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Janis A. Emmanouilidis
Janis A. Emmanouilidis
Director of Studies
Tel:  +32 (0)2 235.08.86
Twitter: @jaemmanouilidis
Website: http://www.emmanouilidis.eu/

Janis A. Emmanouilidis joined the EPC in 2009 as a Senior Policy Analyst. Since 1 October 2013, he is also the EPC's Director of Studies.

He has published widely on the EU's overall political and institutional development, the sovereign debt crisis, the perspectives of differentiated integration in an EU 27+, the Union's foreign, security and defence policy, and on EU enlargement. His latest book, The Delphic Oracle on Europe, co-edited with Loukas Tsoukalis, was published by Oxford University Press in May 2011. Janis has been an advisor of various governments, EU institutions, European parties and NGOs on a broad range of issues related to European integration and has commentated widely on EU affairs in the media.

Before joining the EPC he was Stavros Costopoulos Research Fellow at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) (2007-2009), Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Applied Policy Research (CAP) (1999-2007), and Research Fellow at theInstitut fr Europische Politik (IEP) (1995-1997). At present he is also Research Associate at ELIAMEP and EU Institutional Development Advisor of the Polish think-tank demosEUROPA – Centre for European Strategy.

Janis has studied international relations and strategic studies in the UK and economics at the University of Erlangen-Nrnberg, Germany.

Internal Responsibilities

Director of Studies

Area of expertise

Institutional reform, EU foreign policy, differentiated integration, enlargement, reform of economic governance


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Yes, we should!
18 April 2019

Chapter 1

Re-unite EUrope: A shared Leitmotiv for the next EU leadership
17 April 2019

Chapter 23

The need to 'Re-unite EUrope': the results of another Brexit summit
17 December 2018

The concrete results of the December Summit were meagre and somewhat sobering.

Time to move up a gear: the results of an insufficient summit | Post-Summit Analysis
2 July 2018

The June Summit was expected to be an important milestone – but it was not.

Europe's reform opportunity
1 June 2017

Pragmatic ambition

The Rome Declaration – An imperfect display of unity
27 March 2017

Struggling to re-energise the European project

The 2017 elections across Europe: facts, expectations and consequences
14 March 2017

Europe may catch a break with the upcoming elections in key member states, but not a free pass

The bumpy road from Bratislava to Rome: the results of a (un)spectacular summit | Post-Summit Analysis
24 October 2016

Lack of unity persists at October Summit  

EU@60 - Countering a regressive and illiberal Europe
13 October 2016

What kind of Europe do we really want for the future?

Post-Summit Commentary | Europe in limbo while the UK descends into chaos
30 June 2016

The first EU Summit post-Brexit vote

Brexit: a new beginning for the EU or the beginning of the end?
24 June 2016

Britain is out

Elements of a complex but still incomplete puzzle: an assessment of the EU(-Turkey) summit | Post-Summit Analysis
21 March 2016

Finding a balance between solidarity and security

EUROPE'S TROUBLEMAKERS - The populist challenge to foreign policy
8 March 2016

The impact of populism on European foreign policy

Europe’s reactive and protective muddling through: the results of a summit in fire-fighting mode | Post-Summit Analysis
19 October 2015

Mistrust, complexity, divergence, and disappointment

A Greek tragedy in the making
6 July 2015

Where do we go from here? 

Post-Summit Commentary - Greece on the brink
29 June 2015

Is Grexit really inevitable? 

Greece back on centre stage: the results of a déjà vu summit | Post-Summit Analysis
23 March 2015

Did the March 2015 European Council prepare the grounds for a breakthrough between Greece and its lenders?

