The PM's decision to withdraw the Tories from the mainstream European People's Party made it inevitable that his party would form eurosceptic partnerships.
The PM believes the wind is blowing his way - and some in Labour fear he is right.
Election strategist Lynton Crosby has warned them that it helps Labour, which has a double-digit lead on the issue.
The Prime Minister should stop indulging the idea that Europe is a conspiracy perpetrated by other countries against Britain.
It's not up to the unelected commission to determine Britain's policies, but it has reason and evidence on its side.
Targets are missed on two fronts, with net migration up by 212,000 and borrowing up by £1.9bn.
David Cameron likes to boast that there are more women in the workplace than ever. But for too many, life is getting harder.
The more parties, broadcasters and papers pile in, the greater the danger of a non-agreement.
It would enhance his bargaining power, while the Tories can remind him that they allowed a vote on AV.
The PM recognises how any hint that he could depart could galvanise the "No" campaign - but he is preparing for defeat.