The 2003 Greek Presidency: Internal Market and Foreign Policy Priorities and Achievements

  • Simone Bunse
Part of the St Antony’s Series book series


Greece assumed the Council Presidency for the fourth time from 1 January to 30 June 2003. It had joined the Community in 1981, but half-heartedly. EU membership profoundly challenged its political, administrative, and economic structure characterised by endemic statism and clientelism. Significant parts of Greece’s state protected business, organised labour, and political class resisted change.624 The first decade of Greek membership was therefore marked by anti-European sentiment and an intergovernmental approach to integration.625 Particularly in foreign policy Greece often vetoed common decisions to defend national interests.626 Unsurprisingly, Greece earned the reputation of an ‘unpredictable’627 presidency with difficulties in ‘finding the right combination of language of might, right, and common interests’.628


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© Simone Bunse 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Simone Bunse
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  1. 1.INCAE Business SchoolCosta Rica

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