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  • 26 June 2014, 17:14

PM Prepares For Showdown Over EU's Top Job

David Cameron will on Friday go into battle with his fellow EU leaders, forcing an unprecedented vote on whether Jean-Claude Juncker should be the next President of the EU Commission.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said there is "no drama" but in reality many politicians are irritated by what they see as posturing and threats by David Cameron, plus an unnecessary public airing of dirty laundry.

It is important to remember that it is not only Mr Cameron who thinks Mr Juncker, a key architect of the EU who favours closer ties, is the wrong man for the job when voters across Europe sent a distinctly Eurosceptic message at the last elections.

But there are two likely outcomes for Friday's vote in Ypres: Mr Cameron will be backed by one other leader (Hungary) or by nobody at all.

The big question is - will it all be worth it?

Sources close to the Prime Minister insist this is a principled stance about an important democratic principle.

They emphasise that voters want a leader prepared to stand up for their national interest and ruffle a few feathers in Brussels.

However, there is a bigger picture.

David Cameron is hoping to renegotiate significant powers back to Britain.

This week he risks alienating and irritating some of the very people he needs to agree to that.

Brussels is all about picking the right battles.

Some fear that going into fight about the appointment of a Eurocrat most voters have never heard of is not the right priority.

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