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EU budget new bone of contention

The EU states are at odds over the budget for 2014-2020. The Commission and Parliament want to increase the budget while net contributors are calling for drastic cuts. The press sees the EU facing another test of endurance.

Cyprus Mail - Cyprus | Thursday, 20. February 2014

Using EU money to combat youth unemployment

The Cypriot government announced on Tuesday that it would use EU funds to start a scheme aimed at creating 7,500 jobs. In view of the unemployment rate of 17 percent, the money should be spent in a more targeted way, the daily Cyprus Mail believes: » more

Main focus of Friday, 15. March 2013

EU Parliament blocks budget

The EU Parliament on Wednesday rejected the compromise on the EU budget for 2014-2020 by a large majority. Making use of its veto right, it ... » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Friday, 15. March 2013

EU Parliament already too powerful

The blockade of the EU's first genuine austerity budget by the European Parliament should give pause for thought, writes the conservative daily Lidové noviny: » more

Imerisia - Greece | Thursday, 14. March 2013

Veto gives Europe's citizens hope

The EU parliamentarians' attitude is a sign of hope for the people of Europe, the business paper Imerisia believes: » more

La Repubblica - Italy | Thursday, 14. March 2013

Provisional budget hurts the weak

The European Parliament's "no" is justified but ultimately those who most need EU funding could be worst hit by it, the left-liberal daily La Repubblica fears: » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Monday, 18. February 2013

Poles make more out of EU funding than Czechs

Poland has emerged  from the EU budget negotiations in a far better position than the Czech Republic. Warsaw will receive more than in the previous budget period while Prague will receive less. The conservative daily Lidové noviny is not surprised: » more

Main focus of Monday, 11. February 2013

EU budget summit ends in compromise

After lengthy negotiations, the EU heads of state and government agreed on the financial framework for 2014-2020 on Friday. The EU Parliament has said it ... » more

Wiener Zeitung - Austria | Monday, 11. February 2013

Muddling through instead of competitiveness

The budget compromise is retrograde and sends the wrong message entirely for Europe's competitiveness, the state-run liberal daily Wiener Zeitung believes: » more

De Tijd - Belgium | Monday, 11. February 2013

EU Parliament must reject budget

The EU Parliament must not approve the new budget because it will lead to less Europe, the business paper De Tijd warns: » more

Hotnews - Romania | Monday, 11. February 2013

Europe nothing but fight over money nowadays

The EU heads of state and government negotiated for approximately 26 hours to agree on a reduced budget. For the news website Hotnews, the fierce bickering does not show the EU in a positive light: » more

Politiken - Denmark | Saturday, 9. February 2013

At least the EU still functions

Given the profound crisis in Europe, the left-liberal newspaper Politiken sees the results of the summit as not too bad after all, pointing out that they are proof that the EU continues to function: » more

The Times - United Kingdom | Sunday, 10. February 2013

British still pay too much

British Prime Minister David Cameron was able to push through his demand for cuts in the EU budget at the EU summit. But the conservative daily The Times is still not happy with the result, feeling it will continue to cost Britain taxpayers too much: » more

Welt am Sonntag - Germany | Sunday, 10. February 2013

Germany puts its faith in London-Berlin axis

At 960 billion euros, the financial framework negotited on Friday is considerably lower than the sum proposed by Council President Herman Van Rompuy in November. This means the prerequisite for the British staying in the EU has been fulfilled, the conservative daily Welt am Sonntag notes with approval, adding that the move was possible because Germany gave up its blind loyalty to France: » more

Elsevier - Netherlands | Friday, 8. February 2013

MEPs must tighten their belts too

The members of the European Parliament must not take it upon themselves to reject any agreement reached during the budget negotiations in Brussels, Europe correspondent Carla Joosten writes in her blog with the conservative weekly Elsevier: » more

Hospodárske noviny - Slovakia | Friday, 8. February 2013

Frustrating EU budget negotiations

The budget negotiations of the EU heads of state and government that commenced yesterday in Brussels were stalled this Friday morning. But even if the leaders reach a compromise it could be blocked by the EU Parliament, the liberal business paper Hospodářské noviny fears: » more

