Leaders of 27 European Union countries today marked the 60th anniversary of the bloc’s founding by renewing their commitment to a common future.

The leaders met in Rome.

Against a backdrop of crises and in the absence of the departing Britain, the leaders signed a new Rome Declaration, six decades after the six founding members signed the treaty of Rome and gave birth to the European economic community.

Security is tight around the muted celebrations in the Campidoglio palace in central Rome, with protesters planning to gather through the day and police on high alert after the latest attack in Europe, on Wednesday in London.