Germany will do everything its power to the UK within the European Union, according to the country's finance minister.
Speaking to the (£) Financial Times, Wolfgang Schaeuble said: "Historically, politically, democratically, culturally, Great Britain is entirely indispensable for Europe."
He added that Britain's exit from the union was "unimaginable."
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