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Britain says not enough progress at EU budget summit

Published on Nov 23, 2012 5:45 PM
 
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron speaks to the media as he arrives at the European Union (EU) council headquarters for an EU leaders summit discussing the EU's long-term budget in Brussels Nov 23, 2012. Mr Cameron kept up his defiant stance on Friday at a troubled European Union (EU) summit on the bloc's trillion-euro budget, insisting that deeper cuts must be made. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BRUSSELS (AFP) - British Prime Minister David Cameron kept up his defiant stance on Friday at a troubled European Union (EU) summit on the bloc's trillion-euro budget, insisting that deeper cuts must be made.

"I don't think there has been enough progress," said Mr Cameron, whom angry EU diplomats accuse of blocking a deal on the seven-year budget for the bloc with his "virulent" demands for austerity.

"It isn't a time for tinkering, it isn't about moving money from one part of the budget to another. We need unaffordable spending cut. That's what is happening at home, that's what needs to happen here," he told reporters.

Nearly a year after he angered his European counterparts by vetoing a pact to resolve the euro zone crisis, Mr Cameron was again at odds with them by demanding cuts to the perks enjoyed by so-called "eurocrats".

 
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