News The refurbished residence of Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst in Limburg, Germany

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.

Preview: Going Out: pop: fatboy slim vs armand van helden

It's a Brighton vs Manhattan thing. Shooting it out before 4000 up-for-it people at the Academy are two veteran DJ/producers who can't do anything wrong at the moment: Van Helden's new single "Flowerz" could well top the charts this weekend while the Fatboy's "Right Here Right Now" will surely be a massive hit the following week. As far as live performances go, Van Helden's current live set of disco-flavoured house and hip-hop is less known than that of Mr Cook (left), who is nothing short of awesome, especially when he throws in radical remixes of such pop standards as "When Doves Cry" and "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction". Both of them will play their own sets and then finish off with a head-to-head finale which simply can't be missed.

Arts: I don't do opera - unless it's theatre

Peter Stein is one of the world's greatest theatre directors and tonight his eagerly awaited Peter Grimes opens in Cardiff. He tells Mark Pappenheim why this is only his seventh opera

UK pressed by Commission to rejoin ERM

BRUSSELS yesterday stepped up the pressure on Britain to rejoin Europe's Exchange Rate Mechanism, highlighting the pound's volatility as the sole impediment to UK membership of the euro.

Outlook: Eddie and the Euro-phobes

WHAT'S the difference between a Euro-pragmatist - Eddie George's description of himself - and a Euro-sceptic? The Governor's doubts about the wisdom of the single currency project, at least for Britain and for now, are well-known, but his explanation of them before the Treasury Select Committee yesterday was fascinating.

Germany's deficit poses EMU threat

Germany's continuing struggle with its budget deficit, highlighted by figures released earlier this week, could jeopardise EMU, say some of The Independent's experts.

Cheesed off

Letter from a low country

Softer terms expected on Maastricht criteria

John Shepherd

Election '97: Thatcher alters history with 'slip of the tongue'

Baroness Thatcher attempted to rewrite a little bit of history when she wrongly told a group of reporters this week that she had voted against the Maastricht treaty Bill in 1993.

Best of the bunches

Planted snowdrops in silver-painted crates, from pounds 65 (pounds 360 for arrangement shown), from Kenneth Turner, 125 Mount Street, London W1, 0171 355 3880

MONEY TALK Those dastardly Europeans will do us no harm

The threat a single European currency would pose to British national sovereignty or even British culture is one of those subjects guaranteed to generate more heat than light.

CLASSICAL MUSIC Moses und Aron RFH, London

An ugly little scene prefaced the Festival Hall Moses und Aron on Sunday evening. The conductor, Christoph von Dohnanyi, had taken his place at the rostrum; then, as the houselights went down for the first scene, there were increasingly angry cries of "Lights!" from the back of the stalls. Finally, someone spelt it out: "How are we supposed to read the text if we can't see it?"

Letter: Who will tell us the truth about the single currency?

Everyone, including your correspondent John Lichfield, seems to think that sterling would decline against the euro if we do not join a single European currency. Why should it? Recently, sterling has risen sharply against the mark and the dollar. Given that, due to the fudges necessary for many countries to pass the Maastricht criteria, it is likely that the euro will not be as hard as the mark, it seems much more probable that sterling will rise against the euro when it arrives.

Kohl submits to delay on integration

Europe's future: Momentum is building for monetary union in 1999, but political integration will be postponed until next century

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links