The European Parliament has rejected the 27 EU governments' position on next year's EU budget, triggering hard bargaining to reach a deal.
In a vote in Strasbourg the MEPs backed the European Commission's call for a 6.8% budget rise for 2013.
An MEPs' report deplored a decision by the Council - the 27 governments - to cut that figure to 2.79%.
The long-term budget for 2014-2020 is also being debated, ahead of a key leaders' summit next month.
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