The EU budget for 2007-2013 is hitting the skids on a number of fronts. Initial resistance to the Commission's proposals, from net contributors Germany and Holland, has been given extra durability by Chancellor Schroeder's decision to bring forward Germany's national elections to this autumn. This effectively stymies any further discussion involving Germany.
Now Italy's Foreign Minister, Gianfranco Fini, expresses his "concern" about the latest proposals, which, he says, "look even worse than the previous document." Fini also claims that "no attempts will be made to reach an agreement" at the next meeting of the EU Council on June 16-17 and that, as a result, "Italy's veto won't be needed" to block the budget.
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