European Union leaders, including Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, posed for a photo on Saturday in Rome during a meeting on the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. Credit Tony Gentile/Reuters
New York Times: E.U. Leaders Sign Rome Declaration and Proclaim a ‘Common Future’ (Minus Britain)
ROME — Proclaiming “Europe is our common future,” 27 leaders of the European Union on Saturday signed a statement in Rome declaring their commitment to integrating the Continent even as a series of crises has badly weakened the efforts and Britain prepares to leave the bloc.
The statement, known as the Rome Declaration and signed on the anniversary of the day the union’s foundations were laid 60 years ago, underscored the aspirations of a “unique union with common institutions and strong values, a community of peace, freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.”
In a nod to reality, however, the leaders acknowledged that they were “facing unprecedented challenges, both global and domestic” including “regional conflicts, terrorism, growing migratory pressures, protectionism and social and economic inequalities.”
The ceremony took place in a hall here in Rome that was richly decorated in frescoes depicting scenes from the ancient world. It is the same room where the Treaty of Rome was signed on March 25, 1957, by six countries. That event helped lay the groundwork for today’s union.
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Update #1: EU leaders renew fraying Union's vows on 60th anniversary (Reuters)
Update #2: EU Leaders Pledge Unity Just Days Away From U.K. Exit Trigger (Bloomberg)
WNU Editor: These EU leaders can proclaim all that they want .... but the EU union is the weakest that I have seen since the breakup of Yugoslavia in the 1990s.