Jean-Claude Juncker's nomination was approved by European leaders by a margin of 26-2, with only David Cameron and Hungarian PM Viktor Orban opposed, said British officials.
The vote, which was insisted upon by Cameron, marked a break with a tradition of filling key roles by consensus.
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