>> The leaders of the European Union convened in Malta for their informal summit. But as Reuters Alistair Macdonald explains, the resurgence of populist leaders on the continent and beyond has influenced all discussion on immigration, defense, and more.>> Well, the questions of populist nationalism that were seen in the Brexit referendum, that are seen in a number of other elections that are coming up in Europe over the coming year, in France, in Germany, in the Netherlands next month, are central to all of the dialogue essentially within the European Union and among the leaders at the moment.
There will be discussion over what the leaders want to portray as a Rome Declaration. A refounding idea for the Union, which they will unveil when they meet in Rome at the end of next month to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding Treaty of Rome that has led to the Union.
They will not be discussing in great detail those problems, but they want to send signals to voters that the Union matters. For example, that it is a able to get a control of some of the migration issues that have caused concerns in Europe over the past year or two.
And they will be discussing among themselves how to overcome this skepticism, this resistance to communal action, this greater sense that individual states are better off making their own policies. That is something that they want to formulate in some way. Some way that they can agree on, they're of course very divided on many issues, when they meet again next month.