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France: Hollande warns about rise of extremism, urges Europe to stand together02:06

France: Hollande warns about rise of extremism, urges Europe to stand together

France, Versailles
March 6, 2017 at 22:41 GMT -00:00 · Published

Europe needs to stand together against the rise of populism, extremism and nationalism, urged French President Francois Hollande after he welcomed the leaders of Germany, Spain and Italy, in Versailles, Monday, for a mini-EU summit.

"We must be clear on what Europe represents, on the things we can build, on what we stand for together - which does not mean only an economic system, but also a system of values", the French leader said. He urged that while Europe is "in a context where there is alot of uncertainty", Europe must "affirm together a commitment for the future."

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Hollande gathered ahead of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, taking place in the Italian capital on the March 25.

The leaders are expected to discuss the future of the EU following Britain's decision to withdraw from the bloc. In addition they will discuss matters including the Rome declaration, relations with new US President Donald Trump and the refugee crisis.

France: Hollande warns about rise of extremism, urges Europe to stand together02:06
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Europe needs to stand together against the rise of populism, extremism and nationalism, urged French President Francois Hollande after he welcomed the leaders of Germany, Spain and Italy, in Versailles, Monday, for a mini-EU summit.

"We must be clear on what Europe represents, on the things we can build, on what we stand for together - which does not mean only an economic system, but also a system of values", the French leader said. He urged that while Europe is "in a context where there is alot of uncertainty", Europe must "affirm together a commitment for the future."

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Hollande gathered ahead of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, taking place in the Italian capital on the March 25.

The leaders are expected to discuss the future of the EU following Britain's decision to withdraw from the bloc. In addition they will discuss matters including the Rome declaration, relations with new US President Donald Trump and the refugee crisis.

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