EU Leaders fail to agree on new seven-year budget

EU Leaders fail to agree on new seven-year budget
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A summit of European Union leaders has failed to come up with an agreement on the bloc's seven-year-long budget, worth about one trillion euros, media reports say, APA reports citing Sputnik.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that a difference between the EU leaders is too big to agree on the budget now. 

"The differences were simply too big...Even rough data of the new proposal was enough to show that this would not be enough to bridge the differences," Merkel said, as quoted by Reuters. 

French President Emmanuel Macron said he had deep regrets over the fact that it was not possible to reach an agreement on the budget. 

The 27 EU leaders spent two days trying to agree on the 2021-2027 shared budget. This comes after the official withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the bloc on 31 January.  

According to the EU Council President, there was no possibility to decide on the timing of the next budget summit.

Austria, Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands as well as a few other countries, believe that the next EU budget should amount to 1% of the bloc's gross national income.  

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