anniversary of the EU

The 60th anniversary of the EU

Meeting on Saturday in the Hall of the Horatii and Curiatii palace where six founding countries signed the Treaty of Rome on March 25, 1957, the 27 leaders are set to approve a Rome declaration to commit to a united future and to seek a way to deal with the crises which have beset them over the past decade.

The gathering in Rome began with an audience with Pope Francis who gave messages of solidarity in the Vatican on Friday evening. "You are called on to blaze the path of a new European humanism," Francis told the leaders. "When a body loses its sense of direction and is no longer able to look ahead, it experiences a regression and, in the long run, risks dying," he said.

The White House has congratulated the EU on its 60th birthday, in a shift in tone for President Donald Trump's administration, whose attitude about the bloc, has alarmed Brussels.

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