Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel called for a Europe of different speeds, where countries can develop in accordance with their capabilities and don’t have to catch up with others, German media reported.
"It is time to reform Europe," Gabriel said. "In Europe we need more courage for cooperation at different speeds."
According to the politician, not all countries must join EU initiatives at the same time. They don’t have to always catch up with others and can follow later, when they are ready to do so, he said, adding that what one needs is a "more in-depth cooperation under the umbrella of the EU".
The politician mentioned that justice should be a central point in the EU. Economic growth should be promoted to reduce unemployment among youth. In addition, the EU should tackle causes of increased refugee flaws, place them in a proper housing and defend their rights.
The reform debate in the EU had been fuelled by the British Prime Minister David Cameron. On Friday, Cameron is expected to discuss reform requirements with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin.