On 25 March 1957, a group of statesmen from six Western European countries climbed the stairs to the Palazzo dei Conservatori on the Capitoline Hill in Rome, where they would sign the Treaty establishing the European Economic Community (TEEC), better known as the ‘Treaty of Rome’. The foundation of the European Union was laid. 60 Years after the signing of the Rome Treaty, Europe is not a pretty sight. The UK is leaving after a guest performance of 44 years; populism and Euroscepticism prevail in many Member States; the days of an ‘ever closer union’ seem to be numbered. The EU has stumbled from crisis to crisis without finding sustainable solutions for urgent problems. Juncker’s recent White Paper has laid out various scenarios for the EU to proceed after Brexit. What will Europe’s leaders chose for: More of the same? Back to the Single Market? Coalitions of the Willing? Less but more efficient? Much more together? What is it the European citizens really want? Will 60 years of European cooperation and integration come to a grinding halt or will Europe find its second wind and move forward resolutely? In this web dossier you will find articles which deal with the current state of Europe as seen from all sides and corners of the Union.
Anyone who hopes to challenge that success must explain what has so fundamentally changed in the sixty years since the Rome Treaty that another intra-European war is now impossible.