Main focus of Thursday, 7. February 2013

Next round in row over EU budget

The EU heads of state and government will resume the negotiations on the joint budget 2014-2020 this Thursday. They need to reach a consensus at ... » more

Novinar - Bulgaria | Wednesday, 6. February 2013

The idea of Europe no longer a uniting force

The EU heads of state and government were unable to reach an agreement on the next budget at the summit meeting in November. The daily Novinar sees no reason why it should work out now: » more

Le Monde - France | Wednesday, 6. February 2013

Failed budget would be an opportunity

The EU must stop its incessant budget disputes and finally put together a sustainable budget, the liberal daily Le Monde demands: » more

Handelsblatt - Germany | Thursday, 7. February 2013

High agricultural subsidies unjustified

Once again it will it be extraordinarily difficult to reach a compromise on the next EU budget, the liberal business paper Handelsblatt writes with an eye to the summit of EU heads of state and government: » more

Main focus of Wednesday, 6. February 2013

Hollande against EU budget cuts

French President François Hollande warned against cuts to the EU budget in a speech before the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday and called for ... » more

Blog Gavin Hewitt's Europe - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 5. February 2013

President headed for confrontation

Hollande made it clear in his speech that the main line of conflict in the upcoming budget negotiations will be between France and the UK, Europe editor Gavin Hewitt comments in his blog on the BBC website: » more

Deutschlandfunk - Germany | Tuesday, 5. February 2013

Hollande puts a spoke in Europe's wheel

France's President François Hollande has warned against cuts in the EU budget and called on Europe's leaders to steer the euro's exchange rate. In so doing he breaks with Germany's strategy of not seeking to influence currency rates, the website of the German public radio station Deutschlandfunk notes, calling the speech backward-looking: » more

Main focus of Thursday, 10. January 2013

Ireland's presidency a chance for EU

EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy visited Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny in Dublin on Wednesday. At the beginning of Ireland's EU Council presidency both ... » more

Ziare - Romania | Thursday, 10. January 2013

Romania fears EU budget negotiations

In taking over the rotating EU presidency, Ireland must also deal with the struggle over the new EU budget, news website Ziare comments, fearing this will have negative repercussions for Romania: » more

Metro - Sweden | Wednesday, 5. December 2012

Wasteful EU doesn't deserve prize

The European Union will receive the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo on Monday. To mark the occasion the free newspaper Metro looks back on the failed budget negotiations and criticises Brussels for spending recklessly: » more

Pravda - Slovakia | Monday, 3. December 2012

Slovakian farmers lose out in EU

The unequal distribution of subsidies for farmers will persist in the new EU budget despite all the promises to the contrary, the left-leaning daily Pravda complains: » more

Main focus of Monday, 26. November 2012

EU budget summit a failure

The negotiations on the EU budget for 2014 to 2020 ended without an agreement on Friday, among other things because of British Prime Minister David ... » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Monday, 26. November 2012

Yet another failure for the EU

The row over the EU budget is yet another letdown in a series of setbacks that are leaving the EU looking increasingly helpless, Italian diplomat Antonio Puri Purini writes in the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera: » more

Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung - Germany | Sunday, 25. November 2012

Cameron says what everyone is thinking

Whether the subject at hand was asylum laws, Schengen or the fiscal compact, the British have always managed to wring concessions from the other EU states - and it's a good thing too, the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung writes: » more

Dnevnik - Slovenia | Monday, 26. November 2012

Agreement comes with time pressure

There's no reason to panic after the unsuccessful budget summit, the left-liberal daily Dnevnik writes, confident that time pressure will force the EU countries to reach an agreement on the new budget in January: » more

Elsevier - Netherlands | Sunday, 25. November 2012

France blocking budget, not Britain

Not the UK but France is to blame for the failure of the EU budget negotiations, writes the right-wing conservative news magazine Elsevier: » more

Main focus of Friday, 23. November 2012

No sign of agreement on EU budget

The negotiations in Brussels on the EU budget for 2014 to 2020 were adjourned on Thursday night. Some heads of state and government evoked the ... » more

