EU Commission head Juncker 'quite confident' of UK summit deal

European heads of states and governments discuss EU reforms to keep Britain in the 28-nation bloc

Juncker rather upbeat on European Council discussions

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Thursday he was “quite confident” that European leaders would reach a deal on EU reforms to keep Britain in the 28-nation bloc, Reuters reported. Still, European Council President Donald Tusk said eastern EU member states remained ambivalent about plans to restrict social benefits for non-British EU workers, Bloomberg reported. Tusk said his offer to grant Britain an “emergency brake” on welfare for new migrants from the EU remained a contentious issue for Slovakia, Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic. France is thought to be against financial regulation changes, New Europe reported. See also our cepAdhoc on the matter.