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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.

Angela Merkel insists that it is not the right time to reduce the pressure on euro members to cut their deficits

Angela Merkel under pressure to sign up to eurozone stimulus plan

European Union leaders will tonight pledge to give greater priority to securing economic growth as they increase the pressure on Germany to do more to solve the eurozone crisis.

Greece's leader-in-waiting goes on tour

The charismatic Greek leftist who could determine the fate of the euro begins a tour of European capitals yesterday carrying a single message: it's time to talk.

Trust in Tories slides as George Osborne blames Europe for Britain's double dip

The Conservatives have lost their lead over Labour on economic competence as doubts grow about the "austerity strategy" pursued by the Coalition and governments across Europe.

Dutch politicians close to austerity budget deal

The Dutch caretaker government and opposition lawmakers said today that they are close to a deal on a provisional 2013 austerity budget, but the outcome was not yet certain.

Participants during a competition for the 2012 best moustache of Brussels

Beautiful moustaches: Winners by a whisker

Men with the finest and most flamboyant whiskers in Belgium turned out for the election of the most beautiful moustache in Brussels during a competition organised by the Order of the Brussels Moustache yesterday.

Beaten track: Eurostar runs 18 trains a day each way between London and Paris

Eurostar off to a high-speed start with healthy sales figures

Increased demand from leisure travellers resulted in Channel Tunnel high-speed train company Eurostar enjoying a good start to 2012.

Brooke-Rose: as well as her fiction, she was a formidable critic and scholar

Christine Brooke-Rose: Writer acclaimed for her inventive and playful experimental fiction

Christine Brooke-Rose was a richly innovative novelist and a formidable critic. She moved between languages, countries and identities without securing a fixed place in a literary canon or a national culture, but this mobility, combined with her inventiveness, humour and insight, madeher particularly well-equipped to grasp the contemporary world of signs and simulations.

Judith Tebbutt was freed by Somali pirates on Wednesday after being held in captivity for six months

EU's anti-piracy mission will attack Somali land targets

The European Union has agreed to expand its mission against Somali pirates and will allow military forces to attack land targets in Somalia, in a significant escalation of operations in the Horn of Africa.

The memorial service took place at the Soeverein Arena in Lommel

A nation mourns victims of ski trip coach crash

King Albert II, above with Queen Paola, and thousands of mourners took part in a memorial service in Lommel, northern Belgium, yesterday for the 15 children and two adults from the local school who died in a bus crash in a Swiss tunnel last week.

Belgium marks bus crash deaths with minute's silence

Belgium has marked the deaths of 28 people in a school coach crash with a minute's silence observed by schoolchildren, politicians, factory workers, shoppers and motorists across the country.

Schoolboys look at floral tributes to the crash victims from Stekske School in Lommel, Belgium, yesterday

Was school ski-trip coach crash caused by driver changing DVD?

Survivors from accident that killed 22 children suggest driver 'wanted to switch to another disc'

Israel 'must end imputiny of violence by settlers'

EU governments, including Britain, have secretly been urged by their top diplomats in Jerusalem and the West Bank to press Israel to enforce laws against Jewish settlers responsible for an "alarming" rise in violence against Palestinians and their property.

Keith Allen, in his dogged attempt to understand Nick Griffin, found the BNP leader expressed his political views clearly and coherently

Keith Allen: How I hunted down Nick Griffin

Horrified by the BNP's success at the last election, he made a documentary about its leader. Channel 4 then refused to show it – until now

David Cameron finally confessed that he had ridden Raisa, the retired police horse that was lent to the former chief executive of News International, Rebekah Brooks

Diary: Why 'horsegate' was on message for the Cameron grid

Yesterday was "Syria day" on the Downing Street grid. The grid is a device pioneered in Tony Blair's time by Alastair Campbell, under which all forthcoming government announcements, speeches etc are logged on a central calendar to prevent unnecessary clashes and so that the media managers know what the main message is to be.

I did ride police horse, says David Cameron

David Cameron confirmed today that he did ride a horse which was lent by police to former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks.

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