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Battle lines sharpen in fight over seven-year EU budget

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Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (L) talks with Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel during a European Union leaders summit discussing the EU's long-term budget in Brussels November 22, 2012. European Union negotiators believe they are close to securing British and German backing for a deal on nearly a trillion euros of spending over the next seven years, but last minute concessions may be needed to secure French and Polish...more

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (L) talks with Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel during a European Union leaders summit discussing the EU's long-term budget in Brussels November 22, 2012. European Union negotiators believe they are close to securing British and German backing for a deal on nearly a trillion euros of spending over the next seven years, but last minute concessions may be needed to secure French and Polish support. REUTERS/Yves Herman
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French President Francois Hollande (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel leave after a bilateral meeting at the EU council headquarters, ahead of a European Union leaders summit discussing the European Union's long-term budget, in Brussels November 22, 2012. European Union negotiators believe they are close to securing British and German backing for a deal on nearly a trillion euros of spending over the next seven years, but last...more

French President Francois Hollande (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel leave after a bilateral meeting at the EU council headquarters, ahead of a European Union leaders summit discussing the European Union's long-term budget, in Brussels November 22, 2012. European Union negotiators believe they are close to securing British and German backing for a deal on nearly a trillion euros of spending over the next seven years, but last minute concessions may be needed to secure French and Polish support. REUTERS/Bertrand Langlois/Pool
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French President Francois Hollande (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) attend a bilateral meeting at the EU council headquarters ahead of a European Union leaders summit discussing the European Union's long-term budget in Brussels November 22, 2012. European Union negotiators believe they are close to securing British and German backing for a deal on nearly a trillion euros of spending over the next seven years, but last...more

French President Francois Hollande (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) attend a bilateral meeting at the EU council headquarters ahead of a European Union leaders summit discussing the European Union's long-term budget in Brussels November 22, 2012. European Union negotiators believe they are close to securing British and German backing for a deal on nearly a trillion euros of spending over the next seven years, but last minute concessions may be needed to secure French and Polish support. REUTERS/Bertrand Langlois/Pool
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Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy arrives at the EU council headquarters for an European Union leaders summit discussing the European Union's long-term budget in Brussels November 22, 2012. European Union negotiators believe they are close to securing British and German backing for a deal on nearly a trillion euros of spending over the next seven years, but last minute concessions may be needed to secure French and Polish...more

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy arrives at the EU council headquarters for an European Union leaders summit discussing the European Union's long-term budget in Brussels November 22, 2012. European Union negotiators believe they are close to securing British and German backing for a deal on nearly a trillion euros of spending over the next seven years, but last minute concessions may be needed to secure French and Polish support. REUTERS/Yves Herman
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Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (C) arrives at the EU council headquarters for an European Union leaders summit discussing the European Union's long-term budget in Brussels November 22, 2012. European Union negotiators believe they are close to securing British and German backing for a deal on nearly a trillion euros of spending over the next seven years, but last minute concessions may be needed to secure French and Polish...more

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (C) arrives at the EU council headquarters for an European Union leaders summit discussing the European Union's long-term budget in Brussels November 22, 2012. European Union negotiators believe they are close to securing British and German backing for a deal on nearly a trillion euros of spending over the next seven years, but last minute concessions may be needed to secure French and Polish support. REUTERS/Sebastien Pirlet
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Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras arrives at the EU council headquarters for an European Union leaders summit discussing the European Union's long-term budget in Brussels November 22, 2012. EU negotiators believe they are close to securing British and German backing for a deal on nearly a trillion euros of spending over the next seven years, but last minute concessions may be needed to secure French and Polish support....more

Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras arrives at the EU council headquarters for an European Union leaders summit discussing the European Union's long-term budget in Brussels November 22, 2012. EU negotiators believe they are close to securing British and German backing for a deal on nearly a trillion euros of spending over the next seven years, but last minute concessions may be needed to secure French and Polish support. REUTERS/Sebastien Pirlet
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Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives at the EU council headquarters for an European Union leaders summit discussing the European Union's long-term budget in Brussels November 22, 2012. European Union negotiators believe they are close to securing British and German backing for a deal on nearly a trillion euros of spending over the next seven years, but last minute concessions may be needed to secure French and Polish support....more

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives at the EU council headquarters for an European Union leaders summit discussing the European Union's long-term budget in Brussels November 22, 2012. European Union negotiators believe they are close to securing British and German backing for a deal on nearly a trillion euros of spending over the next seven years, but last minute concessions may be needed to secure French and Polish support. REUTERS/Sebastien Pirlet
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France's President Francois Hollande arrives at the EU council headquarters for an European Union leaders summit discussing the European Union's long-term budget in Brussels November 22, 2012. European Union negotiators believe they are close to securing British and German backing for a deal on nearly a trillion euros of spending over the next seven years, but last minute concessions may be needed to secure French and Polish...more

