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“This is the last time we may get really big money from the EU to catch up with the West,” says the Warsaw daily at the start of the European Council summit dedicated to agreeing the EU 2014-2020 budget. What the meeting will bring still remains a mystery.

The compromise Council President Herman Van Rompuy will bring to the table – jokingly nicknamed “the budget submarine” by Brussels diplomats, still lies submerged, to avoid it being torpedoed at the beginning of the meeting. Last October Van Rompuy offered Poland €72.4bn as part of the cohesion policy, now Prime Minister Donald Tusk hopes to negotiate 300 bn złoty, or €71.8bn.