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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.

France sees toughest cuts to spending since 1945

President Nicolas Sarkozy will be forced to swallow his own medicine today, imposing new austerity measures a week after insisting on harsh discipline for Greece and Italy.

David Cameron: 'Euro trade links are a key interest'

Britain's top priority in Europe is protecting its trading links within the single market, David Cameron insisted today.

Eurozone leaders may take weeks to resolve debt crisis solution

Peace and prosperity in Europe cannot be guaranteed, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned last night, as it emerged that a full deal to save the Eurozone economies will not be finalised for weeks.

Eurozone still living on borrowed time

Detailed deal on debt crisis 'weeks away' despite emergency summit

German MPs back bailout fund boost

Chancellor Angela Merkel won the support of German lawmakers to increase the firepower of the eurozone's bailout fund today and indicated that private investors like banks should take losses of at least 50 per cent on their Greek debt holdings.

David Cameron set for Eurozone summit

Prime Minister David Cameron has arrived in Brussels for another summit after risking the wrath of French President Nicolas Sarkozy with a new call to eurozone leaders to solve the crisis once and for all.

The great euro rescue gamble

Hopes that today's emergency summit will solve the EU's debt crisis are fading fast. Yet few doubt that it will culminate with a new rescue package. Can such a plan avert disaster?

David Prosser: Who would want to buy Royal Mail?

Outlook In getting through legislation for the privatisation of Royal Mail last week, the Coalition Government achieved a success that has eluded its predecessors for the best part of two decades. And that was the easiest part of the process.

David Prosser: If Britain can't reform the boardroom, let Brussels do the job

Outlook The pace of reform in Britain's boardrooms is agonisingly slow. Two months ago, Lord Davies, the former trade minister, published his proposals for increasing the pitifully small number of female directors of quoted companies. It has taken until today for the Financial Reporting Council (FRC), the body that sets the corporate-governance rules for these companies, to respond. Now we'll have another consultation.

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Belgians 'celebrate' 249 days of indecision

John Lichfield reports from Brussels on a new world record for political failure

Belgium – eight months with no government

A new world record is about to be set for political indecision

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Belgium's capital is easy to reach and explore, and full of cultural, gastronomic and architectural treats.

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