European leaders have called off talks in Brussels over the long-term EU budget.
Negotiations to fix the bloc’s finances for the 2014-2020 period have broken up without agreement.
Officials say most countries rejected calls for deeper spending cuts demanded by the UK and its allies.
British Prime Minister David Cameron also presented a paper showing how Brussels could slash around 6 billion euros from its staff bill.
France had called for some countries to pay more.
Budget negotiations are always difficult but commentators say the eurozone’s current debt crisis has made the talks even more bitter.
Meetings to agree the seven year budget, worth around a trillion euros, will continue in the new year.