In the Palace of Versailles on Monday (6 March), Angela Merkel, François Hollande, Mariano Rajoy and Paolo Gentiloni sought to answer the big questions surrounding the future of Europe and which path it should follow.
“Versailles is charged with history,” said François Hollande. It was in Louis XIV’s palace that the Treaty of Versailles was signed in 1918, at the end of the First World War.
The choice of location was clearly meant to evoke the gravity of the situation, as was the pomp with which the summit was carried out.
The French president stressed that the Rome summit should serve as a recognition that Europe cannot afford to take for granted the achievements of the last 60 years, such as peace and human rights.