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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

Education Secretary Michael Gove

Michael Gove: He's not the Education Secretary, he's a very silly boy

Michael Gove's silliness reached a new peak in his comments on the First World War

Transfer news: Borussia Dortmund keen to extend contract of Manchester United 'target' Ilkay Gundogan

The Germany international is the latest BVB player linked with an exit

Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski is reported to be having a medical with Bayern Munich today

Transfer news: Bayern Munich confirm signing of Robert Lewandowski on a free transfer from rivals Borussia Dortmund

Striker will leave the club at the end of the season for nothing after signing a five-year deal with the reigning Champions League holders

Artur Mas wrote to EU leaders asking for support in a vote for independence from Spain

Catalonia seeks support from EU for independence

Catalonia’s president has called on European Union leaders for support as the region seeks a vote on independence in November this year, the source of an increasingly bitter fight with Spain’s central government.

Cambridge history professor hits back at Michael Gove's 'ignorant attack'

Professor Sir Richard Evans angered by Gove's criticisms of his work on World War One

Postcard from... Hamburg

Andy Murray took only 37 minutes to beat Mousa Zayed 6-0, 6-0 in the Qatar Open

Qatar Open: Andy Murray powers past Mousa Zayed in 37 minutes in return to competitive action

But fellow Briton Dan Evans lost to Latvia's Ernests Gulbis

'Journalist dressed as priest tried to sneak into Michael Schumacher's operating theatre,' the former F1 champion's manager confirms

Michael Schumacher: 'Journalist dressed as priest tried to sneak into former F1 champion's hospital room', his manager confirms

Sabine Kehm has revealed that a reporter tried to gain access to the room where Schumacher is fighting for his life after skiing accident

Germany: Trekking with lamas

European Commission staff took three times as many sick days as British workers last year

EU officials take three times number of sick days as British workers

Research suggests only German public sector employees take more sick leave than their counterparts at the European Commission

Michael Schumacher: Former Formula One world champion 'in coma' after suffering head injury in skiing accident

The seven-time world champion was on holiday at the Meribel resort in the French Alps

A Leopard 2 tank. A Greek defence official is said to have been bribed to order 170 of them

German arms firms in bribery claims over sale of Leopard tanks to Greece

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s insistence that Greece tackle corruption to beat the Euro crisis took an embarrassing turn on Sunday with allegations that German arms manufacturers bribed a top Athens defence official to buy their tanks and submarines for the Greek armed forces.

News from Berlin, By Otto de Kat (Translated by Ina Rilke) - Review

It’s wartime, 1941. Dutch diplomat Oscar Verschuur’s family are dispersed throughout Europe. He is posted in Switzerland, his wife Kate volunteers in a London hospital and his daughter Emma is married to Carl, a “good” German, and is based in Berlin.

Topless Christmas Day Femen protest in Cologne Cathedral slammed as ‘unnecessary disturbance’

Germany’s left-wing Green Party among those criticising anti-Catholic demonstration as ‘disrespectful’

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