German President Urged the EU to “Pause” Its Agenda Toward a Closer Union

German President Joachim Gauck has urged the EU to “pause” its agenda toward a closer union, warning that some citizens feel lost amid change. He said Europe remains a “great” peace project but needs “deceleration.”

German President Joachim Gauck told Germany’s “Welt am Sonntag” newspaper that he was worried that not all of the EU’s 508 million citizens had the capability or the willingness to keep pace after decades of European integration.

“As a whole, we should think about a pause during which we discuss which goal we want to reach and at what speed,” Gauck said, while praising the European project.