Poor David Cameron, I do slightly sympathise with him on the odd occasion and this is one of them. His party is divided about the European Union and in recent months he's tried to silence the dissenters, only to have this rear it's head.
Angela Merkel has called for a new EU treaty to strengthen the rules of the eurozone. Whether it be David Cameron or Gordon Brown who be Prime Minister after 6 May we will have a referendum on this matter. Both labour and the tories are committed to a referendum on future treaty changes.
Eurosceptic Tory MPs have seized on the chance of a referendum to talk up the prospect of renegotiating Britain's relationship with Europe but the Times reports Mr Cameron could argue that Mrs Merkel's demands would not directly affect Britain and need not trigger a referendum. She will also have difficulty convincing France, Sweden and others that a new EU treaty is needed after the drawn-out process of passing the Lisbon Treaty.
Mrs Merkel's statement came after she reluctantly agreed to lend German support to a bailout plan for Greece. She wants tougher powers to direct European economies to stop them ignoring existing rules and sliding into meltdown like Greece. "I think we will not be able to bypass possible treaty changes, I think we need them," she said yesterday.
Gordon Brown told the House of Commons in 2007 that he ruled out new treaties for this parliament and the next.
Reading between the lines, it would appear the politicians have covered their backs regarding their 'commitment' to a referendum on treaty changes. It would be up to the tory Eurosceptic MPs to push their leader into honouring the promise - that is if Cameron does win the election.
Sue has her own interpretation on this subject.