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DIPLOMACY EU Budget Talks Break Down Georges Gobet / AFP / Getty Images

EU Budget Talks Break Down

The European Union failed to agree on a budget on Friday after British Prime Minister David Cameron accused the organization of "living in a parallel universe." Cameron, along with his German counterpart, wanted the organization to make further spending cuts. "We're not going to be tough on budgets at home just to come here and sign up to an increase," Cameron said after the talks were scuttled. The U.K. has imposed austerity measures, slashing its administrative budget by a third and its civil service by 10 percent. The prime minister said the European Commission's failure to find cost savings was an insult to taxpayers.

November 23, 2012 12:50 PM