12:27 Jun. 25, 2016
Foreign Ministers of six founding EU states meet to discuss bloc's next steps
Foreign ministers from the six founding members of the European Union are holding crisis talks about the future of the EU, a day after results from Britain's vote to leave the bloc and the resignation of British Prime Minister David Cameron.
The June 25 meeting outside of Berlin -- the first in a series of crisis meetings during the next week -- gathers together the foreign ministers of Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said as ministers were arriving for the emergency talks that the EU must not "slip into hysteria or inaction."
Steinmeier said he was confident that the EU could withstand the shock of the British exit vote, and that the six founding members of the EU "also can send a message that we won't let anyone take Europe from us."
He said: "We must not rush headlong into hectic action, pretending we had all the answers, but we must also not fall into depression or inaction after the British decision."
French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault urged quick negotiations on Britain's exit from the EU.
He said pressure would be "very strong" on British Prime Minister David Cameron during an EU summit scheduled for June 28 in a bid to seed up the process.