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No surprise that Mr Cameron didn't get his way at the European summit.
But does it mean Britain has just moved closer to the EU exit?
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And with me, as always, the best and the brightest political
panel in the business Nick Watt Helen Lewis and Janan Ganesh.
They've had their usual cognac, or Juncker as it's known in
Luxembourg, for breakfast and will be tweeting under the influence
He's a boozing, chain-smoking, millionaire bon viveur who's made
it big in the world of European politic.
I speak of Jean-Claude Juncker, the former Prime Minister of Luxembourg
He'll soon be President of the European Commission,
He wasn't David Cameron's choice of course.
But those the PM thought were his allies deserted him and he ended up
on the wrong end of a 26-2 vote in favour of Arch-Fedrealist Juncker.
-- on the wrong end of a 26-2 vote in favour of Arch-Federalist
So where does this leave Mr Cameron's hopes
of major reform and repatriation of EU powers back to the UK?
Let's speak to his Europe Minister David Lidington
Welcome to the programme. The Prime Minister says that now with Mr
Juncker at the helm, the battle to keep Britain in the EU has got
harder. In what way has it got harder? For two reasons. The
majority of the leaders have accepted the process that shifts
power, it will not careful, from the elected heads of government right
cross Europe to the party bosses, the faction leaders in the European
Parliament and and the disaffection was made clear in many European
countries. Mr Juncker had a distinguished period as head of
Luxembourg, and was not a known reformer, but we have to judge on
how he leads the commission and there were some elements in the
mandate that the heads of government gave this week to the new incoming
European Commission that I think are cautiously encouraging for us. The
Prime Minister talked about those that not everybody wants to
integrate and to the same extent and speed. Let me just interrupt you.
What is new about saying that Europe can go closer to closer union at
different speeds? That has always been the case. It's nothing new
Indeed there are precedents, and they are good examples of the
approach as part of the course and one of the elements that the Prime
Minister is taking forward in the strategy is to get general
acceptance that while we agree that most of the partners have agreed to
the single currency will want to press forward with closer
integration of their economic and tax policies, but not every country
in the EU is going to want to do that. We have to see the pattern
that has grown up enough to recognise there is a diverse EU with
28 member states and more in the future. We won't all integrate the
extent. It is a matter of a pattern that is differentiation and
integration. I understand that. John Major used to call it variable
geometry, and other phrases nobody used to understand, but the point is
that you're back benches don't want any union at any speed, even in the
slow lane. They want to go in the other direction. It depends which
backbencher you talk to. There's a diverse range of views. I think that
there is acceptance that the core of the Prime Minister's approaches to
seek reform of the European Union, for renegotiation after the
election, then put it to the British people to decide. It won't be the
British government or ministers that take the final decision, it's the
British people, provided they are a Conservative government, who will
take the decision on the basis of the reforms that David Cameron
secures whether they want to stay in or not. Is there more of a chance,
not a certainty or probability, but at least more of a chance that with
Mr Juncker in that position of Britain leaving the EU? I don't
think we can say that at the moment. I think we can say that the task of
reform looks harder than it did a couple of weeks ago. But we have do
put Mr Juncker to the test. I do think he would want his commission
to be marked and I think that there is, and I find this in numbers
around Europe, and there is a growing recognition that things
cannot go on as they have been. Europe, economically, is in danger
of losing a lot of ground will stop millions of youngsters are out of
work already that reform. There is real anxiety and a number of
countries now about the extent to which opinion polls and election
results are showing a shift of support to both left and right wing
parties, sometimes outright neofascist movements, expressing
real content and resentment at Howard in touch -- how out of touch
decisions have become. You say you are sensing anxiety about the
condition of Europe, so why did they choose Mr Juncker then? You would
have to put that question to some of the heads of European government.
Clearly there were a number for whom domestic politics played a big role
in the eventual decision that