Subscribe

First Look In a show of unity, European leaders gather at EU’s symbolic birthplace

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi hosted German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande on the island of Ventotene, where in 1941 political prisoners first proposed a European federation.

Markus Schreiber/AP/File

During World War II, two members of the Italian resistance movement held as prisoners on the island of Ventotene off the coast of Naples drafted a manifesto. The statement encouraged the creation of a federation of European states to curb nationalism and war, an idea that gave birth to the European Union (EU).

Save for later

Save
Cancel

Saved ( of items)

This item has been saved to read later from any device.
Access saved items through your user name at the top of the page.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You reached the limit of 20 saved items.
Please visit following link to manage you saved items.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You have already saved this item.

View Saved Items

OK