EPC Special Collection: Investment in Europe
27 November 2014

Analysis on Europe's investment future

Low key but not low impact: the results of the EU's 'transition' summit | Post-Summit Analysis
27 October 2014

Low energy and high spirits – October post-summit analysis

State of the Union and key challenges for Europe's future
1 October 2014

The need for a New Pact
1 October 2014

Policy recommendations for the new European Commission: priorities for stabilising EMU
30 September 2014

Remedying the euro area

The beginning of a new political cycle: the results and consequences of a nomination summit | Post-Summit Analysis
30 June 2014

A new political cycle

Social cohesion in Europe after the crisis
2 June 2014

Rethinking Europe's socio-economic model

Post-European Parliament Elections
27 May 2014

Post-European Parliament Elections Analysis

Historic turning point or just another chapter? The results of a foreign-policy summit - Post-Summit Analysis
24 March 2014

An analysis of the March 2014 European Council

Legitimising EU Policymaking: What role for National Parliaments?
28 January 2014

The way for national parliaments to strengthen their direct involvement in EU policy formulation

Pre-Summit Analysis
18 December 2013

The key topics on the agenda of this week’s European Council – Single Resolution Mechanism, contractual agreements, defence, EU-Ukraine, enlargement, and European External Action Service – must be treated with urgency by EU leaders, say EPC analysts in this Commentary.

A summit of little substance
28 October 2013

The European Council meeting on 24-25 October was a rather low-key affair, with no ground-breaking decisions taken by EU leaders on the four key topics on the agenda, says Janis A. Emmanouilidis in this Post-Summit Commentary.

Pre-Summit Analysis
23 October 2013

The key topics on the agenda of this week’s European Council – the Economic and Monetary Union, growth and jobs, the digital economy and asylum and immigration policy – must be treated with urgency by EU leaders, say EPC analysts in this Pre-Summit Commentary.

The European Parliament elections 2014 - Watershed or, again, washed out?
9 September 2013

In this Discussion Paper, Corina Stratulat and Janis A. Emmanouilidis analyse the prospects and challenges for the next EP vote in May 2014, urging European and national political actors to choose meaningful electoral messages and credible candidates for the Presidency of the European Commission when going up against the anti-EU/euro parties.

The European Parliament - Why should I care?
15 July 2013

The European Policy Centre – supported by the European Parliament – took a stand this year against the constant lamenting about low public awareness and participation in EP elections by organising a competition entitled: “The European Parliament – Why should I care?”

Foretastes of a ‘new normal’: the results of a low-profile summit - Post-Summit Analysis
1 July 2013

The 27-28 June European Council was a low-profile affair which attracted little attention beyond the walls of the Justus Lipsius, says Janis A. Emmanouilidis.

Striking the right balance? An uneventful summit despite mounting socio-political uncertainties - Post-Summit Analysis
18 March 2013

The 14-15 March 2013 European Council meeting was an uneventful summit that will not enter history books, says Janis A. Emmanouilidis.

Steps but no roadmap towards GEMU – the results of a disappointing summit - Post-Summit Analysis
17 December 2012

The 13-14 December European Council was disappointing as it failed to live up to the expectations raised and the objectives set earlier in the year.

Stepping stone to an ambitious deal? – the results of an ‘intermediate summit’ - Post-Summit Analysis
22 October 2012

The October European Council was a relatively drama-free stepping stone on the way to a more decisive summit in December. The biggest risk now is complacency: EU leaders need to sign up to an ambitious and detailed agenda for a ‘Genuine Economic and Monetary Union’ at their December meeting, writes Janis A. Emmanouilidis in this Post-Summit Analysis.

A budget for the euro zone?
15 October 2012

There is little clarity about the key parameters of a potential eurozone budget, including its size and, more importantly, its purpose, ahead of this week’s EU summit, write Fabian Zuleeg and Janis A. Emmanouilidis in this Commentary.

Armageddon - for Greece, the euro zone and the EU?
27 July 2012

In this Commentary, Fabian Zuleeg and Janis A. Emmanouilidis argue that, despite the calls for Greece to exit the euro zone becoming louder, it is in Europe's best interests for Greece to stay in the euro.

The prospects of ambitious muddling through – the results of an EU Summit in deep crisis mode - Post-Summit Analysis
2 July 2012

At the June 2012 Summit EU leaders took a number of key decisions regarding the euro-debt crisis. In this Post-summit Analysis Janis A. Emmanouilidis takes an upbeat approach but argues that the EU will stay in crisis mode and that 'ambitious muddling through' will remain the Union's dominant mantra.

