The European Commission in Brussels has said it is not worried that the Conservatives are now in the driving seat in Britain, even though many in the party oppose stronger ties with the European Union.
Euronews asks expats who frequent a pub near the Commission what they think of the change in power.
Here are selected remarks from patrons: “Really I don’t think Britain will become more pro-European in the short term, in spite of the Liberal Democrats.”
“As I am British, I personaly disagree with joining the euro, because it is always good to have a separate currency. But I do hope that Britain works more closely in terms of defence and foreign policy with the European Union.”
It is expected that the new Tory chief will try to show more eurosceptic members that he will defend Britain’s interests strongly in the EU, but Brussels sees him as having more to gain from cooperating with the rest of the bloc.