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Pre-EU Summit Insights: Greek drama to overshadow everything else

June 23, 2015 - EU Institutions

Janis A. Emmanouilidis, Director of Studies at the European Policy Centre, gives Lénaïc Vaudin d’Imécourt an exclusive pre-summit analysis of the European Council meeting taking place on 25 and 26 June in Brussels.

Since EU leaders failed to reach an agreement on Greece on Monday night, the possibility of its eviction from the Eurozone is likely to overshadow European Council talks on Thursday and Friday. Both sides will want to find an agreement, but time is running out.

Other discussion points on the agenda will be Russia, Ukraine and migration policy. In addition, in the light of a potential Brexit, under pressure from his Eurosceptic backbenchers, Cameron will be pushing for economic concessions, including protection for London financial markets from EU legislation, and cutting “red tape” for businesses. On a brighter note, plans for a Digital Single Market will likely receive a ringing endorsement from member states, which see it as a further step towards a single European market.

The European Policy Centre (EPC) is a Brussels-based independent think tank focusing on European integration and provides high-quality analysis on the EU policy agenda. The EPC has a strong multi-constituency approach and has a wide range of private companies, business federations, trade unions, public institutions as well as NGOs as its members.

Janis A. Emmanouilidis works for the EPC since 2009 as a Senior Policy Analyst and was recently promoted as EPC’s Director of Studies. His publications cover the EU’s overall political and institutional development, the sovereign debt crisis, EU integration, the EU’s foreign policy as well as EU enlargement. Emmanouilidis is also active as an advisor of various governments, EU institutions, European parties and NGOs.

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