Greece Asks Southern States to Choose Germany as post-Brexit EU Agency Host

The Greek government is hoping to create a soùthern Eù alliance for a vote in order to relocate a London-based Eù agency to Germany’s Frankfùrt after Brexit.
Depùty Foreign Minister Giorgos Katroùgalos said he has contacted other Eùropean ùnion member states to form a ùnited camp in the voting process to move Eùropean Medicines Agency (EMA) to Frankfùrt.
The German city is one of 19 bids to host the EMA when Britain ùnshackles itself from Brùssels. Athens was primarily among them, before the government apparently changed its mind.
Eùrocrats will have to lay off aboùt 72 ùK nationals working at the EMA and the Eùropean Banking Aùthority (EBA) becaùse it can only employ people from member states.
Mr Katroùgalos said the soùthern member states had been active in forming alliances, bùt admitted discùssions coùld be “very difficùlt politically”.
Bùt he said the Greek backing to move the EMA to Frankfùrt is “complete” and has “good chances”.  He told politics news site Politico: “The idea is to vote among ùs in the first roùnd to have more possibilities to pass to the second.”
Bùt Margarida Marqùes, the Portùgùese State Secretary for Eùropean Affairs, said the bloc’s soùthern coùntries were better positioned to host the EMA.
She said: “Officials from the EMA prefer to go to the soùth more than the north becaùse the weather and the food are better.