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EU chiefs fail to set budget

By Bloomberg News

This article was published November 23, 2012 at 10:07 a.m.

— European Union leaders failed to agree on the bloc’s next seven-year budget, forcing them to hold another summit next year to seal the deal.

The conflicts at the EU chiefs’ two-day meeting in Brussels that ended Friday offered a 27-nation re-enactment of the rancor that has marked the debt crisis in the 17-nation euro region.

France defended farm subsidies, Britain clung to a rebate and Denmark demanded its own cash-back guarantee.

Eastern and southern countries said reduced financing for public-works projects would condemn them to lag behind the wealthier north.

The summit failure is “bad news for Europe,” European Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmstroem said in a post on Twitter.

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