European leaders have been urging each other to follow the example of Lech Walesa at a ceremony to mark the 25th anniversary of the Solidarity icon’s Nobel Peace Prize Award.
The Polish prime minister invited six eastern European heads of government, the French president and the head of the European Commission to the tribute in Gdansk.
They were to meet afterwards to try and overcome differences on climate change targets before they are discussed at Thursday’s EU summit.
The Commission president pressed the need for Walesa-style unity.
Jose Manuel Barroso said:
“This recent financial crisis makes it clear: either we swim together or we sink together and we need higher levels of solidarity also in Europe.”
The Dalai Lama was also among the guests and was to meet with Nicolas Sarkozy afterwards, an encounter that is known to have angered China.