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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.

Clarke's 'No' to EU vote

A Conservative Government would not seek to reopen negotiations on the Lisbon Treaty if the controversial document has been ratified by all 27 EU states by the time it comes to power, shadow business secretary Kenneth Clarke said yesterday.

Buoyant Cameron looks east to find Eurosceptic friends

The Tories aim to form a new Eurosceptic grouping at Brussels drawing heavily from former Iron Curtain countries by the end of the month.

In Brussels, you can't walk away from René

New museum honours Magritte

Woman sues in UK over Belgian face-lift

Lawsuit says the patient wasn't warned of risk that nerves could be damaged

Andrew Grice: Brown between rock and hard place

Brussels -- Gordon Brown has insisted that, contrary to all the headlines, he is on track to secure a "global new deal" to combat the economic crisis when 20 world leaders gather in London on April 2

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JCVD? What's this – a sexual superbug?

Belgian suspect linked to other murder

A Belgian prosecutor says the suspect in the triple slaying at a Belgian daycare center last week is also thought to have killed an elderly woman ten days ago.

Album: Galliano/Brussels Jazz Orchestra, Ten Years Ago, (Milan)

A slightly old-fashioned but superbly swinging big band set, with Galliano's ridiculously virtuosic accordion playing taking the lead role normally performed by a star pianist or horn-man.

New bid to sway Ireland over EU treaty

A proposal to break the logjam over Ireland's rejection of the EU's Lisbon Treaty may be presented to the gathering of member states' leaders in Brussels this week, it was revealed today.

Stay the night: Café du Vaudeville, Brussels

Brussels' newest hotel is housed in one of its oldest buildings. The ultra-chic Galerie de la Reine, off Grand' Place, was one of the first shopping malls in the world. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels frequented the Galerie's Café du Vaudeville when it opened in 1847. Later, Victor Hugo and Auguste Rodin were regulars at both the café and 260-seat theatre.

Brussels slaps record fine on glass cartel

Pilkington is one of four international glass companies subject to the European Commission's biggest-ever fine for price fixing. The UK company, now owned by Nippon Sheet Glass, must stump up €370m (£309m), St Gobain of France must pay €896m, Japan's Asahi €114m and Belgium's Soliver €4.4m, Brussels ruled yesterday.

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/11/today-in-politi.html">Today in Politics: Driller Brown</a>

Gordon Brown is visiting the Gulf States, his seventh overseas trip in the past eight weeks. On Friday he goes to Brussels for an EU summit ahead of a world leaders' meeting on the financial crisis in Washington a week later.

Brussels rules out Mandelson investigation

The European Commission today attempted to draw a line under the growing clamour for full disclosure about Peter Mandelson's official contacts during his four years as the EU's Trade Commissioner.

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/10/today-in-pol-10.html">Today in Politics: Bouncy Brown bombards Brussels</a>

What a difference 10 months makes. Last December, Gordon Brown was the villain of the European Union when he turned up three hours late for the signing ceremony for the Lisbon Treaty.

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The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

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Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

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A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

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After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
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Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

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Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

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Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
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Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

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Harry Kane interview

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Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

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