The Swedish prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte share Britain's view that the EU bidget must be reduced:
We accept that the Netherlands will remain a net contributor, but we will insist on a fair deal that includes our rebate and a modern and sober EU budget that reflects these austere times ...
I'm not sure we'll succeed in one go. If it doesn't happen at once we have to avoid worsening the atmosphere by so much that we need months to restore personal relations. Let's try to get talks to a quiet end and continue in January.
We want the overall spending levels to come down and also a more modern budget. It should address the competitiveness problems that we see in Europe.
The Prime Minister's performance at this EU summit has been interesting and it hints at a more tactical engagement with Europe.
The Prime Minister has hit out at EU institutions for not going far enough to rein in spending as budget talks were postponed until January.
Getting 27 people with different interests to agree to anything is hard, but the lack of solidarity among EU members can be striking.