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European Parliament's budget veto option lacks bite

EU officials on Tuesday (6 December) threatened the UK presidency that the European Parliament could use its budget veto option, but the threat seems to lack substance.

Conservative MEP leader Hans-Gert Pottering indicated the European Parliament's "agreement is required before the financial perspectives can come into force".

The cool words refer to the fact that the commission and the parliament must sign off on any "gentleman's agreement" between member states on 2007-2013 spen...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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