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Debate over EU debate mixes philosophy and money

November 23, 2012 • Business


People walk in front of a giant banner for the euro currency outside of an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012. Leaders from around Europe are arriving in Brussels Thursday for what promises to be a turbulent summit on the budget for the 27-country European Union. And for once, Britain will be at the heart of the debate. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

BRUSSELS (AP) — Which side of this week’s debate on the European Union budget a country takes can depend largely on which side its bread is buttered.

Those that contribute more to the EU than they get back generally want to hold the line on the organization’s budget — or even see spending fall. Those who receive more money than they put in tend to support a robust rise, if at all possible — and regard possible Login to read more

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