Multi-annual agreement between largest political blocs rules out involvement of far-right Sweden Democrats.
High-level group led by former Italian prime minister and European commissioner struggles to reconcile conflicting views.
MEPs on Tuesday (16 December) approved the European Union’s budget for 2015 and changes to the 2014 budget.
Trade unions announce further protests over the government's anti-austerity policy.
Emergency talks to resolve an institutional impasse over the EU budget put more money on the table, but a deal is not yet assured.