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Poland and Greece plot Brussels MUTINY as Britain stays away from backslapping EU summit

GREECE and Poland are threatening to spoil the celebrations of the Treaty of Rome today amid a crisis engulfing the European Union (EU).

British Prime Minister Theresa May is absent from the summit ahead of her triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty this week.However summit leaders gathering in Rome to mark the 60th anniversary of the original treaty signing may not put their signatures to the new Rome Declaration text.

Leaders including Angela Merkel, Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, European Council President Donald Tusk, Estonia’s Prime Minister Juri Ratas and Italy’s Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni have gathered at Rome’s Piazza del Campidoglio to make their “declaration of intent”.

Our Union is undivided and indivisible

EU Rome Declaration

And they have prepared a draft document which claims “Our Union is undivided and indivisible,” ahead of Britain’s exit from the bloc.Now sources say Greece may not sign up to any new agreements made today after its bail out talks stalled.

While Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło, who unsuccessfully tried to block the reappointment of Donald Tusk as European Council president, is also threatening to upset the apple cart.

Angela Merkel meets Prime Minister Paolo GentiloniGETTY     Angela Merkel meets Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni

According to Politico, the text of the Rome Declaration states: “We will act together, at different paces and intensity where necessary, while moving in the same direction, as we have done in the past, in line with the Treaties and keeping the door open to those who want to join later”.The EU also makes it clear it is plotting to militarise itself.

It adds that is is making a: “Union committed to strengthening its common security and defence, also in cooperation and complementarity with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, taking into account national circumstances and legal commitments.”

The under-fire Greek president is facing calls to stand downGETTY   The under-fire Greek president is facing calls to stand down

The meeting comes at a time when the European Union is being blasted by critics concerned about its “anonymous” decision making and power grabbing.Former Italian minister of economy and finance Giulio Tremonti said the Treaty of Rome has deviated from its original purpose.

He wrote: “In 1957, Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and West Germany signed a treaty that signalled the birth of a new institution, a customs union that would become known as the common market.

“Yet today, two different ideas of Europe have come into conflict.

Angela Merkel meets with Pope Francis ahead of the Rome summitGETTY   Angela Merkel meets with Pope Francis ahead of the Rome summit

“One aligns to the original idea behind the Treaty of Rome.”The other deviates from it, and calls for a centralisation of power in Brussels.

“The European Common Market was designed not to overreach into nations’ sovereignty.

“Brussels, the first of what should have been a rotating venue for EC institutions, was conceived as a minimal force for coordination and was never supposed to become the permanent capital of a new, let alone enlarged, European Union.

“The treaty was based on twin pillars of peace and prosperity — a well-intended and necessary mandate following the decades of war that had torn apart the continent — not an elitist mandate from on high to create a supranational entity.

“Today, the bloc’s newest iteration has followed a dirigiste, centralising impulse.”Little by little, over the 1980s and 90s into the present, this impulse has reversed the basic and sound architecture of the Treaty of Rome.

“This process was not democratic process and it failed under scrutiny — including referenda in which citizens rejected the EU’s anonymous decision-making”.

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Jane Davies
Jane Davies

I wonder how much this jolly is costing taxpayers….meanwhile some of the people who foot the bill queue up at the food banks.

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