David Cameron suffered a humiliating setback in Europe as he failed to block arch federalist Jean-Claude Juncker from getting the top job in Brussels, losing by 26 votes to 2.
However, the Prime Minister said sometimes you have to "lose a battle to win the war".
ITV News Europe Editor James Mates reports:
It should be no surprise that David Cameron failed to stop such a long-standing EU figure being nominated as European Commission president.
The PM's friends in Europe are bewildered that he would rather go down in flames than try for the best deal possible in the circumstances.
David Cameron is cruising for Euro-bruising over the election of Jean-Claude Jucker