David Cameron chooses his EU targets

David Cameron carrying a ministerial red box in Brussels

What many will describe as failure, David Cameron has described as "progress."

After two long days of talking, EU leaders may not have agreed a budget deal but the prime minister said that at least an "unacceptable deal" had been stopped.

What obviously pleased him just as much was the fact that Britain was not isolated here. The Dutch and the Swedes argued for a budget freeze and the Germans and the Danes were sympathetic too.

Mr Cameron chose not to blame countries demanding more spending - the French for their farmers or the Poles for their so-called cohesion funds.

Instead, he targeted the institutions of Brussels and, though not by name, Europe's two Presidents.

The EU Commission had, Mr Cameron said, failed to offer up a single euro in savings - an insult to taxpayers. The chair of this summit had not stood up for taxpayers' interests.

British proposals to curb the pay and pensions of European civil servants and to freeze certain programmes had been ignored.

The prime minister left Brussels looking confident. He will expect a good reception back home. He will know, however, that next year an EU budget deal will have to be done.

Nick Robinson, Political editor Article written by Nick Robinson Nick Robinson Political editor

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    Comment number 113.

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    Belief is needed

    To let go of ambition

    But hold the best desires for and of the benefit of others

    That together progress can be made

    As an example for all


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    Comment number 112.

    "carry people"

    Sadly, not 'democracy' that is carrying

    We need focus on meaning!

    All have 'directions to go', seen or to come

    Equality, for democracy, permissive for shared freedom

    My suspicion: kids could well grasp

    There's no 'side' to this, security for all, belonging

    Some might 'come to class' with parents' 'ambitions'

    Not just give & enjoy, take power for advantage


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    Comment number 111.

    @110 All for All
    I wish I did know that J_f_H means the best. The Denis MacShane's and others will not tolerate debate on the EU & Euro and it is hard to discern whether their desire is for their own ends, the ends of another narrow clique or the ends of a strict party political goal.

    Democracy must be allowed to carry people in a direction they are willing to go.

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    Comment number 110.

    Up2snuff @106
    A real poet!

    Efforts to cool much appreciated

    The sign of autonomy


    Traps so many in brusqueness

    Then to snap

    You know John means the best

    Years in weary harness

    I've tried to tell

    No trust short of Equal Partnership

    Such a hard lesson

    But once taken, liberating

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    Comment number 109.


    We need the EU and the EU needs us. We need the EU first for trade, then for peace and the joint management of our shared environment. Which I guess you don't bother about at all!

    None of these rock solid arguments will have any impact on you as you have shown yourselves locked into your mindset of hatred. If you could only understand that hating your neighbours hurts you and the UK!


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