Germany wants to cap the EU’s next seven-year budget (2021-27) at 1% of GDP.
In 2018, the Commission proposed a seven-year budget of roughly €1.1 trillion or 1.11% of the bloc’s Gross National Income (GNI).
Given that the UK was the EU second-biggest economy means that Germany needs to contribute an additional €10 billion a year. The Netherlands, Sweden, and other net contributors have echoed Germany’s cautious approach to the EU budget.
Berlin views increased contributions as going hand-in-hand with increased leverage for a rules-based EU order, with more solidarity on migration policy, bolder action on climate change, and greater commitment to rule of law.
EU members in eastern and southern Europe want a bigger budget, to the tune of 1.3% of the bloc’s GNI.