Felix Sturm

Barker lost his IBF world middleweight title at the first defence after suffering the serious injury early inthe fight

'Amber bomb' in man's pocket sets him on fire

Pensioner suffered third degree burns after mistaking white phosphorus for the stone

Nadine Angerer alongside Cristiano Ronaldo

Fifa Ballon d'Or: Nadine Angerer, winner of the women's award, in profile

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

HungryHouse gets £53m takeaway to catch up to Just Eat

Online food delivery specialist HungryHouse has raised $88 million (£53.7m) from US investors in a bid to catch up to rival Just Eat.

Robert Boscawen: Tank commander who survived terrible injuries to become a respected and admired Conservative MP

The young tank commander seen running in flames along the road was left recognisable to his comrades only by the pips on his shoulder and the white and purple ribbon of the Military Cross on his chest. Robert Boscawen survived the devastating burns from the attack by a hidden battery of four 105 mm flak guns of the German 7 Para on Easter Day, 1 April 1945, that ignited the petrol in his Sherman Firefly as it rushed a bridge on the Twente Canal at Enschede on the Dutch-German border. The debt he felt the world owed to all those who, like two of his crewmen, had lost their lives, was to inform his future political career.

British girl Madeleine McCann, who was allegedy abducted 03 May 2007 from the resort apartment where she was on vacation with her family in the Algarve

Madeleine McCann: Phone records between burglars mean 'arrests are imminent' after British police request assistance from Portuguese authorities

Detectives are reportedly looking to detain three burglars who were active at the resort where the three-year-old went missing

Seeing red in Hamburg: Violence flares as radical left-wing squatters fight to save commune from developers

Tony Paterson reports from one of Europe’s richest cities fast becoming a magnet for a new wave of German activism

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