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.


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."