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EU summit to debate austerity budget, tough cuts


March 16. 2013 10:07PM
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(AP) Many European Union leaders will push for a tough austerity budget at their summit this week but the EU parliament insists it is ready to reject a deal which curtails common spending on growth and employment.


On the eve of Thursday's summit, EU President Herman Van Rompuy said that for the first time ever - there will be a real terms cut compared to the current budget.


Britain is leading several wealthy northern member states in calling for greater austerity in the 2014-2020 EU budget, which will amount to about 1 trillion ($1.35 trillion). On the other hand, poorer eastern and southern countries in the 27-nation bloc want to ensure continued EU financial support.


Parliamentary leaders warned they would reject any plan that undermines the role of the EU.


Associated Press


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