European leaders gathered in Rome to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty about Foundation of European Union. The meeting is held in the Capitoline Palace, where on 25 March 1957, Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg signed the Rome Declaration, reports Reuters.
The event is not present, the Prime Minister of great Britain Theresa may, as the UK entered the EU in 1973, in 2016, voted for Brexit. At the meeting, the head of the European Council Donald Tusk formally announced that in the next two years the UK will withdraw from the block
In addition, remaining in the EU 27 countries signed a Declaration on the future of the block with the output of the second economy, expressing the desire for unity.
“Europe as a political entity will be either one or it is not at all <…> the Unity of Europe is not a bureaucratic model. This is a set of common values and democratic standards”, — said the head of the European Council Donald Tusk.
“Why do we have to lose faith in unity? Because it has become our reality? Or are we tired?” asked Tusk.
Earlier at the same meeting, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the European Union has made a number of mistakes. According to her, the European bloc has not been able to cope with all the problems that were left “unfinished”. However, their correction is possible. “We have a good base,” she said.
In particular, Merkel mentioned the unwillingness of the EU to the crisis, but also to the influx of migrants. Opening the internal borders, European countries have strengthened the external, said the Chancellor of Germany.
“The main thing is that this [correction] should be done in an atmosphere of solidarity,” — said the German Chancellor.