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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.

Composers complain to Brussels over copyright

A musicians' group is alleging that leading European broadcasters are forcing them to give up the copyrights to their work, sharply reducing their earnings.

Christine Lagarde, the IMF director, at yesterday’s talks in Brussels

Ministers set to approve new €130bn Greek bailout after Athens agrees to deeper cuts

European finance ministers appeared last night to be on the brink of a deal to grant Greece another multibillion-euro bailout and stave off the threat of a potentially disastrous default next month.

Greeks protest in Syntagma Square, Athens, against the government’s latest austerity measures

Europe hopes for a deal at last in €130bn Greek saga

After eight months of acrimony and bitter stand-offs, agreement finally breaks out

Mo Farah: The 28-year-old Briton says he is focusing only on winning the two-mile race in Birmingham

Farah set to harvest European record of retired gardener

Emiel Puttemans is planning to get on his bike this afternoon. "I'll be cycling to the sea," he said.

A man finds lunch at one of the food points in Athens yesterday

Greeks rage at erosion of sovereignty while leaders haggle over deal

Resentment of ruthless austerity programme may not be enough to prevent bailout package

A riot policeman avoids a petrol bomb

Greece spiralling into catastrophic depression

Greece is expecting to agree the terms of European leaders for a rescue package this evening as the country seeks to avoid a default on its international debts. But Greeks fear that the cuts, imposed on them in return for a €130bn bailout, is sending the country spiralling into a catastrophic depression.

Sir Elton John: We must end the greed of these corporations

Remember Stella? No? Well, let me remind you. On World Aids Day in 2010 when I was guest editor of The Independent I chose a story to lead the paper about four-year-old Stella Mbabazi who became HIV-positive in her mother's womb. She had not died. Indeed she, and many like her in rural Uganda, was thriving thanks to a cheap supply of antiretroviral drugs from India.

Diana Wallis attacked the 'Buggins' turn principle' of the EU Presidency election

British MEPs try to challenge the 'stitch-up' in Brussels

A pair of British Euro MPs will today challenge the “stitch-up” between two large, political groups that has monopolised the presidency of the European Parliament for the last two decades.

Palestinians wait to pass a checkpoint outside the West Bank city of Ramallah

EU on verge of abandoning hope for a viable Palestinian state

Israel's foreign ministry denied that Israeli settlers were taking water resources from the West Bank

Clegg risks new rift with call for EU to bypass Cameron's veto

Nick Clegg defied David Cameron by calling for the pact on fiscal union planned by other European Union countries to be "absorbed" into the EU's governing treaties.

Cameron digs in over French Tobin tax plan

To some, it is the solution to many of the world's financial woes, raising billions from the financiers seen as responsible for the crises.

I'll block Tobin tax on City, PM vows

To some, it is the solution to many of the world's financial woes, raising billions from the financiers seen as responsible for the crises in the first place.

'Ed could find himself under pressure in six months if things do not start to look up'

More misery for Miliband as Cameron's EU veto gives Tories first lead in 14 months

Poll shows strong Conservative gain as Labour reflects on year of wasted opportunities

Trade union members block the road into Brussels at 'Delta', during a 24 hour general strike in the public sector

Belgian public sector strikes hit Eurostar route

Britons heading for Brussels endured travel disruption today as the Christmas getaway began in earnest.

Eurostar hit by Belgian strike

Christmas travellers will have their getaway plans disrupted by a strike in Belgium on Thursday.

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