The perils of complacency - the results of an unspectacular summit - Post-Summit Analysis
5 March 2012

This analysis by Janis A. Emmanouilidis, however, warns that the situation remains fragile and that the political dangers and longer-term effects of the crisis will haunt the EU and its members for some time – even though the crisis seems to be moving into a less critical phase due to the massive intervention of the European Central Bank.

Solidarity and Austerity: The 2012 State of the European Union
31 January 2012

The 2012 edition of the Annual Brussels Think Tank Dialogue saw leading EU policymakers and academics discuss austerity and solidarity in crisis-hit Europe.

Escaping Europe's Catch 22
30 January 2012

In early 2012 the situation looks better than it has for a while, but the crisis recovery still remains very fragile. In this Commentary, Fabian Zuleeg and Janis A. Emmanouilidis argue that the euro zone is caught in a Catch 22, as multiple parallel crises often require contradictory responses. National reform efforts and fiscal prudence are indispensable but they do not produce a decisive break from the downward spiral.

Thinking beyond a fiscal union
20 December 2011

Steps towards establishing a 'fiscal union' may not only convince and enable the European Central Bank (ECB) to act as a temporary 'buyer of last resort', but also prepare the political ground for two major innovations: the need to balance austerity and growth in the framework of a 'New Deal', and the introduction of some form of (temporary) debt collateralisation, argue Janis A. Emmanouilidis and Fabian Zuleeg in this EPC Commentary.

All roads lead to Frankfurt: the results of an enigmatic summit - Post-Summit Analysis
12 December 2011

The 8-9 December European Council was not the 'major breakthrough' many had hoped for in the run-up to this crunch meeting of EU leaders: it is not likely to go down in history as the meeting which turned the tide, and the EU is destined to remain in 'crisis mode' for some time to come.

Stepping into the abyss?
5 December 2011

The crisis has reached crunch time. It is not just the stability of the EU’s common currency but also the future of the whole European project which is at stake, write Janis A. Emmanouilidis and Fabian Zuleeg in this EPC commentary.

Eurozone exits no longer taboo
4 November 2011

The crisis has entered yet another phase, with Greece's membership of the euro zone being openly contested. In this commentary Janis A. Emmanouilidis argues that a possible transitional government and every other future Greek government need to regain trust by providing evidence of the country's firm commitment and ability to fulfil its obligations.

The complex end of a summit marathon
27 October 2011

EU leaders this week reached a potentially landmark deal to restructure Greek debt, strengthen the European Financial Stability Facility and recapitalise major European banks, writes Janis A. Emmanouilidis in this commentary.

Cutting four Gordian knots - Post-Summit Analysis
24 October 2011

This post-summit analysis of the first round of summits by Janis A. Emmanouilidis shows that much work still lies ahead and warns that EU leaders might not be able to deliver (all) the expected results.

Yes, but - defining a vision after the Karlsruhe verdict
7 September 2011

In this commentary on the Karlsruhe verdict, Janis A. Emmanoulidis and Fabian Zuleeg argue that the permanent solution must be to reform European economic governance.

All eyes on Greece - the EU in crisis mode, again! - Post-Summit Analysis
27 June 2011

This post-summit analysis by Janis A. Emmanouilidis warns that there is no ‘silver bullet’ to resolve the crisis, and that EU leaders will have to choose between “politically very painful and economically very costly” alternatives.

A Greek tragedy foretold
23 June 2011

This Commentary by Fabian Zuleeg and Janis A. Emmanouilidis argues that the Eurozone partners are in a bind.

Think Global - Act European
20 June 2011

In view of the upcoming Polish, Danish, and Cypriot Presidencies, the EPC participated alongside 15 other European think tanks to the latest edition of the TGAE report in analysing the role of the future Trio Presidency.

Stronger after the crisis - Strategic choices for Europe's way ahead
16 June 2011

In this EPC Strategy Paper, the authors argue that Europe needs new momentum and that the EU and its members should concentrate their efforts on concrete, ambitious, yet realistic, strategic projects.

