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.

Market Report: Brussels muscles in and Bwin loses out

It could have been just another boring conference in Brussels. That was until the police arrived at the European Gaming and Betting Association's Responsible Gaming Day yesterday and took away Norbert Teufelberger, co-chief executive of Entertainment.

We want to reform the EU, not leave it

Britain’s top priority must be to push for a more flexible Europe.

Anthony Hilton: Bank’s new Governor must answer to us

The Channel Islands Stock Exchange is a thriving Guernsey based business working closely with firms in the City to provide market listing, international fund management and property activities. Business is booming and on Tuesday evening it said thank you to its City friends with a dinner and a debate in The Mansion House, the Lord Mayor's glittering official residence.

EU budget veto threat is 'absolutely ludicrous', says Ken Clarke

It is “absolutely ludicrous” for the UK to go to Brussels intending to veto the EU budget, Ken Clarke said today.

Editorial: An EU rebellion that warns of trouble ahead

The Tory parliamentary party is more Eurosceptic now than ever before

Tory MPs to tell David Cameron he's still too soft on the EU

Dozens of his backbenchers are preparing to back a rebel call for EU spending to be cut in 2014-2020

Tony Blair is thought to have long coveted a senior role in European politics and failed to secure the EU presidency in 2009

Tony Blair urges EU to elect a president (so who could be in contention?)

Former PM puts case for job he is said to have wanted in the past

Scotland manager Craig Levein

Craig Levein's days are numbered but who would replace him as Scotland manager?

The Scottish Football Association has a decision to make. With Scotland bottom of Group A, and six hard games left, their chances of reaching the 2014 World Cup have gone already. They look unlikely to catch Macedonia or Wales, to say nothing of Belgium and Croatia in the top two spots.

RSPB lodges EU complaint over burning of grouse moor

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has demanded a European investigation of the Government's wildlife watchdog amid a bitter row over the burning of a protected bird habitat. 

Usain Bolt got the better of Yohan Blake over both 100 and 200 metres in London

Jamaican sprinters Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt refuse to race head-to-head

The world's two fastest men won't face each other until next summer at the earliest, Simon Turnbull hears. And it's not all to do with money

End of cheap life cover looms for women

Women have just a small window of opportunity to make the most of cheap life insurance premiums before EU rules on gender kick in, significantly pushing up prices.

Brussels lifts restrictions on Zimbabwe aid

The European Union has lifted restrictions on aid to Zimbabwe and held out the prospect of removing sanctions from Zimbabwean officials to encourage political reform – though not from President Robert Mugabe and his inner circle.

David Cameron refuses to back EU exit

Prime Minister David Cameron has said he will not campaign for Britain to leave the EU in a referendum, warning that the UK would become “a sort of greater Switzerland” if it quit the 27-nation bloc.

Nicolas Sarkozy, pictured with wife Carla Bruni, preferred to travel by plane

Monsieur Normal flouts conventions to woo the public

François Hollande, the man who wooed the French with the promise to be a "normal" president, has decided to depart from rules and conventions in the name of normality.

Thierry Muret, Chocolatier: 'My family knows I'm stressed when I bake bread. It's calming'

My life in food: Thierry Muret, chocolatier

Godiva Chocolates, founded in Brussels in 1926, is known for its upmarket milk chocolate. Since 1988, Thierry Muret, a trained chemist as well as chocolatier, has been its development chef. The latest Godiva boutique opens today in Harrods in London.

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