Monday 20 November 2017

Europe as we know it is dead following sweeping rejection of Renzi's reforms

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi speaks during a media conference after a referendum on constitutional reform in Rome Picture: REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi speaks during a media conference after a referendum on constitutional reform in Rome Picture: REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

Next year will see the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome - the international treaty which formalised the EEC. Signed by the Benelux countries, Germany, France and, of course, Italy, it was the foundation document of the EU and alongside later amendments, such as Maastricht in the early 1990s, was responsible for the creation of what we now call the European Union.

The EU, being the EU, likes to trumpet its own history. But it will be interesting to see how the celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary will go.

Rather than a 60th birthday party, the mood next March amongst eurocrats will more likely resemble grieving relatives doing a death watch at a loved one's bedside.

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