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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

Postcard from... Dietramszell

Set in the wooded foothills the Bavarian Alps, the idyllic country town of Dietramszell is usually best known as a tourist attraction.

The Great British Bake Off Christmas Special, BBC2 - TV review

The Bake-Off turns into a bit of a bunfight, but Hollywood shows his star quality

World Cup 2014: Why Germany's beachside resort may signal a happy holiday to come

German football reflects German business. Both value stability, demonstrable competency and obedience to a set of tried and tested rules

Transfer news: Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus could be on his way Manchester United

German international could be set for January switch to Old Trafford

Satyajit Das: Each stage of the eurozone debt crisis has increased the risks Germany faces

Das Capital: The German-led strategy shows little progress and is unlikely to resolve the crisis

File photo shows the main gate at Auschwitz

Last chance: Germany poised to charge 'Auschwitz SS guards'

German state prosecutors are preparing to prosecute more than two dozen surviving former German SS guards who are alleged to have worked at the infamous Auschwitz death camp that played a central role in the Nazi Holocaust.

Amazon braced for Christmas chaos as workers strike over pay

Internet giant Amazon is facing major disruptions going into the crucial Christmas shopping period as employees in the US and Germany go on strike.

Ursula von der Leyen, Politician

Page 3 Profile: Ursula von der Leyen, Politician

Another female German politician?

Social Democrats count votes in Berlin yesterday

Germany set for grand coalition as left-of-centre Social Democrats vote in favour of joining ruling alliance

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling conservatives were on course to form a grand coalition government.

German Social Democrats back coalition deal with Angela Merkel

The majority of the centre-left party's members voted to join the Chancellor in government.

Joachim Low points the way for Germany during training in Barnet as they prepare to face England at Wembley on Tuesday night

World Cup 2014: Germany start to plan for Brazil with million pound headquarters but insist they are following Fifa's renting procedures

The complex will be named 'Campo Bahia' near the coastal sports resort of Porto Seguro

Review: 'The Pleasure’s All Mine: A History of Perverse Sex', By Julie Peakman (Reaktion, £25)

"The Pleasure’s All Mine" is an odd title for an academic study of perversity: it sounds as though perverse sex is greedy, self-indulgent and possibly non-consensual. I picture Boy George in his flat in Shoreditch in April 2007, with a male escort chained to the wall. But there is a bigger question raised by the title – by whose definitions are these practices perversions?

Manchester City midfielder James Milner wants City's good run to continue against Arsenal after he scored the match-winner against Bayern Munich

Manchester City v Arsenal: James Milner hopes home form hot streak will carry City to victory against Premier League leaders Arsenal

City have scored an impressive 29 goals in seven out of seven victories at home this season and a win on Saturday will see them close the gap to Arsenal to just three points

Howland: he was a staple of German airwaves for 60 years

Chris Howland: Broadcaster, singer and actor who left Britain and found lasting fame on German TV and radio

Chris Howland was an entertainer who was all but unknown in his native Britain but who became a star in Germany. He made his name both as a television and radio presenter, as well as acting in German comedy films.

Sergio Perez will join Force India for 2014 after leaving McLaren

F1: Sergio Perez joins Force India for 2014 after leaving McLaren meaning there is no room for Paul Di Resta

Perez will partner Nico Hulkenberg for next season in an all-new driver line-up

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