EU leaders reconvene after stormy talks over €750bn recovery package


Meeting follows acrimonious first day of negotiations with Dutch prime minister demanding national veto on spending

EU leaders reconvened a summit in Brussels after a stormy first day of talks on the terms of a €750bn (£682bn) economic recovery package ended with the Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, complaining of an increasingly “surly” response to his demand for a national veto on spending.

Prime ministers and presidents declined to comment as they arrived back at the Europa building after the previous day’s 13 hours of talks – the first in person meeting for five months – ended in acrimony.

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