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Merkel 'very optimistic' about EU budget deal

01.02.13 @ 09:03

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BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday said she was "very optimistic" a deal could be reached next week on the EU's one-trillion-euro budget for 2014-2020, even though she expected "tough talks." EU leaders are meeting on 7-8 February in Brussels after they failed to agree on the budget in November.