World Bulletin / News Desk
On Sunday, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble urged the bloc to take an “intergovernmental approach” in dealing with problems when they see that the European Commission does not tackle the issues.
“If the Commission doesn’t get involved, then we should take the matter into our own hands and solve problems between governments," he said in an interview with the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag.
Schaeuble slammed the EU for taking its time regarding decisions on the refugee crisis last year, while denying that he aimed at weakening the European Commission.
“I’m just saying that it and we need to be more pragmatic and faster,” he said
Germany's economy minister called on Jean-Claude Juncker's "downsize" and questioned the size of the EU budget - but also reiterated calls for a Euro army.
Federica Mogherini urged the bloc to do more in its own defence while the EU leaders discussed how the UK’s historic vote to leave would result in the loss of a major power in the bloc.
Sigmar Gabriel, who is Angela Merkel's second-in-command, also hinted that the UK could rejoin EU in the future because the majority of young people voted Remain.