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Cameron angers EU in budget battle

DEAL WITH IT:British officials said there was support for Cameron’s stance on cuts during Thursday’s meetings, but the EU president’s proposals overlooked British suggestions

AFP, BRUSSELS

Cameron immediately laid out his plans when he was the first of the 27 EU leaders to meet EU President Herman Van Rompuy on Thursday morning ahead of the summit.

He suggested cuts worth 6 billion euros including slashing the pay and benefits of EU officials, such as increasing the retirement age to 68 for some staff, cutting 10 percent from the pay bill and cutting pensions.

However, Van Rompuy’s proposals for the summit largely overlooked the British cuts.

“It looks like there’s a long way to go until we get the right deal,” a dispirited British diplomat said in yesterday. “The figures are now pretty similar to what we had this morning before all those bilaterals took place.”

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