"What we really do need now is that we can regain trust by showing that we can solve problems at a European level. The problems of securing our EU border when it comes to migration and refugees, that we work together on fighting terrorism or that we have a common neighborhood policy towards northern Africa and the Middle East," he said.
"So far every member state has its own policy and we should do it together – then people will see that working together has an added value and that is what is needed now."
On the economic front, Spahn said that the euro zone was lacking growth but stressed that the problems stemmed from a lack of reform at a national level.
"We do need more growth in Europe and in the world, without any growth there won't be inflation and without inflation there won't be rising interest rates, so we need growth. But the problem is that at big meetings of the IMF or G-20 we all agree in the declarations that we need to do structural reforms but back home in our countries and national states, we don't do what is necessary – not in Germany nor in other countries," he said.
"So we really do need these discussions in domestic politics here in Germany, in other countries, in the U.S. too on what kind of reforms we need, to build up an environment for more investments which will create growth. Central banks can't do this, we have to do the structural reforms."
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