As reported by Censor.NET citing DW, he said in an interview with Saarbrücker Zeitung published on Tuesday, Dec. 27.
The diplomat said that Europe was definitely floating through perilous waters and had to find a way to recover as soon as possible.
According to the German foreign minister, the EU must tackle the issues that are still open.
Steinmeier called the future migrants and refugees strategy, internal and external security, labor market and economy the overarching priorities.
The official expressed belief that the residents of EU countries with youth unemployment exceeding 50 percent share no enthusiasm for Europe. However, Steinmeier noted that Europe would be unable to solve its problems with the help of those who see the way out in the return to national separateness.
Steinmeier expressed hope that the authorities standing for Europe and preventing European integration scale-back would be governing everywhere following the elections in the Netherlands, France and Germany in 2017.