Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection of Germany Katarina Barley said that those EU countries that "want to become nation states again" are the enemies of the EU, speaking to RT in Berlin on Thursday. She was later criticised by leading German news outlets such as Bild, Die Welt, Focus, and Handelsblatt for expressing her opinion to RT.

"Europe has external and internal enemies. These include all who seek to weaken it. First of all, of course these are the EU countries that want to become nation states again and stop cooperation with us in order to pursue their selfish national interests as well as those who want to divide the European Union," she said.

She commented on Nord Stream 2 project saying that the German government "does not interfere" in such private enterprises.

Barley also commented on the Germany-Russia relations. The minister said Russian is still the country Germany "maintains close ties with", although there are some issues like "Crimea annexation" which she believes are "a natural part of any relationship."

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