BRUSSELS Nov 22 German Chancellor Angela Merkel
said on Thursday it may not be possible to reach an agreement on
the European Union's seven-year budget this week and a further
round of negotiations may be required at a later date.
Merkel, whose country is the biggest net contributor to EU
coffers, said it was important to restrain and make better use
of European spending and played down the likelihood of a deal at
a two-day summit starting on Thursday.
"It is important that we arrive at a solution. Whether that
can happen now in these two days, Thursday and Friday, I don't
know. Germany wants to reach the goal but it may be that we need
a further stage," she told reporters on arrival in Brussels.