EU budget deal agreed

European leaders have reached a deal on a €908 billion (£773 billion) EU budget for the next seven years, at a summit in Brussels.

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EU President 'delays budget offer due to divisions'

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy has chosen not to present a new budget compromise to EU leaders at a summit after sharp splits emerged between key nations, EU diplomats have told Reuters.

"There will be no new proposals [from Van Rompuy]," one source said on condition of anonymity. The impasse could mean that no new proposal is presented at all on the first night of the two-day summit, a second source said.

Van Rompuy had been expected to present a revised budget plan to leaders this afternoon, but that was delayed by more than five hours as meetings among EU leaders showed deep differences in their positions.

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