PM and German leader speak ahead of meeting on EU budget

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The Prime Minister David Cameron has held crunch talks on the EU budget with the German leader Angela Merkel.

The leaders gave a joint press conference before their meeting.

The PM - who is facing calls from Tory rebels and Labour to demand a cut - said the budget should be frozen "at worst".

Mrs Merkel acknowledged that Britain and Germany were both net contributors to the EU but said they had to reach a deal that would "stand up in the court of public opinion back home".

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