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Speech by Federal Foreign Minister Steinmeier at the debate marking the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaties of Rome in the German Bundestag

22.03.2007 - Speech

At the debate marking the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaties of Rome on 22 March Federal Foreign Minister Steinmeier called to mind the –partly- forgotten visions of the European founding fathers. Nowadays those visions “have in many cases become political reality”. Steinmeier called for “something of the visionary foresight of those who signed the Treaties of Rome” and emphasised: “The Union of 27 needs a new basis for its work. That is the very heart of the constitution. And with the momentum generated by the anniversary, we want to create the conditions needed to make this process of renewal successful.”

-- Translation of advance text --

Mr President,

ladies an gentlemen,

The message is loud and clear, here in the Bundestag, too: Europe is turning 50.

We have talked about it a great deal in the last few weeks. Now the event is upon us. In just a few days, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome, and today's debate is rightly dedicated to this occasion.

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