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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.

Axelle Lemaire says Britain and France should be working together for the good of the economy

Sarkozy's revenge! French to get their own London MP

As cross-Channel tensions rise, Parisian politicians prepare to fight for a new seat centred on the UK capital

British fisheries avoid quota cuts

Fishing fleets face fewer days at sea but bigger catch quotas after marathon talks which ended at dawn in Brussels.

French banker calls for UK to be stripped of AAA rating

Anglo-French relations hit a new low yesterday as the head of France’s central bank made an extraordinary call for the UK to be stripped of its gold-plated sovereign credit rating.

French call for UK rating downgrade sparks storm

Britain must be the first to suffer, says Central bank's Christian Noyer

French President Nicolas Sarkozy says Europe needs Britain

Sarkozy rages at Cameron as euro treaty doubts grow

Nicolas Sarkozy launched a personal attack on David Cameron yesterday amid growing signs that last week's agreement struck by the other 26 European Union countries without Britain is already fraying at the edges.

The PM and his deputy in Downing Street yesterday

Coalition partners put a brave face on their battered relationship

After a torrid few days, Nick Clegg began yesterday among friends. He arrived at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in London's Knightsbridge at 7.45am and had time, appropriately, for croissants and coffee as he prepared to address the Business for New Europe group.

EU 26 fight to stop pact unravelling

Several non-eurozone nations having doubts about 'fiscal compact', while Sarkozy inflames divisions with attack on 'kid' Cameron

Clegg attends PMQs as Cameron plays down euro row

The Prime Minister attempted to play down reports of deep divisions within the coalition over his controversial decision to veto a new European treaty, saying it was not surprising that Tories and Liberal Democrats "don't always agree about Europe".

Foreign Office complains of being sidelined

Mrs Thatcher may have disliked diplomats for not being "one of us", but she still used them to make sure there was someone to blame when things went wrong. David Cameron has behaved over the euro negotiations more like his Labour predecessor Tony Blair, whose Downing Street team often virtually ignored the Foreign Office altogether, as the Iraq disaster revealed.

After his Commons no-show on Monday it was back to business as usual for Nick Clegg yesterday

PM tells Clegg to 'pick up the pieces' in Europe

Stormy Cabinet session sees Lib Dem ministers attack Cameron for negotiating tactics

Nicolas Sarkozy, Angela Merkel and the EC president, Jose Manuel Barroso, in Brussels

'Clumsy' Cameron's walkout a blessing for Europe, says France

Britain's self-imposed isolation from European treaty reform talks is a "blessing" for other EU nations, one of President Nicolas Sarkozy's leading advisers said at the weekend. Although Britain's split with the rest of the EU was "regrettable", it would make future negotiations on a fiscal union to save the euro much simpler, said Jean-David Levitte, President Sarkozy's chief diplomatic adviser.

Britain 'to maintain EU influence'

David Cameron insisted today that Britain's influence in Europe will be maintained despite his dramatic decision to veto treaty changes designed to save the single currency.

David Cameron arrived at the EU summit tonight insisting he will be battling for eurozone stability and the protection of British interests

Cameron isolated as leaders fight for the EU's survival

Veto threat unless City of London is not undermined by plan to forge fiscal union in eurozone

Rail loophole allows entry to UK

The Government alone is powerless to close a loophole which enables people to enter the UK illegally, the Immigration Minister admitted today.

Angela Merkel with her Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble yesterday

The Merkel plan: I'll save the euro with a federal Europe

Rift between France and Germany opens up after Sarkozy rejects leap towards a European state

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