Tuesday 19 September 2017

All the best pictures from pro-European marches on the Treaty of Rome's 60th anniversary

By Edward Dracott

Prepare for paint, balloons and a whole load of golden stars.

This year, March 25 marks the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome – the document which established the European Economic Community and laid the path towards creating the European Union which exists today.

The landmark year comes less than 12 months after Britain voted to leave the EU. As such, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has called it “a tragedy” the UK is not celebrating with the other 27 member states.

Here, we bring you some of the best pictures from the day from countries celebrating in Europe – to marches of protest here in the UK.

Germany

In Berlin, one woman took the EU’s logo to a new level by dressing herself as Europa – the woman from Greek mythology who was abducted by Zeus, King of the Greek gods and after whom the European continent is named.

Of course, the Germans also released a lot of balloons too where appropriate – we can’t tell if there’s 99 but they obviously weren’t red…

Poland

In Warsaw, a peace sign was all one EU supporter needed to show their feelings – and lots of flags of course…

Polish and EU flags were flown together in the march attended by thousands. The rally is being held with the slogan “I Love You, Europe” and is also an expression of disapproval towards their nationalist government.

Britain

No that’s not a stock image, it’s another one of the EU flag flying high next to Big Ben’s clock tower.

In Britain, the marches are more protest against Brexit than mere celebration of Europe – and of course, the paint was out.

Sometimes in more creative ways than others too…

The stars of the EU could also be seen – or perhaps it was just some makeshift sun protection…

Men…

Women…

Children…

And dogs…

All have been out in their masses.

Whether you’re pro EU or against it, in the wake of the Westminster attack this week, we should all be proud to see such a turnout.

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