EU Leaders to Meet in Malta Without U.K. to Discuss ‘New Europe’

Twenty-seven European Union leaders will meet in Malta next year without the U.K. to discuss how to take the bloc forward after Brexit.

Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat made the announcement after meeting with European Council President Donald Tusk in Valletta. Muscat said they would seek “to increase momentum for the idea of a new Europe.”

The leaders will meet in Bratislava, Slovakia, on Sept. 16, which will be the first EU summit since the U.K.’s accession in 1973 at which Britain won’t be represented. The member states are seeking to quell fears of uncontrolled immigration, terrorism and globalization, which have spurred a rise of populism throughout the bloc.

Malta will take over the EU’s rotating presidency next year.

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