David Cameron has failed to persuade other European leaders to deliver the reform of and real- terms cut in the Budget which MPs voted for. He is increasingly weak and isolated in Europe, just as he is at home. The Prime Minister needs to start building alliances if he is to deliver a good deal for British taxpayers and for the future of the European Union.
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.