"It is important to finally have a figure that is supposed to be distributed", a frustrated Andrej Babis, the Czech prime minister, told reporters on leaving European Union headquarters in Brussels the middle of the night.
"My prime minister has been very clear from the start - we will not pick up the tab", said a "frugal" diplomatic source. Ms Merkel told reporters that leaders from the 27 member states faced a complex task and that they would have to overcome big differences.
That would be worth 1.074 per cent of the region's gross national income, but this is higher than the 1 per cent that frugal states have insisted they are willing to pay.
Against the "frugals" are France, which wants farm payments protected and more money for European defence projects, and the so-called friends of cohesion - a group of eastern and southern countries wanting to ringfence the money they get from the budget.
A frustrated Czech Prime Minister Anrej Babis questioned the value of a second day at the summit, saying if the rich countries were not prepared to move, "then we have nothing to discuss".
Some EU countries want extra funding to match new ambitions to fight climate change and manage migration, some want a continued focus on development and farm aid, and some are pushing to cut the overall budget after Britain - a key net contributor - left the bloc last month. They also want to keep their rebates, as does Germany. The European Parliament suggested 1.3%, while the EU Commission suggested 1.1%. "We are fine with being net payers, but we can not accept a dramatic increase in our fees - that is out of the question", Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven told reporters.
The budget is also made up of customs revenue and income from fines levied by the commission, and the EU's executive arm has raked in plenty of those from antitrust cases involving tech firms and others in recent years.
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