The EU last night demanded an extra £1.7billion from the UK – because our economy is recovering faster than other member states. David Cameron came under fire from MPs as Brussels demanded the hefty surcharge. To add insult to injury, France will receive a £790 million rebate because its economy is struggling. Mr Cameron last night held meetings at a European Council Summit in Brussels in an attempt to challenge the fee, which represents almost a fifth of Britain’s net contribution last year. Full story >>
Brussels is the capital city of Belgium, where the European Commission (the main governing body of the European Union) is located. Because of this, the media often use the word 'Brussels' for referring to the government of the European Union. This usage is an example of a metonym, a figure of speech in which a thing or concept is not called by its own name, but by the name of something intimately associated with it. For instance, "London", as the capital of the United Kingdom, could be used as a metonym for its government.