David Cameron said the nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commission president represented "a bad day for Europe".
"This whole process has reinforced my view that Europe needs to change. If you are deadly serious that you want change, as I am, then you don't back down when a vote goes against you," the Prime Minister said.
"This is a bad day for Europe. It risks undermining the position of national governments and hands new power to the European Parliament."
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