EU negotiators have resumed talks over a multi-year budget that would cut spending for the firsr time. But the European Parliament is still threatening a veto, while the British premier could get the cutbacks he has hoped for.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte gave a clear yes to the EU, but a clear no to German and French reform proposals during his speech at the European Parliament. Throwing money at the problem is not a solution, he argued.
Merkel said that the country was likely a decade off from the required 2 percent. Germany has long avoided increased spending on defense, despite international pressure.
Germany dismissed an even higher target demanded by the European Parliament as unrealistic. But Europe's biggest member state did not get exactly what it wanted in the negotiations in Brussels.
The chief of Refugees International says Europe is not living up to its promises on human rights. And if closing that gap means creating awkward moments, he's ready.
© 2018 Deutsche Welle |
Legal notice |
| Mobile version