>> European project in high water as leaders meet. I'm Reuters reporter Isla Binnie on the Italian Navy Ship Garibaldi off the coast near Rome. Later today the leaders of Germany, France and Italy will be meeting on the ship to discuss a way to navigate the European Union through some of the choppiest waters the bloc has ever faced.
The British vote to leave the European Union, in June, came at a time when the bloc was already grappling with slow economic growth that was not creating enough jobs, with a migration crisis, and with a continued threat of militant attacks. So the idea is likely to be that they will show a united front in being able to tackle these issues.
One of the difficulties will be that there are fundamental disagreements over how to deal with some of these issues, including perhaps one of the most notable would be on the issue of the economy. Broadly France and Italy are united in being opposed to austerity measures, but the German position is more likely to remain that they want to keep other countries within the deficit rules and other regulations imposed by the European Union.
And the issue of migration is one that is particularly important for Italy, which is at the frontier, effectively, of the seaborne migration that is happening across the Mediterranean. They are preparing, indeed today, for a meeting for all of the 27 countries in September, which will be an opportunity for them to be able to decide a joint decision on how to handle the current crisis.