Much as Britain is uncertain about its future relationship with Europe, so Europe is divided about what it wants from Britain.
On a range of issues the UK has strong allies. Sweden, the Netherlands and Denmark are just three countries who share many of the same instincts as London and would want to keep Britain in the EU.
There is a larger group of countries who want the UK in the EU, but with conditions. Berlin shares a similar economic approach to London, but Chancellor Angela Merkel's red line is that she will not accept Britain blocking measures that are seen as essential to saving the euro.
Britain has strong cards. Because of demographics it could be the largest economy in Europe by 2050. And much as UK exporters need Europe, so many European companies depend on access to the UK market.
By the looks of it the Germans wants to tell the UK what to do like usual and Cameron telling her that we won't be spoken to like that.
Edited by Time_Traveller, 07 January 2013 - 12:23 PM.