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EU leaders enter bitter fight over budget

BRUSSELS — The leaders of Britain and France staked out starkly different visions of Europe’s future Thursday as talks began in Brussels on how much the European Union should be allowed to spend, setting the stage for a long, divisive, and possibly inconclusive summit.

While Britain’s prime minister, David ­Cameron, is seeking to keep payments into EU coffers as low as possible, President Francois Hollande of France called for sustained subsidies for farming and development programs for poorer nations.

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