Health secretary Jeremy Hunt slammed the EU leaders for ignoring problems that the 28-strong union faces and said the Conservatives would only recommend a reform package to British voters if it was the "right deal".
"With the exception of David Cameron and the leader of Hungary, European leaders have simply got their heads in the sand about the problems that Europe faces and they are going to have to work much harder to persuade the British people that they really understand the need for reform," he said.
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