Pre-EU Summit Insights: What’s on the table? – “Greece expected to dominate Summit”

EPC’s leading European politics expert Janis A. Emmanouilidis gives Lénaïc Vaudin d’Imécourt an exclusive pre-summit analysis of the European Council meeting taking place on Thursday 12 February in Brussels.

Topics on the agenda of the EU heads of state and government:

  • Economic Monetary Union and Greece’s debt repayments: main question is “whether German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras can find a compromise or both sides will show a confrontational stance“.
  • EU-Russia relations are “at a critical juncture again, but a lot will depend on what will happen during the Minsk summit” on 11 February
  • Anti-terrorism measures with a special focus on the EU Passenger Name Record: after Paris “the heads of state and government will underline the need for better cooperation when it comes to information exchange“.

The next European Council will be held in Brussels on 19 and 20 March 2015.

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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