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EU budget revolt grows as Dutch join Britain in veto threat

The revolt against soaring European Union budgets is growing after the Dutch vowed to join Britain in vetoing and blocking "incomprehensible" increases in Brussels spending.

By Bruno Waterfield, Brussels

1:51PM BST 24 Oct 2012

Jan Kees de Jager, the Dutch finance minister, told his country's parliament that the Netherlands "would dig in its heels" to stop an above-inflation EU budget for 2013 and a demand for an 11 per cent rise in European spending between 2014 to 2020.

"This is unacceptable to us, and we will fight tooth and nail against it," he said last night. "It is incomprehensible." Mr De Jager attacked the European Commission and MEPs for demanding an "unbelievable" seven per cent rise in spending next year despite a request from governments that EU expenditure is reduced to reflect painful austerity

Added: Oct-25-2012 Occurred On: Oct-25-2012
By: gemini
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