The EU parliament members are fighting the EU council President Van Rompuy over the new EU budget which has cuts that David Cameron of the UK pushed. MEPs are giving Herman Van Rompuy a tough time over the new EU budget, and threatening to block the deal.
Guy Verhofstadt, the former Belgian PM who leads the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) group, criticised the gap between spending plans and payments. This means Europe's total unpaid commitments will swell to €300 billion, he claimed.
Verhofstadt insisted that the multiannual financial framework must be renegotiated, adding:
This is not an MFF that the parliament can accept. Yohannes Swoboda, who leads the Socialist & Democrats Group, also said the agreement was unacceptable, and would not be approved by MEPs.
However, Britain's Martin Callanan, who chairs the European Conservatives and Reformists grouping, was more supportive of the budget hammered out after another Brussels all-nighter.
He was most critical of the French: ECR Group Chairman Martin Callanan thanks Van Rompuy for delivering MFF deal says it was not perfect but sensible and pragmatic compromise. The EU commission president Barroso reminded MEPs, that the EU budget agreed by Angela Merkel, David Cameron and the other 25 EU leaders will only be implemented with the approval of the European Parliament. (Guardian)