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Gunther Oettinger said eurocrats need even more money to tackle growing crises like migration and the fight against terror at a time when the EU is losing its third largest net contributor.
He warned that the massive loss of cash set to be unleashed by Brexit cannot be offset by cuts to the ballooning Brussels budget and will have to be made up by the bloc’s richer countries instead.
Just 10 of the EU’s 28 nations put more money into the project than they get out and it is extremely heavily reliant on just three - Britain, France and Germany - to keep going.
France has endure years of economic stagnation which have prompted growing euroscepticism and the looming threat of Marine Le Pen, leaving Berlin in the firing line once more to pick up the tab.