EU celebrates its 60th anniversary

Leaders of the European Union met in Rome to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the bloc’s founding treaty and demonstrate the EU27 unity in face of the UK departure from the project.

Under heavy security as the Italian capital awaiting anti-EU protests later in the day and the risk of attacks such as that by an Islamic State follower in London last week, the 27 national leaders gathered in the Campidoglio palace where the six founding states signed the Treaty of Rome on March 25, 1957.

However the Brexit is not the only problem the EU27 suffers – in a month France, a founding member, will pronounce its will in a historic presidential elections, to continue with the  European project full force pursuing the integration towards the “United States of Europe”, or preferring its independence, following the UK way.

In view of the complexity of the political situation, the existential crisis the Union faces, the Rome Treaties anniversary was shaped more as a commemoration of a historic landmark, than a celebration.



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