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As a concession to belt-tightening, the decision by a sybaritic German bishop to take a budget airline flight to Rome, is looking like too little, too late.

Travel Agenda: Mexico in party mood, New Miami Beach hotel and a Maastricht Christmas makeover

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Mexico is in a party mood, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 1910 Revolution. Festivities include fireworks and parades, with a number of spin-off events, including a food festival in Playa del Carmen tomorrow ( tasteofplaya.com).

Maastricht marijuana is for locals only, rules EU

No drugs please, you're foreigners.

Van Marwijk guided by results in putting an end to Dutch squabbles

They have had tactical innovators like Louis van Gaal and Guus Hiddink. They have given the national team to footballers like Marco van Basten or Frank Rijkaard who displayed an aura, a presence. They all achieved something with Holland but they never took them to a World Cup final in the way that a man who seemed to possess none of these qualities has.

Sexual infection risk from middle-aged 'swingers'

Middle-aged "swingers" are a hidden and significant source of sexually-transmitted infections (STIs), researchers have claimed.

Belgians egged on to keep chickens – but they're not for eating

Hen-rearing craze takes hold after drive to reduce household waste

The Netherlands: Take a peak inside

It may seem unlikely, but the low-lying Netherlands hosts some of the best indoor ski centres in Europe, says Patrick Thorne

Go Dutch, save money: British students can take degrees in English at the University of Maastricht and pay lower fees than at home

Why don't more British students head to the University of Maastricht, where they can take degrees in English and – best of all – pay lower fees than at home? By Lucy Hodges

Man arrested in Germany over killing of British wargame fanatic

On the internet, he was Shade, webmaster of Wars Central, a brilliant strategist who commanded victorious armies. In reality he was a bespectacled young man who grew up in a small provincial town, remembered by his school friends as a shy boy who was fascinated by web designs.

Man questioned over gamer's murder

A man has been questioned in Germany over the murder of a British computer games enthusiast he allegedly met on the internet, police said.

Hansel und Gretel, Glyndebourne Festival, Glyndebourne

In Laurent Pelly's new production of Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel, deforestation is already advanced: plastic bags hang from denuded trees, and the ground is strewn with the discarded waste of our overindulgent society.

The Sketch: A walk on the dark side shows even Miliband is stuck in the old politics

My older son takes a polite interest in politics. He's not obsessive about it, but knows who David Miliband is. "Is he running for prime minister?" he asked recently, having seen the fellow on some news clip. What an extraordinary question. I asked what had prompted it. "He's doing the voice," my son said, "and the gestures with his hands."

Peter Oborne: 'I wrote a story saying nothing was going on. My news editor told me a riot had broken out'

My Greatest Mistake: With the political editor of 'The Spectator'

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