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BELGIUM: EU leaders say 50/50 chance to get a budget deal as presidency holds a series of bilaterals before talks BELGIUM: EU leaders say 50/50 chance to get a budget deal as presidency holds a series of bilaterals before talks.

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European Union (EU) leaders began a day of tough bargaining on Friday (December 16) to overcome differences on the bloc's long-term budget.

Many saw a deal as an impossible task, others were more optimistic but in general, most looked at the...

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Timecode:17:23:04:17 - 17:27:31:09
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BN10) BRUSSELS, BELGIUM (DECEMBER 16, 2005) (REUTERS)
VARIOUS OF (SOUNDBITE) (English) EUROPEAN COMMISSION PRESIDENT JOSE MANUEL BARROSO, STEPPING OUT OF CAR AND SAYING:
"Today is the day and I hope...

BN10) BRUSSELS, BELGIUM (DECEMBER 16, 2005) (REUTERS)
VARIOUS OF (SOUNDBITE) (English) EUROPEAN COMMISSION PRESIDENT JOSE MANUEL BARROSO, STEPPING OUT OF CAR AND SAYING:
"Today is the day and I hope there will be ambition and responsibility. I call on all leaders to show ambition and responsibility. It is now clear that the costs of a non agreement would be too high.

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CLOSE OF (SOUNDBITE) (English) BARROSO SAYING:
"But one thing I'd like to say to my British friends is the following: 'you have invested a lot in this enlargement, you want an enlarged Europe and an ...

CLOSE OF (SOUNDBITE) (English) BARROSO SAYING:
"But one thing I'd like to say to my British friends is the following: 'you have invested a lot in this enlargement, you want an enlarged Europe and an enlarged Europe needs additional resources,' so this is about making an enlarged Europe work, allowing it to work."

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FRENCH PRESIDENT JACQUES CHIRAC ARRIVING AND ENTERING BUILDING WITHOUT SAYING ANYTHING...

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CLOSE OF (SOUNDBITE) (English) SWEDISH PRIME MINISTER GORAN PERSSON SAYING:
"Neither the British nor others can come back home with a bad deal we must remember that. Now there is pressure to come to ...

CLOSE OF (SOUNDBITE) (English) SWEDISH PRIME MINISTER GORAN PERSSON SAYING:
"Neither the British nor others can come back home with a bad deal we must remember that. Now there is pressure to come to a deal, and I am in favour of that, of course, but we must still remember there are conflicts that has to be solved, we need a more modern budget in Europe and in return we need a reduction of the British rebate, it's about that."

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SIDE VIEW (SOUNDBITE) (English) SWEDISH PRIME MINISTER GORAN PERSSON SAYING:
"Everyone has very firm positions but I don't think its likely that the new member states in the end should say no to a go...

SIDE VIEW (SOUNDBITE) (English) SWEDISH PRIME MINISTER GORAN PERSSON SAYING:
"Everyone has very firm positions but I don't think its likely that the new member states in the end should say no to a good deal because they would have a deal, nevertheless, how it would look like, it would be much much better than the present situation."

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VARIOUS OF BRITISH FOREIGN MINISTER JACK STRAW ARRIVING AND WALKING OVER TO MEDIA...

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CLOSE OF (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH FOREIGN MINISTER JACK STRAW SAYING:
"There is a heavy responsibility on the United Kingdom as presidency. But it's in the nature of these negotiations that we a...

CLOSE OF (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH FOREIGN MINISTER JACK STRAW SAYING:
"There is a heavy responsibility on the United Kingdom as presidency. But it's in the nature of these negotiations that we all talk about solidarity and solidarity inside the European Union is very important but for every member state they have to also take full account of their national interests and this is what makes these negotiations interesting. Twenty five are difficult."

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SPANISH PRIME MINISTER JOSE LUIS ZAPATERO ARRIVING, NOT SAYING ANYTHING TO MEDIA...

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VARIOPUS OF ANGELA MERCKEL, GERMAN CHANCELLOR, ARRIVING AND SAYING GOOD MORNING TO MEDIA...

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CLOSE OF (SOUNDBITE) (German) ANGELA MERCKEL, GERMAN CHANCELLOR, SAYING:
"We need to take account of our own interests and this means that, as a large net contributor, we have to be responsible with ...

CLOSE OF (SOUNDBITE) (German) ANGELA MERCKEL, GERMAN CHANCELLOR, SAYING:
"We need to take account of our own interests and this means that, as a large net contributor, we have to be responsible with our money and we also have to take account of our own wishes, especially when it comes to the new German regions (eastern German regions). Secondly, we are able to be a good partner in negotiating but we cannot give too much away." MERCKEL WALKING AWAY

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