London (CNN) - The family of a British teenager killed in a road accident involving the wife of a American diplomat in August 2019 has called for the UK government to block the extradition of Julian Assange to the US, unless Washington agrees to send Anne Sacoolas in the opposite direction.
Radd Seiger, lawyer and spokesman for the family of Harry Dunn, said the US has "launched the single greatest attack on the so-called special relationship between the countries in modern memory" by declining the UK's requests to extradite Sacoolas, who is accused of causing Dunn's death while driving on the wrong side of the road last August.
Assange was arrested in April last year at the Ecuadorian Embassy on a US extradition warrant, and faces 18 charges in the US for his alleged role in encouraging, receiving and publishing national defense information.
In an emergency meeting Thursday, the bloc's leaders will seek to agree on its next budget, but there are expected to be long and arduous fights between those paying the highest amounts to the EU and those receiving the most money from it.
However, EU countries have a hard time figuring out how much money to allocate to the different policy aims.
On the other hand, the Frugal Four, a group made up of Austria, Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands, believe the EU should cut its budget and allocate more funding to new policy areas, such as technology and climate change.
Ahead of the leaders' meeting Thursday, a preliminary proposal seen by CNBC, suggested an increase to 7 billion euros from 0.6 billion euros in the amount allocated to the European Defense Fund — a program designed to increase national investment in defense research and cooperation between national armed forces.