Silvio Berlusconi and David Cameron
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EU finance dispute in the spotlight as leaders meet

European leaders have begun talks in Brussels amid pressure to rein in the EU budget and set up a mechanism to avert future debt crises.

Prime Minister David Cameron has won the backing of 10 other European countries for his call to limit the increase in the EU's budget next year.

In a joint statement the 10, including France and Germany, said the planned 6% rise was "unacceptable" when national governments were cutting spending.

But European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek said opinions were split.

Gavin Hewitt reports from Brussels.

  • 28 Oct 2010
  • From the section Europe
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