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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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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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