Jornal de Negócios - Portugal | Friday, 23. November 2012

Structural funds also to blame for crisis

Several countries like France, Italy and Portugal are taking a stand against a reduction of the structural funds at the budget summit. The liberal business daily Jornal de Negócios points out that this easily accessible form of regional funding has also contributed to Portugal's current indebtedness: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Friday, 23. November 2012

EU betrays its ideals out of fear

The summit will fail because the fear of the crisis spreading has caused the states to forget the idea behind the EU budget, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera complains: » more

Blog Coulisses de Bruxelles - Belgium | Friday, 23. November 2012

British more Eurosceptic than ever

At the EU budget negotiations, Britain has continued to push both for drastic budget cuts and the maintenance of the so-called UK rebate. Jean Quatremer writes on his blog Coulisses de Bruxelles that there is a distinct possibility that UK will leave the EU: » more

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | Friday, 23. November 2012

British not only ones to blame for failure

The negotiations on the pluriannual financial framework are proving difficult not just because of the British veto threat but also the blockade stance of other coutries, Paweł Świdlicki of investment institute Open Finance stresses in the liberal dail Gazeta Wyborcza: » more

Delo - Slovenia | Friday, 23. November 2012

Europe's solidarity has fallen by the wayside

In the row over the budget, the solidarity Europe once valued so highly has fallen by the wayside, the left-liberal daily Delo criticises: » more

Main focus of Thursday, 22. November 2012

Budget puts EU to the test

The fronts have hardened in the run-up to the EU budget summit that kicks off today, Thursday. While net contributors want to cut the budget ... » more

Diário Económico - Portugal | Thursday, 22. November 2012

Portugal needs every million it can get

Portugal's government has described a potential reduction of the EU budget as unacceptable. Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho must stand firm in Brussels, the liberal business paper Diário Económico urges: » more

Magyar Nemzet - Hungary | Thursday, 22. November 2012

Poor countries will be hardest hit

The initiatives of several member states aimed at a reduction in the EU budget for 2014 to 2020 give rise to concern that the budget will be cut to the detriment of the net recipients in the EU, and Hungary in particular, in the eyes of the conservative daily Magyar Nemzet: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Thursday, 22. November 2012

EU's future at stake

Far more is at stake at the Brussels summit than the size of the future EU budget, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera argues. It sees a process of gradual disintegration that must be stopped: » more

Le Monde - France | Wednesday, 21. November 2012

Europe needs the British

In view of Britain's constant threats to leave the EU to better serve its own interests, the left-liberal daily Le Monde asks if the EU should even try to keep the UK in the Union: » more

Turun Sanomat - Finland | Thursday, 22. November 2012

Calls for cuts are just a show

The net contributors should refrain from short-sighted action at the budget negotiations and keep their eyes firmly on the overall benefits provided by the EU, the liberal daily Turun Sanomat argues: » more

The Scotsman - United Kingdom | Thursday, 22. November 2012

Cameron must stick to his promise

British Prime Minister David Cameron has every reason to make good on the promise he made to the British parliament and do all he can to defend the interests of his country, the left-liberal daily The Scotsman writes: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Wednesday, 21. November 2012

EU structural funds useless in the crisis

The budgets for structural funding aimed at reducing economic disparities among EU countries are unlikely to be touched in the current negotiations on the EU budget. This is a mistake, the left-liberal daily Der Standard contends, noting that the rigidity of the Cohesion Fund renders it essentially useless: » more

Adevârul - Romania | Tuesday, 20. November 2012

EU budget will decide Romania's fate

Romania's Prime Minister Victor Ponta has urged President Traian Băsescu to make use of his veto right at the EU budget summit on Thursday and Friday if structural funding for Romania is reduced. The topic must not be brought down to the level of electioneering, the liberal-conservative daily Adevărul demands: » more

Blog EUROPP - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 20. November 2012

British must negotiate constructively with EU

The EU budget summit will take place in Brussels on Thursday and Friday. The British government must steer a constructive course in the negotiations to restore Europe's trust in Britain, political scientist Glenn Gottfired urges on the blog EUROPP of the London School of Economics: » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Monday, 19. November 2012

Germany deserves more respect in Europe

Norbert Lammert, the president of the German parliament, avoided directly criticising the Czech Republic on his visit to Prague last week. In his words, Berlin has problems with almost every country in the EU. Bearing in mind all they do for Europe the Germans deserve more respect, the conservative daily Lidové noviny writes: » more

