Leaders of European Union countries, minus Britain, committed Thursday to stick together “through thick and thin” to remain a key player in the world despite myriad problems facing the bloc.
“The world doesn’t sleep,” said German Chancellor Angela Merkel. “We have to be innovative. We have to be strong, we have to be united.”
Amid Brexit negotiations that have preoccupied the bloc for the past two years and rifts over migration policy, the EU felt it needed a clarion call of unity and to reiterate its fundamental principles.