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Blair back in Brussels to press demands for EU reform

Tony Blair will today return to Brussels to press his demands for fundamental reform of the EU's finances - slashing spending on lavish farm subsidies.
After last week's bitter battle over the EU budget, he is likely to face a frosty reception when he sets out his plans for Britain's forthcoming EU presidency in a speech to the European Parliament.

The Prime Minister was blamed by some EU leaders for blocking a deal on the budget after he refused to accept demands led by French President Jacques Chirac to give up Britain's annual £3 billion rebate.