Tuesday, 7 March 2017

EU leaders embrace multi-speed Europe amid tensions

Versailles summit: (L-R) Spain's PM Mariano Rajoy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Italian PM Paolo Gentiloni
France, Germany, Italy and Spain have backed the idea of a multi-speed EU, as the 28-nation bloc prepares to mark 60 years since its founding treaty.

"Unity does not mean uniformity," French President Francois Hollande said as he hosted the other leaders in the ornate Versailles Palace near Paris.

The EU Commission accepts that projects do not have to involve all EU members.

Brexit - a psychological and budgetary blow - now overshadows the anniversary, the BBC's Kevin Connolly reports.

EU leaders are focusing on a strategy of promising both deeper co-operation but also the possibility of different member states joining common projects at times that suit them, our correspondent says.

BBC     News.