A New Deal to help save the euro
10 May 2011

In this commentary, Fabian Zuleeg and Janis A. Emmanouilidis argue in favour of a New Deal for the euro based on investment rather than transfers.

A quantum leap in economic governance - but questions remain - Post-Summit Analysis
28 March 2011

In this post-summit analysis Janis Emmanouilidis argues that European economic governance has made a major step forward but key questions still remain unanswered

EP electoral reform: a question of trade-offs
24 February 2011

Changing the rules of the electoral game has long been considered a prerequisite for enhancing the popular legitimacy of the European Parliament. In this Policy Brief Corina Stratulat and Janis A. Emmanouilidis analyse recent proposals for an electoral reform brought forward by the EP.

Adding pieces to the European economic governance puzzle - Post-Summit Analysis
20 December 2010

In this post-summit analysis, Janis A. Emmanouilidis argues that EU leaders were justified in heralding the decision to establish a European Stability Mechanism as a major success.

Political trends and priorities 2011-2012
17 December 2010

In the context of this deep crisis, this Issue Paper by Rosa Balfour, Janis A. Emmanouilidis and Fabian Zuleeg provides an ex ante analysis of political trends and priorities in 2011 and 2012.

The European Citizens' Initiative: next step, implementation
16 December 2010

The authors of this commentary, Corina Stratulat and Janis A. Emmanouilidis, argue that the final rules will place politically sensitive burdens on the Commission while offering the EP new opportunities to engage with its voters.

The bumpy road to economic union - Post-Summit Analysis
2 November 2010

The political atmosphere ahead of the European Council on 28-29 October had been poisoned by the Franco-German Deauville Declaration.

Implementing Lisbon: a critical appraisal of the Citizens’ Initiative
28 June 2010

This Policy Brief by Janis A. Emmanouilidis and Corina Stratulat explains in detail how the Citizens’ Initiative should work in practice, and discusses whether it will have the desired effect in bringing citizens closer to the workings of the EU.

A welcome moment of calm in the midst of the storm
21 June 2010

‘Unspectacular’ is probably the word that best sums up the 17 June European Council, with no immediate crisis to deal with, few headline-grabbing initiatives and no major surprises.

A Schuman Declaration for the 21st Century
6 May 2010

On the 60th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration (9 May 1950), which set Europe on the path to European economic and political integration, the EPC has drafted a new declaration along lines that Schuman might have thought of.

Implementing Lisbon: narrowing the EU's 'democratic deficit'?
9 March 2010

Now the Lisbon Treaty has been in force for three months, this Policy Brief by Janis A. Emmanouilidis and Corina Stratulat assesses how far it can help to overcome the EU’s alleged democratic deficit.

The Barroso II Commission and the need to extend Europe 2020
9 February 2010

In this Commentary Janis A. Emmanouilidis argues that the remit of the Europe 2020 project (originally planned to focus on economic matters) should be extended to other areas, especially in the realm of security.

Implementing Lisbon: the EU Presidency's other (rotating) half
10 December 2009

The Lisbon Treaty, in force since 1 December, still left many grey areas to be clarified, one of the more tricky ones being the function of the six-monthly rotating EU Presidency in the next institutional architecture, say Antonio Missiroli and Janis Emmanouilidis in this Policy Brief.

Three cheers (and questions) for the new Commission
1 December 2009

In the new European Commission unveiled last week President Barroso achieved a virtuoso balancing act in political, geographic, personal and even gender terms, but the new set-up also raises unanswered questions, argue Antonio Missiroli and Janis Emmanouilidis in this Commentary.

Lisbon mission accomplished? Not yet...
5 October 2009

 This Commentary by Janis A. Emmanouilidis and Antonio Missiroli argues that this unique situation requires a combination of resolve and flexibility from all sides, and suggests a four-stage approach to dealing with the uncertainties surrounding the appointment of a new European Commission, and the holders of the new jobs created by the Treaty.