So to sum up the EU want everything paid for and offer nothing in return and the UK wants to pay nothing and get everything it wants in return. Sounds like a classic start to negotiations to me.
The fact that May used the occasion to bolster her domestic appeal on the eve of an election is, of course, not something that Merkel and every other EU PM would do?
Merkel also adds that Germany wont fill the funding gap left by the UK and it looks like none of the other contributing States will either. Is there an election due in Germany soon by any chance?