February 21, 2020 / 9:20 AM / in a month

Highlights: EU leaders return to budget stalemate after all-night talks

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders appeared no closer to reaching a deal on the bloc’s next joint budget on Friday, with deep divisions between richer and poorer nations over its size - and what to spend it on - unresolved after all-night talks.

The following are comments from leaders on the second day:

ROMANIAN PRESIDENT KLAUS IOHANNIS

“Most of us are not very optimistic ... so it is very likely that we will have a new summit dedicated to the MFF. We have not even discussed this (a date for the next summit).”

DANISH PRIME MINISTER METTE FREDERIKSEN

“I am willing to stay and I’m prepared to stay the whole weekend but no, I don’t think we are going to reach an agreement.”

Reporting by Marine Strauss and Kate Abnett

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