Polityka Online - Poland | Thursday, 15. November 2012

Berlin will deny Poland additional EU funds

At the EU special summit on November 22 and 23, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk wants to push for a rise in the funding earmarked for Poland in the seven-year EU budget. Instead of 67 billion euros Tusk wants 95 billion euros for Poland. Germany will hardly go along with that, the left-liberal news website Polityka Online predicts: » more

Gândul - Romania | Thursday, 15. November 2012

New EU budget may penalise Romania

Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta wants to reach an agreement today with President Traian Băsescu over who will travel to Brussels next week for the EU budget summit. Ponta has stressed that he is not seeking another confrontation with Băsescu. The daily Gândul approves: » more

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Sunday, 11. November 2012

Earthquake victims hit by EU's heartlessness

The negotiations between the EU governments and the EU parliament on the EU budget for 2013 and the supplementary budget for 2012 failed to produce a result on Friday, meaning among other things that 670 million euros from the EU's solidarity fund earmarked for Italy's earthquake victims won't be paid out for the time being. This is a disgrace, the liberal-conservative business paper Il Sole 24 Ore complains: » more

Pravda - Slovakia | Friday, 9. November 2012

Cameron increasingly isolating British in the EU

During a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel to London, British Prime Minister David Cameron has reaffirmed his country's hard line against raising the EU budget. The left-leaning daily Pravda can understand other Europeans' growing displeasure with the British: » more

Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | Monday, 5. November 2012

More willingness to compromise, please!

Sweden's Minister for European Affairs Birgitta Ohlsson has harshly criticised the compromise proposal for the EU budget put forward by the Cypriot Council presidency. The proposal, which foresees cuts of 50 billion euros compared with the budget presented by the Commission, is unrealistic and unacceptable, Ohlsson told the media. The liberal daily Dagens Nyheter calls for a spirit of compromise: » more

El País - Spain | Monday, 5. November 2012

National egoism harms EU

Growing national egoism is putting a strain on the EU budget negotiations even before they really begin, the left-liberal daily El País observes: » more

Die Welt - Germany | Friday, 2. November 2012

Hard line weakens Britain

The British are not doing themselves any favours with their endless vetoes and demands for special treatment, the conservative daily Die Welt writes: » more

The Daily Telegraph - United Kingdom | Thursday, 1. November 2012

The vulnerability of the EU budget

Even if Cameron sticks to his plan and only pushes for the EU budget to be frozen at the 2011 level rather than for it to be slashed, this will still present major challenges at the EU budget summit on November 22 and 23, writes the director of the think tank Open Europe, Mats Persson, in the conservative Daily Telegraph's blog: » more

Večer - Slovenia | Wednesday, 24. October 2012

EU must stop wasting money

The EU Parliament on Tuesday spoke out against the demands by several governments for cuts in its budget. The conflict over the EU budget could be avoided altogether if the EU stopped tossing money out the window, the conservative daily Večer comments: » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Tuesday, 23. October 2012

Brexit would be a catastrophe

The conflict between Germany and the UK over the EU budget is coming to a head. According to a report by the Financial Times Deutschland, Chancellor Angela Merkel is considering having the budget summit planned for November called off if Prime Minister David Cameron holds to his veto against a raise. The conservative daily Lidové noviny fears the British may react out of spite: » more

Trouw - Netherlands | Wednesday, 17. October 2012

Northern Europe won't play along

Schäuble's initiative is a counterconcept to EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy's plan for stronger economic integration of the EU, which the German finance minister considers too vague. But for the Christian-social daily Trouw Van Rompuy's calls for centralised bank supervision, debt mutualisation and the Eurozone to have its own budget go too far: » more

Rzeczpospolita - Poland | Tuesday, 9. October 2012

Eurozone budget works against integration

According to the Financial Times Deutschland, EU diplomats are discussing an additional budget of 20 billion euros for Eurozone member countries to help solve their financial problems. That would have serious consequences for Eastern Europe's EU integration, Tomasz Wróblewski fears in the conservative daily Rzeczpospolita: » more


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