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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.

Former Chancellor Nigel Lawson calls for UK to leave European Union

The move piles further pressure on David Cameron over the EU issue

Editorial: From Westminster to Brussels, via reality TV

Both Christine Hamilton and her husband are being lined up to stand for Ukip

500 business leaders call for new deal in Europe

More than 500 businessmen, including former Marks & Spencer chief executive Sir Stuart Rose and the heads of Next, B&Q and Harvey Nichols, have launched a campaign to negotiate a better deal for Britain in the EU.

EU cap on bankers' bonuses is unhelpful distraction, says Sir Mervyn King

The controversial European Union cap for bankers' bonuses is an unhelpful "distraction", according to the UK's top financial sector regulators.

George Osborne at the EU Headquarters in Brussels.

George Osborne opposes EU's planned cap on bankers' bonuses

Brussels plans to limits bonuses to 100 per cent of salary - or twice that with shareholder approval

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Editorial: Ready to return to Brussels, Sir John?

The prospect of Sir John Major speaking on any subject is an inviting one, given his transformation from much-derided Prime Minister to all-but-perfect elder statesman. Even more so when the debate is on so emotive a topic as Britain, Europe, and David Cameron’s promise to re-write the rules and then put it to a vote.

Charleroi airport closed after five killed in plane crash in Belgium

Five people, three of them children, died this morning in a plane crash in Belgium.

EU budget analysis: A hard day's night for Cameron as the real coffee runs out

Luckily for David Cameron, a new Nexpresso machine had been installed in the UK delegation office at the European Council building just before his first all-night EU session since becoming Prime Minister. The machine also worked overtime. As dawn broke in Brussels today, the only coffee left was decaffeinated. Some 120 shots of the real thing had been used up by Mr Cameron and his 20-odd team of officials.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Serbia's Nato envoy Branislav Milinkovic leaps to his death at Brussels airport

Diplomats said they knew of no circumstances - private or professional - that would have prompted him to take his own life

Nato ready to deploy Patriot missiles on border with Syria

Nato is due today to authorise the deployment of Patriot missile batteries to the Syrian border amid apprehension that the regime of President Bashar al-Assad may launch attacks using its stock of chemical weapons.

David Cameron vows to protect Thatcher's EU rebate

David Cameron will not accept a cut in Britain's rebate from Brussels as he tries to secure a freeze in the European Union budget, Downing Street said today.

EU plans to go ahead on budget without Cameron

David Cameron has come under increasing pressure to rein in Eurosceptic members of his party after it emerged that frustrated European Union officials have begun drawing up a plan to pass a crucial seven-year budget without the UK.

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