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Clegg: 'Isolationist forces in Britain are on the rise'

In a speech in which Nick Clegg argued that Europe "richer, stronger, safer and greener", the deputy prime minister also outlined "isolationist forces" which he says are on the rise in Britain.

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg. Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

He said: "The isolationist forces in Britain are on the rise - UKIP on the doorstep; Conservative politicians at their conference; familiar headlines in some of our newspapers each placing Britain’s ills firmly at Brussels’ door: too much immigration, too much crime, too much red tape.

"And every time Europe is back in the spotlight, their hostility towards it – this negative reaction to all things continental – drowns out the other voices in this debate."

Nick Clegg's speech was entitled Richer, stronger, safer, greener.

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Nick Clegg: 'Being in Europe makes Britain stronger'

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg used a speech on Britain and Europe to say pro-Europeans need to take responsibility for the "negative reaction to all things continental".

Fireworks light up Eiffel Tower on Bastille Day

Traditional fireworks lit up the night sky near the Eiffel Tower on Sunday as Parisians gathered under France's most beloved monument to celebrate Bastille Day.

The Eiffel Tower is illuminated during the traditional Bastille Day fireworks display in Paris. Credit: Reuters

Sparkles of red white and blue burst overhead as onlookers grooved to a mix of French songs, international dance numbers and even an occasional Bollywood tune thrown in.

Lasers and fireworks light the sky around the Eiffel Tower. Credit: Reuters

The 'Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite'-themed display that lasted about thirty minutes cost the city 600,000 euros, local media reported.

Lights shine from the Eiffel Tower during Bastille Day celebrations. Credit: Reuters

Bastille Day is the name given to France's day of national celebration, often called La Fete Nationale in France.

Mandelson: Business and security at risk if UK leaves EU

Lord Mandelson served as Trade Commissioner to the EU for four years and was Business Secretary between 2009 and 2010. Credit: PA

Former Business Secretary Lord Mandelson said: "If Britain quit the EU, amongst the losers would be businesses foregoing trade and investment opportunities, their employees whose jobs and workplace rights would be at risk, the police and security agencies who would sacrifice vital collaboration."

"The British people would lose the freedom to travel, live and work as they wish across Europe," he continued.

"In return we would get the dubious satisfaction of standing alone in the world."

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Lib Dem minister warns against 'reckless isolationists'

Liberal Democrat Danny Alexander is Chief Secretary to the Treasury. Credit: PA

Treasury minister Danny Alexander said the EU was "one of the central pillars of British prosperity and security".

"Membership of the EU gives market access to British firms, makes us more attractive to overseas investors, and underpins more than three million British jobs," he said.

"EU trade deals with the US, India, Canada and Japan will be worth billions to the UK economy but could not be won by the UK alone."

"Britain must work with our allies for change from within to ensure the EU continues to take reform seriously.

"The isolationists are reckless with our prosperity and security. We cannot let them succeed."

Ken Clarke backs campaign to keep UK in EU

Ken Clarke was Justice Secretary from 2010 to 2012. Since then he has been Minister without Porftolio. Credit: PA

Conservative minister Ken Clarke has joined forces with Liberal Democrat Danny Alexander and Labour's Lord Mandelson to warn that leaving the EU would be an "historical error".

The politicians insisted the UK should work to reform the organisation from within rather than walking away.

Mr Clarke, regarded as the sole Conservative europhile in the Cabinet, said: "David Cameron has already shown what can be achieved in Europe through strong, determined leadership.

"We earn our living in a globalised economy and a world in which nations are interdependent in tackling global and regional problems.

"We can help to promote our own interests best by reinforcing our role as a leading nation in the EU."

A thousand people flee as town of Dresden floods

Flood levels in the eastern German city of Dresden were expected to rise further today as the Elbe river flooded large parts of the old town.

Some 1,000 people have been evacuated from their homes so far and the city issued a level four flood warning - the highest on the scale.

Dresden's historic Schlossplatz square is largely underwater Credit: Reuters
The Elbe river has almost reached the top of the arches on this old bridge Credit: Reuters
Sandbags protect a school from the rising water Credit: Reuters
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