Britain’s exit from the EU will leave a multi-billion-euro hole in the Union’s finances. The country has agreed to keep paying its share until 2020. But the other members are divided over how to deal with the budgetary shortfall after that.
The European Commission must submit a new proposal for the 2019 budget after negotiators failed to reach an agreement. With Europe facing many challenges — above all Brexit — pressure to find a compromise is rising.
British Prime Minister Theresa May is fighting for her political life and approval of a draft Brexit deal. European Union leaders show very little appetite for reopening talks on the deal if she fails on either front.
Europe today fears Germany's economic strength rather than its military might, historian Andeas Rödder tells DW. At the same time, Germany is meant to lead the EU: a dilemma for all sides.
The British PM has said she would not let removal talks distract her from a critical week of negotiations. Some MPs from her own party seek to oust her after seeing the details of the contentious draft Brexit deal.
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