posted on Jun, 17 2005 @ 06:53 PM
The EU summit talks regarding the long-term budget for the EU have collapsed after no agreement was made regarding the UKs rebate and Frances refusal
to negotiate farm subsidies.
A plan forwarded by Luxembourg was rejected by the UK as it would have meant the UK giving up 18 billion euros with no solid assurance that the French
would agree to a reform of farm aid.
So just how serious is the split between Britain and France? Will it blow over and be business as normal when the UK takes over Presidency of the
union in six months time or will this rumble on and cause real damage to the union itself long term?
Also after watching the news breaking on Sky it seems the French and Germans are putting the blame squarely on Britains shoulders. Are the Germans and
French trying to deflect attention from Frances failiure to gain a yes vote in the recent referendum away from old Jacque?
[edit on 17-6-2005 by Janus]