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, Analysis: 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome: What now for the EU?

On March 25 Europe will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the "Treaties of Rome". The agreement is a cornerstone for the European Union as we know it today. On this occasion we have asked experts from the six founding countries to give their view on the EU, its biggest challenges and accomplishments.

On March 25 in 1957 something historical happened on the Capitoline Hill in Rome: High representatives from Belgium, Germany, France, Luxembourg, Italy and the Netherlands gathered to sign the so called "Treaties of Rome", establishing the European Economic Community and the European Atomic Energy Community. With the agreement the signatories laid the foundations of an ever closer union among the peoples of Europe that resulted in political and economic cooperation among the member states.

The EU is historically unique and has brought peace and prosperity to a formerly war torn continent. But today many questions arise: What will the future bring for the EU?

After the financial and economical crisis, a threatening "Grexit", the vote for "Brexit", the challenges of flight and migration and anti-European sounds from different parts of the EU, approval for the European project seems to be fading.

We have asked experts from the six countries that originally signed the Treaties of Rome about their view on the EU. What has the European Union achieved and what are the biggest challenges ahead? Find our more in our Interviews.


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