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Nov 26, 2012

UK’s Cameron: EU budget deal still within grasp

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain believes European Union leaders can still reach a deal to secure a long-term budget after talks collapsed last week, but spending must be cut by billions of euros if London is to back the plans, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday.

In comments that will appeal to rebellious anti-EU lawmakers threatening his authority and voters who see Brussels as a wasteful “gravy train”, he demanded cuts to European officials’ wages, pensions and perks.

Nov 26, 2012

EU budget deal still within grasp – Cameron

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain believes European Union leaders can still reach a deal to secure a long-term budget after talks collapsed last week, but spending must be cut by billions of euros if London is to back the plans, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday.

In comments that will appeal to rebellious anti-EU lawmakers threatening his authority and voters who see Brussels as a wasteful “gravy train”, he demanded cuts to European officials’ wages, pensions and perks.

Nov 23, 2012

Allies help UK’s Cameron prevail in EU showdown

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron gained allies in his fight against EU spending rises on Friday to avoid having to wield a solitary veto that would have further isolated Britain and fuelled questions about its future in the 27-nation bloc.

The collapse of talks in Brussels to agree a 1-trillion-euro ($1.30 trillion) budget also meant Cameron for now will avoid having to present a deal to a fractious parliament that defeated him last month in a vote calling for European Union spending cuts.

Nov 23, 2012

Cameron decries excessive EU “pay and perks”

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Britain is calling for billions of euros in cuts to European Union officials’ pay and pensions, a move that has support in Britain and other northern European countries but risks blocking attempts to reach a long-term EU budget deal.

Prime Minister David Cameron, who wants a real-terms freeze in EU spending between 2014 and 2020, is pushing for the EU to cut its wage bill by 10 percent, push officials’ retirement age up to 68 from 63 and reduce generous pensions benefits.

Nov 23, 2012

Britain’s Cameron decries excessive EU “pay and perks”

BRUSSELS, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Britain is calling for billions
of euros in cuts to European Union officials’ pay and pensions,
a move that has support in Britain and other northern European
countries but risks blocking attempts to reach a long-term EU
budget deal.

Prime Minister David Cameron, who wants a real-terms freeze
in EU spending between 2014 and 2020, is pushing for the EU to
cut its wage bill by 10 percent, push officials’ retirement age
up to 68 from 63 and reduce generous pensions benefits.

Nov 22, 2012

Battle lines sharpen in fight seven-year EU budget

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union negotiators are close to securing British and German backing for a deal on a nearly trillion euros of spending over the next seven years, but concessions will be needed to win support from France, Poland and some southern European states.

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, who is chairing the summit of EU leaders, has to win over London and northern European states furious at a proposed hike in EU spending over 2014-2020 by making deep cuts to the plans.

Nov 20, 2012

Cameron braced for ‘mission impossible’ on EU budget

LONDON (Reuters) – Battling rebels baying for Britain to leave the European Union, David Cameron faces the near impossible task this week of finding an EU budget deal acceptable to mutinous party members and to exasperated fellow EU leaders.

The prime minister’s threat to veto the union’s long-term budget at a Brussels summit starting on Thursday appealed to the anti-EU wing of his Conservative Party, emboldened after defeating him in a parliamentary vote calling for European spending cuts.

Nov 19, 2012

Britain must not burn bridges with Europe: UK business group

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain would damage its fragile economy and risk isolation if it ended its often stormy relationship with the European Union, business leaders said on Monday before critical EU budget talks later this week.

Britain’s main business lobby group urged Prime Minister David Cameron to resist growing “Eurosceptic” calls to cut the island nation’s 40-year ties with a bloc that accounts for half of its trade.

Nov 12, 2012

Britain grants Qatada bail after deportation appeal upheld

LONDON (Reuters) – Radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada won a last-minute appeal on Monday against deportation from Britain to face terrorism charges in Jordan, a blow to the Conservative-led government that says he is a huge security risk.

Britain, where Qatada has been in and out of jail for seven years without charge since his arrest in 2002, had argued that a 2005 deal with Jordan and more recent diplomatic assurances would ensure that Qatada would obtain a fair trial there.

Nov 12, 2012

Radical Muslim cleric wins UK deportation case

LONDON (Reuters) – A radical Muslim cleric described as an “enormous risk” to UK security won a last-minute appeal on Monday against deportation to face terrorism charges in Jordan, in a blow to Britain which has being trying to remove him for a decade.

A senior judge at a special London court said there was a risk that evidence obtained using torture may be used against Abu Qatada and he may not receive a fair trial in Jordan.