"In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, and a group of foreign newspapers, the President of the European Commission warned the Prime Minister that his strategy to claw back 'competences' from the EU would fail. He insisted that the only way to reform the EU was to review its acquis, a body of legislation estimated to comprise of over 150,000 pages of regulations, on a case-by-case basis."
"'There are two ways. One is the pragmatic reasonable approach, seeing case by case whether legislation is needed or not,' he said, stressing that he was not intervening in British politics. 'The other one is to have a fundamental discussion about the competences of the EU, even in terms of renationalisation. I think the second approach is doomed to failure'."
Every EU treaty stresses "ever closer union" - that is, the eventual formation of one big state divided into regions which have been merged across former national boundaries. And giving powers back requires the approval of all 28 current member states -
Barroso knows very well that Cameron's pretence at euroscepticism is just a cynical attempt to avoid losing votes to UKIP at the next election. Here are just a few examples of him yielding more and more powers to Brussels since he became Prime Minister. (Media censorship policy is made by the EU as well - so no wonder Cameron wanted the Mail banned from printing the grisly details of Ed Miliband's communist family past. His bosses did, too.)