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UK's Cameron braces to go down fighting as EU chooses new leader

 British Prime Minister David Cameron is bracing for a humiliating defeat that has isolated Britain as a European Union summit kicks off today in the Belgian town of Ypres.

His relentless opposition to the nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker as president of the European Commission has cost him almost all his European allies. That could look like a win for the center-right of Europe, from whose party Mr. Juncker hails, as well as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has publicly backed Juncker.

But Juncker's candidacy, which may be put to vote on Friday at the summit, has institutional and political implications for the EU.

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