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Juncker nomination a 'bad day for Europe': British PM Cameron

Published on Jun 28, 2014 12:27 AM

BRUSSELS (AFP) - The choice of Jean-Claude Juncker to head the European Commission marks "a bad day for Europe," British Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday after bitterly opposing the nomination.

"This is a bad day for Europe, it risks undermining the position of national governments," Cameron said after EU leaders voted 26-2 for the former Luxembourg premier to replace Jose Manuel Barroso.

Asked if Britain was closer to an exit from the 28-member bloc as a result, Cameron said: "The job has got harder of keeping Britain in a reformed European Union... Do I think it's an impossible job? No." But for Britain to get its way on Europe "it is going to be a long, tough fight and frankly sometimes you have to be willing to lose a battle to win a war," Cameron said.

Cameron forced an unprecedented vote on the Juncker nomination at a high-stakes Brussels summit despite having the support of only Hungary among the other 27 EU members.

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