EU IN CRISIS: Merkel and Hollande hold desperate talks to keep their European dream alive

Sunday, August 21, 2016
By Paul Martin

ANGELA Merkel and Francois Hollande will hold crisis talks tomorrow in a desperate bid to keep the European project together.

Sun, Aug 21, 2016

The German Chancellor and French Prime Minister will meet with Italian leader Matteo Renzi on Ventotene, a small island off the coast of Naples.

They are believed to be worried that Brexit could lead to the break-up of the doomed bloc, starting with an in/out referendum in the Netherlands.

Mr Renzi is eager for even more European integration, but Mrs Merkel has called for “a better Europe” rather than “more Europe”.

An EU diplomat last night said: “The goal must first of all be to preserve the status quo and to prevent a further disintegration of the EU.”

Mr Renzi chose to hold the meeting on Ventotene because the island is seen as the birthplace of European federalism.

Two Italian intellectuals jailed on the island during the Second World War wrote a manifesto calling for “the creation of a solid international state”.

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