EU leaders sign Rome Declaration at milestone moment

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EU leaders sign Rome Declaration at milestone moment

<p>Sixty years after the EU’s founding treaty, leaders have signed the Rome Declaration during anniversary events in the Italian city. </p> <p>Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo had threatened not to put pen to paper, fearing any idea of a multispeed Europe would consign the east to second-class status. </p> <p>The final document does not contain any reference to a multispeed Europe, instead setting the principle that countries continue all together. </p> <p>“This is something that we are to be very careful about, because I think all countries in the EU should be ready to continue together,” said Robert Fico, Slovakia’s Prime Minister.</p> <p>“Because I really cannot imagine that this mechanism where some countries will go faster can be the principle of the functioning of the European Union.” </p> <p>As Europe marks its milestone, Donald Tusk, born in Gdansk, reflected on his childhood – and made a dig at those now ruling in Warsaw. </p> <p>“I lived behind the Iron Curtain for more than half of my life, where it was forbidden to even dream about those values. Yes, back then, that really was a two-speed Europe,” he said. </p> <p>Looking ahead, the Rome Declaration concludes: “We have united for the better, Europe is our common future.”</p>