Article by Lord Owen published in The Evening Standard 26 November 2012
The UK was not alone during the dispute about the EU budget last week. At one stage the Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, was demanding a further cut of 100 billion (Cameron was pitching for only a 50 billion reduction). Sweden was up for serious reductions; so were Denmark and Finland. Even more interestingly, Germany did not side with France. There is still even a chance that the Commission will be forced reluctantly to accept some reductions.
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