David Cameron signed off from his press conference saying that although no deal was reached, they stopped something "unacceptable" from happening. "In EU terms, I think that goes down as progress," he added.
The Prime Minister's performance at this EU summit has been interesting and it hints at a more tactical engagement with Europe.
The Prime Minister has hit out at EU institutions for not going far enough to rein in spending as budget talks were postponed until January.
Getting 27 people with different interests to agree to anything is hard, but the lack of solidarity among EU members can be striking.