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PM defends EU budget position

David Cameron has defended the collapse of talks aimed at agreeing the EU budget, saying: "We are not going to be tough on budgets at home and sign up to big increases in European spending in Brussels."

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Who wants what in the EU budget talks?

The EU budget negotiations, which properly start this evening, will see a clash of interests of different member states and EU institutions.

  • The UK, with its allies Sweden and the Netherlands, wants hefty cuts.
  • Germany, France, Finland and Austria want to freeze the maximum Brussels can draw from member states every year.
  • The European Commission and European Parliament want the budget to increase.
  • Poland is leading 15 countries who support this. They are "net beneficiaries" who receive more from the EU than they pay in.

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