European Union leaders deadlocked over the bloc's nextseven-year budget, adding to the quarrels between rich and poorcountries that have stymied the response to the euro debtcrisis.

France defended farm subsidies, Britain clung to a rebate andDenmark demanded its own cash-back guarantee, while eastern andsouthern countries said reduced financing for public-works projectswould condemn them to lag behind the wealthier north.

The conflicts at a Brussels summit offered a 27-nationre-enactment of the fury and acrimony that has marked the fiscalcrisis in the 17-nation euro region, and predictions abounded thatit would take another summit next year to clinch a deal.

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