Campaigners fighting to retain current levels of social spending face a tough battle to preserve funds earmarked for alleviating poverty in the European Union.

The European Parliament’s social affairs committee voted on 21 May to reject a €1 billion budget cut to the EU’s fund for European aid to the most deprived, and urged that the fund be kept at the previous level of spending of €3.5 billion.

Speaking in Strasbourg on 22 May, the parliament’s rapporteur...

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