Richard Ashworth is the leader of Britain's Conservative MEPs. Follow Richard on Twitter.
Yesterday I was in the audience at Bloomberg to hear our Prime Minister set out to the country his vision of our future relationship with Europe.
At the core of his message was a warm and overwhelmingly positive vision of a reformed and reinvigorated European Union, with British involvement at its heart and the single market its engine.
He stated, calmly and clearly, how vital Europe is to the UK - and vice versa. He acknowledged that our close involvement with the rest of Europe is an inevitable function of our history, our geography, our culture and our politics. He carefully described these ties that bind - ties which on some levels are unbreakable.
But he also vividly diagnosed the sickness which we now see laying Europe so low - its democratic remoteness, the euro's fragility and a fundamental lack of competitiveness.
Disaffection over the EU is growing across Europe. It is not only in Britain that citizens increasingly see the EU as remote, unaccountable and costly. People begin to see the union as the problem rather than the solution.