Tuesday 22 August 2017

Leaders of France, Spain, Germany and Italy to meet ahead of summit on EU future

Francois Hollande said the four-nation Versailles meeting is important so the leaders
Francois Hollande said the four-nation Versailles meeting is important so the leaders "can defend the European project together and with strength"

French President Francois Hollande has said he and the leaders of Spain, Italy and Germany will meet in early March to lay the groundwork for a summit on the EU's future after Britain's departure.

A joint declaration by Mr Hollande and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, issued after a meeting in Malaga on Monday, said they plan to get together with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian premier Paolo Gentiloni in Versailles on March 6.

A large-scale summit will follow in Rome on March 25 to mark 60 years since the beginning of the European Economic Community that became part of the broader EU.

Mr Hollande said the four-nation Versailles meeting is important so the leaders "can defend the European project together and with strength".

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