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Cameron must stand up for Horizon 2020’s budget

The UK is a clear winner from EU research spending, and will suffer if cuts fall on science and innovation, says Alex Bols.

Prime Minister David Cameron is preparing for next week’s crunch summit on the EU budget for 2014-20 against a backdrop of backbench unrest at home. His MPs, not to mention the wider electorate, have given notice that they expect him to secure a clear win for the UK.

Many seek a real-terms reduction in the overall EU budget, but this may not be achievable. Where he could show strength, though, and boost the UK in the process, is in negotiating a positive settlement on research funding.

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