Wolfgang Schäuble attacked minister Sigmar Gabriel
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble attacked minister Sigmar Gabriel, saying his remarks sent out the wrong message.
He said he was annoyed by Mr Gabriel's suggestion because it "goes in the wrong direction completely”.
Mr Schäuble said Europe’s problem was not primarily money but more how it spent its cash.
Angela Merkel and Sigmar Gabriel Why these nations could leave the Eurozone Fri, February 24, 2017
Heavily indebted Greece has no acute shortage of money, but will need money again from the ongoing aid programme this summer. But Athens is not the only shaky candidate of the Eurozone. These are the other countries causing worries
Play slideshow 1 of 7
Greece can only do that if it has a competitive economy
On whether Greece can stay in the euro zone, Mr Schäuble said: "Greece can only do that if it has a competitive economy.”
He said the country needed to carry out reforms and that would take time, adding: "But if the time is not used to carry out reforms because that's uncomfortable, then that's the wrong path.”
Mr Schäuble’s remarks came after Mr Gabriel spoke of European Union spending as an investment into the future.
Mr Gabriel, who was replaced by Martin Schulz as leader of the Social Democratic Party last month, said: “Every euro that we make available for the EU budget, comes back to us — directly or indirectly.
Get Quotes on Home Insurance
Wolfgang Schäeuble has waded into the row
Gabriel was replaced by Martin Schulz as leader of the Social Democratic Party
“So what if we do something unheard of in the next debate on European finances? Instead of calling for a reduction of our EU payments, we should show willingness to pay even more.”
Mr Gabriel said Germany profits in the form of exports, trade and jobs instead of gaining the most direct EU funding.
He also said Germany had emerged better off since the economic crisis and can now reduce its debt.