European Union Is 'Too Big And Too Bossy'
David Cameron has described the European Union as "too big, too bossy and too interfering" as fellow leaders announced they will re-examine its future.
Ahead of a summit in Brussels, the Prime Minister said the EU could not ignore Sunday's poll, which saw many European leaders' support fall away to anti-immigration and eurosceptic parties.
"We need an approach that recognises that Europe should concentrate on what matters, on growth and jobs and not try and do so much," he said.
"We need an approach that recognises that Brussels has got too big, too bossy, too interfering. We need more for nation states. It should be nation states wherever possible and Europe only where necessary."
Speaking later, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said the EU will re-examine its priorities for the new parliament.
"As the union emerges from the financial crisis it needs an agenda of growth, competitiveness and jobs," he said.
"We need a better functioning monetary union while preserving the union as such."
Mr Cameron also made clear his opposition to the front-runner in line to take the union's top job.
Discussions will focus on finding a replacement for European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso when his term ends in October, and Jean-Claude Juncker is favourite for the job.
In a thinly-veiled swipe, Mr Cameron stressed the importance of securing a candidate focused on openness and flexibility instead of being bound up in the union's past.
Although Mr Cameron cannot formally veto Mr Juncker, it is unlikely the European Council, made up of the EU's 28 national heads of government, would force through a president without unanimous backing.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage earlier claimed there was "nobody more fanatical about building the United States of Europe" than the Luxembourg politician.
He said his candidacy has come "just at the moment that the European electors have made it clear they are going in the wrong direction".
The summit will also focus on the "political earthquake" which saw UKIP top the polls in Britain, the far-right Front National come first in France and the extreme-left Syriza movement take top spot in Greece.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel also lost votes to Alternative For Germany, a party opposed to the euro.