France's President Francois Hollande arrives at the EU council headquarters for an European Union leaders summit discussing the European Union's long-term budget in Brussels November 22, 2012. European Union negotiators believe they are close to securing British and German backing for a deal on nearly a trillion euros of spending over the next seven years, but last minute concessions may be needed to secure French and Polish support. REUTERS/Sebastien Pirlet
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Luxembourg's Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker arrives at the EU council headquarters for an European Union leaders summit discussing the European Union's long-term budget in Brussels November 22, 2012. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Luxembourg's Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker arrives at the EU council headquarters for an European Union leaders summit discussing the European Union's long-term budget in Brussels November 22, 2012. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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Croatia's Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic arrives at the EU council headquarters for an European Union leaders summit discussing the European Union's long-term budget in Brussels November 22, 2012. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Croatia's Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic arrives at the EU council headquarters for an European Union leaders summit discussing the European Union's long-term budget in Brussels November 22, 2012. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk talks to reporters at the EU council headquarters ahead of an European Union leaders summit discussing the European Union's long-term budget in Brussels November 22, 2012. European Union negotiators believe they are close to securing British and German backing for a deal on nearly a trillion euros of spending over the next seven years, but last minute concessions may be needed to secure French...more

Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk talks to reporters at the EU council headquarters ahead of an European Union leaders summit discussing the European Union's long-term budget in Brussels November 22, 2012. European Union negotiators believe they are close to securing British and German backing for a deal on nearly a trillion euros of spending over the next seven years, but last minute concessions may be needed to secure French and Polish support. REUTERS/Yves Herman
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Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico arrives at the EU council headquarters for an European Union leaders summit discussing the European Union's long-term budget in Brussels November 22, 2012. European Union negotiators believe they are close to securing British and German backing for a deal on nearly a trillion euros of spending over the next seven years, but last minute concessions may be needed to secure French and Polish...more

Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico arrives at the EU council headquarters for an European Union leaders summit discussing the European Union's long-term budget in Brussels November 22, 2012. European Union negotiators believe they are close to securing British and German backing for a deal on nearly a trillion euros of spending over the next seven years, but last minute concessions may be needed to secure French and Polish support. REUTERS/Eric Vidal
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Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann talks to the media as he arrives at the EU council headquarters for an European Union leaders summit discussing the European Union's long-term budget in Brussels November 22, 2012. EU negotiators believe they are close to securing British and German backing for a deal on nearly a trillion euros of spending over the next seven years, but last minute concessions may be needed to secure French and...more

Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann talks to the media as he arrives at the EU council headquarters for an European Union leaders summit discussing the European Union's long-term budget in Brussels November 22, 2012. EU negotiators believe they are close to securing British and German backing for a deal on nearly a trillion euros of spending over the next seven years, but last minute concessions may be needed to secure French and Polish support. REUTERS/Sebastien Pirlet
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European Council President Herman Van Rompuy arrives at an European Union leaders summit discussing the European Union's long-term budget in Brussels November 22, 2012. European Union negotiators believe they are close to securing British and German backing for a deal on nearly a trillion euros of spending over the next seven years, but last minute concessions may be needed to secure French and Polish support. REUTERS/Yves Herman

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy arrives at an European Union leaders summit discussing the European Union's long-term budget in Brussels November 22, 2012. European Union negotiators believe they are close to securing British and German backing for a deal on nearly a trillion euros of spending over the next seven years, but last minute concessions may be needed to secure French and Polish support. REUTERS/Yves Herman
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Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (L) talks with Luxembourg's Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker during an European Union leaders summit discussing the European Union's long-term budget in Brussels November 22, 2012. European Union negotiators believe they are close to securing British and German backing for a deal on nearly a trillion euros of spending over the next seven years, but last minute concessions may be needed to...more

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (L) talks with Luxembourg's Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker during an European Union leaders summit discussing the European Union's long-term budget in Brussels November 22, 2012. European Union negotiators believe they are close to securing British and German backing for a deal on nearly a trillion euros of spending over the next seven years, but last minute concessions may be needed to secure French and Polish support. REUTERS/Yves Herman
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Croatia's Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic arrives at the EU council headquarters for a European Union leaders summit discussing the bloc's long-term budget in Brussels November 22, 2012. EU heads of state and governements will need to agree a first-ever cut in the bloc's long-term spending plans if they are to clinch a deal at a summit starting on Thursday, with the drive for austerity likely to trump all other concerns....more

Croatia's Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic arrives at the EU council headquarters for a European Union leaders summit discussing the bloc's long-term budget in Brussels November 22, 2012. EU heads of state and governements will need to agree a first-ever cut in the bloc's long-term spending plans if they are to clinch a deal at a summit starting on Thursday, with the drive for austerity likely to trump all other concerns. REUTERS/Sebastien Pirlet
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French President Francois Hollande (L) and Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti leave after a bilateral meeting at the EU council headquarters, ahead of a European Union leaders summit discussing the European Union's long-term budget, in Brussels November 22, 2012. European Union negotiators believe they are close to securing British and German backing for a deal on nearly a trillion euros of spending over the next seven years, but...more

French President Francois Hollande (L) and Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti leave after a bilateral meeting at the EU council headquarters, ahead of a European Union leaders summit discussing the European Union's long-term budget, in Brussels November 22, 2012. European Union negotiators believe they are close to securing British and German backing for a deal on nearly a trillion euros of spending over the next seven years, but last minute concessions may be needed to secure French and Polish support. REUTERS/Bertrand Langlois/Pool
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