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The other EU negotiation

Brexit totally dominates the UK political landscape—but in Europe the 27 are preoccupied with talks on something else entirely

By Jill Rutter  

President of France Emmanuel Macron, Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and Prime Minister of Italy Paolo Gentiloni arrive at arrive at an informal meeting of European Union leaders, Friday 23 February 2018, at the European Union headquarters in Brussels. Photo: THIERRY ROGE/Belga/PA Images

While all attention in the UK is focused on whether the government and opposition can come up with a clear view of what future trade relationship the UK wants with the European Union, the other 27 member states are focussing on something much closer to their collective heart: their budget after 2021.

This will be the first EU Budget since 1973 without a significant net…

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