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Denmark threatens to veto EU budget
212 days ago
(AP:COPENHAGEN, Denmark) Denmark's prime minister has threatened to veto the European Union's longer-term budget unless the Scandinavian country is given a rebate of 1 billion kroner ($174 million).
Helle Thorning-Schmidt says Denmark doesn't want to pay for other "rich" countries' rebates, in a reference to Britain, Germany, Netherlands and Sweden, which have secured rebates in the EU's common budget.
Speaking before next month's summit of European leaders, Thorning-Schmidt, the Social Democratic leader, said Thursday that if Denmark is not granted a rebate it will use its power of veto to quash the budget proposal.
Denmark's previous government also insisted on a rebate but did not threaten to veto the bloc's budget, which must be approved by all 27 member countries.
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