• Germany's news in English
 

Merkel dampens hopes for EU budget deal

Published: 23 Nov 2012 08:34 GMT+01:00

"I think we're advancing a bit, but I doubt that we will reach a deal," Merkel said as leaders left after a first session of talks, that were suspended until Friday.

Earlier, French President Francois Hollande arrived Thursday in Brussels for tough talks on the European Union's next budget saying he sought compromise, not an ultimatum.

"I have come to seek a compromise not to set an ultimatum," said Hollande, adding that "Europe is a compromise" and that no country "can come seeking what it spent, otherwise there is no more Europe."

"Each one of us will doubtless have to show a spirit of compromise," said Merkel, adding that it was however "possible we will need a new stage" before clinching a deal.

"We all know each other well, but I repeat that perhaps we will need a second stage" of talks.

A number of countries led by Britain are seeking huge cuts in the trillion-euro EU budget for 2014-2020 to match austerity programmes at home, and Hollande's government has rejected proposals to cut spending on the Common Agricultural Policy, the largest item on the budget.

Though France is a leading recipient of farming subisides, Hollande denied he was purely defending national interests.

"Europe needs to master its budget because these are times when every euro counts," Hollande told reporters.

But the next long-term EU budget needed "to privilege growth," he said.

AFP/bk

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

14:08 November 23, 2012 by raandy
"Each one of us will doubtless have to show a spirit of compromise," said Merkel, adding that it was however "possible we will need a new stage" before clinching a deal.

a message for Mr. Cameron, no doubt.
19:30 November 23, 2012 by Englishted
As far as I believed G.B. are seeking a freeze on spending ,not the same as " huge cuts " and given what is being rammed down our throats about austerity a reasonable goal .
20:51 November 23, 2012 by Steve Potts
Perhaps the EU as an organisation is out of step with the people it is said to represent?
Today's headlines
US 2-0 win smashes German World Cup hope
Head coach Silvia Neid (r) with Celia Sasic (l) on the bench. Photo: DPA

US 2-0 win smashes German World Cup hope

Carli Lloyd and Kelley O'Hara both scored in the second half Tuesday to put the United States into the Women's World Cup final with a 2-0 victory over top-ranked Germany. READ  

Greece crisis
No Greece talks before referendum: Merkel
Pro-EU Greeks demonstrate outside the Athens parliament on Tuesday. Photo: DPA

No Greece talks before referendum: Merkel

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday that Germany won't enter into new aid negotiations with Athens before Greece's weekend referendum, after a last-minute request for an aid programme from Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. READ  

Germanwings tragedy
Germany learns lessons on pilots’ mental health
Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt (left) and aviation safety task force leader Matthias von Randow. Photo: DPA:

Germany learns lessons on pilots’ mental health

In response to the Germanwings flight tragedy, Minister of Transport Alexander Dobrindt presented plans to strengthen mental health care for pilots while Germanwings announced further compensation for relatives of the flight's victims. READ  

Germany: land of cheap beer and drunkards?
Getting müllered? Football star Thomas Müller enjoys a Mass. Photo: DPA

Germany: land of cheap beer and drunkards?

It's official. If getting drunk on a park bench is your thing, look no further than Germany as an ideal location. A study released on Monday shows it's cheap. And you'll have plenty of company. READ  

Greece crisis
Schäuble: Greece will stay in Euro regardless
People demonstrate in favour of a 'no' vote in Greece's Sunday referendum on Monday night. Photo: DPA

Schäuble: Greece will stay in Euro regardless

UPDATE: Speaking to MPs from his Christian Democratic Union (CDU) on Tuesday, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said that Greece will stay in the eurozone even if the Greek public vote 'no' on July 5th. READ  

Fare-dodging fine jumps from €40 to €60
Photo: DPA.

Fare-dodging fine jumps from €40 to €60

Nationwide fines for people who ride public transit without a proper ticket will increase from €40 to €60 starting on Wednesday in some cities, the first time the penalty has been increased in 12 years. READ  

Far-right attacks on asylum homes soar
A sign reading "stop Nazis" hangs from a lamppost. Photo: DPA

Far-right attacks on asylum homes soar

The number of attacks on asylum seekers' accommodation by violent far-right groups in Germany is on course to double in 2015 after tripling between 2013 and 2014, the Interior Ministry said on Tuesday. READ  

How Germany will deal with the leap second
A scientist works with an atomic clock at the Federal Physics-Technology Institute (PTB) in Braunschweig. Photo: DPA

How Germany will deal with the leap second

Germany's top time scientists are ready to spring into action in the dead of night on Tuesday, inserting an extra second into the clock while everyone else is asleep. READ  

German unemployment hits historic low
Photo: DPA

German unemployment hits historic low

German unemployment remained at historically low levels in June as the recovery in Europe's biggest economy remained on track, data showed on Tuesday. READ  

Greece crisis
Germany's Greeks look anxiously homeward
Antonius Chantzaras in his kiosk. Photo: DPA

Germany's Greeks look anxiously homeward

As crisis engulfs their homeland, members of the Greek community in Germany look anxiously homeward and reflect on how the crisis is already traveling back to Germany. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Society
An eye for an eye? Mum protects child in playground with pepperspray
Politics
Follow our LIVE blog as Europe holds breath over Greece crisis
National
As it happened: Queen Elizabeth's final day in Germany
National
As it happened: Queen Elizabeth's second day in Germany
National
Queen Elizabeth II's first day in Germany - as it happened
National
Bus passengers tell fake racists where to get off
Politics
What's really in the Queen's handbag?
National
Germans say USA doesn't respect freedom
National
Yes, you CAN buy adult e-books before 10pm in Germany
VIDEO: Watch a 93-metre turbine crash to earth in slow motion
Gallery
Who's got a shot at the German Film Awards
Rhineland
Anger over 'child-free' beer garden
National
How do you do, Majestät?
National
Man defends right to pee in public with tear gas
Features
The Germans who won Waterloo for the British
Frankfurt
Should Germany ban circus animals?
Hamburg
Where people are having the most sex in Germany
Culture
Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Not this student...
National
Dresden's three-decade-long red light
Politics
Upper house calls for gay marriage now
Berlin
Berlin named 3rd-best city worldwide
Sport
In search of the toughest firefighter
Business & Money
German firms shine for European engineering students
Gallery
Hitler's paintings up for auction
National
German's 70-year search for murdered US pilot
Politics
What the G7 leaders agreed at Elmau
Business & Money
What really makes Germans happy
National
Playmobil builder leaves worldwide legacy
National
The car share that became a drug run
Politics
What Snowden revealed to Germany
Rhineland
Why wolf cubs are being raised by hand
National
Hitler's booze cave found
National
Environment makes Germany worth living in
Culture
What's top of the charts in June
Gallery
Germany's most beautiful cycle routes
Business & Money
The business case for Britain in the EU
Rhineland
Why farmers are free to pong up the countryside
National
German restaurants among world's best
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

6,736
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd