A deal was finally agreed between EU leaders at their final summit of the year, on pressing ahead with the bloc’s €1.8tn seven-year budget and pandemic recovery fund. It came after Hungry and Poland lifted their veto over concerns at a mechanism MEPs attached to the package linking the receipt of funds to respect for European core values, such as rule of law.

The leaders also reached an agreement over reducing greenhouse emissions by at least 55% over the next 10 years, compared to 1990 levels.


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