17 OCT 2010
By Alex Rossi, Europe correspondent | SKY News
A bitter showdown over the European Union's 2011 budget is looming with many national governments accusing the EU of being "out of touch" in a time of desperate austerity.
The European Commission is demanding an increase in its annual spending of 5.95% - despite the fact most member states are making savage cuts.
The Council of Europe - the EU's Heads of State - wants to limit spending to 2.9% but so far their pleas have fallen on deaf ears.
UKIP MEP Nigel Farage says the budget request is "monstrous".
"So much of this spending is excess. So much of it is entertaining. So much of it is supporting the personal lives of the people running the European Union and even though the Lisbon Treaty gives the EU more power there must be an argument for cost-cutting and saving somewhere."
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