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The Michigan Daily-Saturday, May 31, 1980-Page 11
European budget battle may end

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -
European Common Market foreign
ministers yesterday worked out a plan
they hope will end the bitter budget
dispute between Britain and its fellow
They immediately began picking up
support for the proposal from their
governments. Within hours, the French
and Belgian Cabinets said they favored
the proposal. West German Foreign
Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher
called the agreement "a success for
Carrington skipped his usual post-
meeting press conference and hurried
back to London to present the plan to
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher,
who already has turned down two
budget schemes in six months. She
called a Cabinet meeting for Monday.
A Common Market official who asked
that his name not be disclosed said he
was confident the member governmen-
ts would accept the plan.
The ministers' plan is designed to an-
swer Britain's complaint that it bears

too much of the burden of the com-
munity's $20 billion budget. In rough
figures, Britain pays about $4 billion in-
to the Common Market budget but gets
back only $1.5 billion in community
spending. That is because Britain has
few of the Western European farmers
who make money under Common
Market farm programs.
SINCE A SUMMIT conference- in
Luxembourg in April, Britain has been
pressuring the community for a budget
settlement by vetoing a five per cent
hike in farm prices requested by the
other eight member countries: France,
West Germany, Ireland, Denmark,
Belgium, Luxembourg, Holland and
The nine agriculture ministers set
guaranteed minmum prices every
year. If market prices fall under that
level, common market funds are used
to buy surplus production.
Earlier this year, an agreement was
reached on a five per cent increase but
Britain opposed that on the ground that
higher prices mean higher common
farm expenses spent on buying surplus

THE BRITISH veto sparked angry
demonstrations by French, Belgian and
Dutch farmers and threats by France
to institute a unilateral farm policy.
Britain threatened to withhold part of
its contribution to the budget - an un-
precedented step in the community's
22-year history and a move viewed as a
possible threat to the Common
Market's existence.
The ministers' plan is a complex at-
tempt to balance community interests

- helping Britain while giving other
members of the community something,
The plan calls for refunds to Britain
of about $1.6 billion this year and $1.9
billion in 1981. In the meantime, the
Common Market Commission - the
community's executive branch -
would try to make structural changes in
the agricultural policy that would
reduce Britain's contribution in 1982. If
those changes cannot be made, Britain
would get another refund in 1982.

Re formers do well in
local Teamster voting

Weizman takes softer
tone after resignation
TEL AVIV, IsraeL(AP) - Former their Ierut Party, making only a
Defense Minister Ezer Weizman, whose jocular remark that Begin "was in his
angry resignation set off a feud that best anger."
threatens the ruling coalition, took a AFTER BEGIN'S speech, in which he
softer tone yesterday in his confron- accused Weizman of opportunism and
tation with Prime Minister Menachem betrayal of Herut principles, several
Begin, party members expressed concern that
"There has been overflow and the dispute would split the party
overkill in the whole affair," Weizman irreparably. Begin said it would be
said at a news conference for foreign "very hard to forgive" Weizman. The
journalists. He declined to respond to former defense minister had accused
sharp accusations leveled at him by Begin of stalling on the Palestinian
Begin Thursday night in a meeting of autonomy talks with Egypt and told a
television interviewer Wednesday that
he would not vote for Begin again.
But the popular Weizman, who said
he plans to stay in the Herut Party and
k. ~ retain his seat in Parliament, appeared
yesterday to be attempting to smooth
ruffled feathers. He admitted that he
had only a "fair chance of making a
comeback," but added "I hope I will
come back and serve."
Begin also appeared to be trying to
cool the heated atmosphere. At a
parliamentary committee meeting the
prime minister made no references to
Weizman's latest remarks.
BUT BEGIN had yet to resolve the
dilemma over how to fill the defense
seat vacated by Weizman on Sunday.
m bIn a separate development, the 15-
member U.N. Security Council yester-
day extended for another six months
the peacekeeping force stationed on the
Weizmna Golan Heights between Israel and Syria
.. not destroyed politically by a vote of 14-0.
TONIGHT at 7:30 & 9:30
A pretty gruesome movie in which everyone gets what he deserves and so
do a lot of people who don't deserve it. The ending will make you squirm. The
lost three minutes will make you jump. Plus short--MAKE ME PSYCHIC.
Sunday: A FAREWELL TO ARMS with Hayes, Cooper and Menjou. Plus-

DETROIT (UPI)-One top reform
candidate appeared headed for victory
but another slipped toward a solid
defeat yesterday in the battle for
leadership of the Teamsters Union's
premier local.
The election of officers at Local
299-home local of missing ex-union
boss Jimmy Hoffa and current inter-
national chief Frank Fitzsim-
mons-was being watched closely as a
test of dissident strength in the nation's
largest union.
THE REBELS HAVE accused local
incumbents of negotiating weak con-
tracts, failing to represent members
adequately in grievance matters and
generally running a less than
democratic union.
With about 70 per cent of the vote
counted, reform presidential hopeful
Peter Karagozian held about a 270-vote
lead over incumbent Robert Lins, unof-
ficial figures from dissident sources
But dissident Peter Camarata, run-
ning on a different slate, trailed in-
cumbent Ray Banks by more than 480
votes in the race for vice president, the
unofficial figures showed.
Karagozian slate were running strongly
for secretary-treasurer and at least one
of three trustee posts but a dissident

teammate of Camarata's trailed in the
race for recording secretary.
The vote count was expected to be
completed by late afternoon.
Karagozian, narrowly defeated by
Lins in a 1977 election challenged by
dissidents on groundsof federal labor
law violations, was cautious about
claiming victory.
"I don't want to count my chickens
before they hatch," he joked.
Camarata, a leader of the reformist
Teamsters for a Democratic Union
(TDU), also is seeking to oust Fitzsim-
mons as international president in 1981.
He was optimistic despite his poor
Seven offices were at stake in the
election, being supervised by U.S.
Departmentof Labor observers.
"Uncle Tom's Cabin," by Harriet
Beecher Stowe, was first published in
book form in 1852. Earlier, it had been
serialized ina magazine.


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