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The Latest: Romans avoid city center amid EU summit security

  • Italian paramilitary police patrol in front of the Monument of the Unknown Soldier in Rome's Piazza Venezia Square, on Friday, March 24, 2017 a day ahead of a European Union summit commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome.  EU leaders are gathering in Rome for a summit to mark the EU's 60th anniversary and to outline its future after Britain leaves. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    Italian paramilitary police patrol in front of the Monument of the Unknown Soldier in Rome's Piazza Venezia Square, on Friday, March 24, 2017 a day ahead of a European Union summit commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. EU leaders are gathering in Rome for a summit to mark the EU's 60th anniversary and to outline its future after Britain leaves. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)  (The Associated Press)

  • Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, left, greets German Chancellor Angela Merkel during arrivals for an EU summit at the Palazzo dei Conservatori in Rome on Saturday, March 25, 2017. EU leaders gather in Rome on Saturday to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the EU's founding treaty. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

    Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, left, greets German Chancellor Angela Merkel during arrivals for an EU summit at the Palazzo dei Conservatori in Rome on Saturday, March 25, 2017. EU leaders gather in Rome on Saturday to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the EU's founding treaty. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)  (The Associated Press)

  • From left, Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, European Council President Donald Tusk, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni during arrivals for an EU summit at the Palazzo dei Conservatori in Rome on Saturday, March 25, 2017. EU leaders gather in Rome on Saturday to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the EU's founding treaty. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

    From left, Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, European Council President Donald Tusk, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni during arrivals for an EU summit at the Palazzo dei Conservatori in Rome on Saturday, March 25, 2017. EU leaders gather in Rome on Saturday to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the EU's founding treaty. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)  (The Associated Press)

The Latest on the European Union summit (all times local):

10 a.m.

Residents of Rome are avoiding the city center as authorities brace for the possibility of violent protests during a European Union summit.

Some subway stops are closed, and buses have been rerouted away from the historic heart of the Italian capital hours before several planned marches.

Authorities fear anarchists might infiltrate anti-EU protests set for the afternoon.

Leaders from 27 EU nations gathered on the ancient Capitoline Hill on the 60th anniversary of the founding treaty of the EU, whose unity is now being sorely tested.

One march is organized by far-right opponents to the EU, while another is organized by far-left opponents.

Also scheduled is a pro-EU march, which could draw hundreds of Britons who live in EU countries and fear complications from Britain's exit from the union.

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9:25 a.m.

European Union leaders are gathering in Rome to mark the 60th anniversary of their founding treaty and chart a way ahead following the decision of Britain to leave the 28-nation bloc.

On a day of ceremonies Saturday, the 27 leaders are set to approve a Rome declaration to commit to a united future and see how to deal with the myriad crises which has beset them over the past decade.

It looks like the blueprint will be adopted without any problems after both Poland and Greece lifted their objections on the eve of the summit.

Britain says that it will trigger the negotiations to leave the bloc on March 29, only days after the summit.