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EU leaders mark 60th year with declaration of unity

Published:Sunday | March 26, 2017 | 3:00 AM
Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydto gestures after signing a declaration during an EU summit meeting in Rome yesterday.

Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo called the declaration signed yesterday by European Union (EU) leaders in Rome a "first step towards renewing the unity of the EU".

Szydlo spoke at a news conference in Rome after she and 26 other European leaders signed the document, which enshrines a pledge to give member nations more freedom to form partial alliances and set policy when unanimity is out of reach.

Szydlo had initially threatened not to endorse the declaration but backed away from that on the eve of the summit and signed it yesterday. She also expressed regret that the ceremonies yesterday took place "in the shadow" of Britain's decision to leave the bloc.