MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On late Sunday, Pope Francis was returning to Vatican from a three-day visit to Armenia.
"The step that the EU must make to regain the strength in its roots is a step of creativity and even healthy "disunity", that is, to give more independence and more freedom to EU countries and to think of another form of union," Pope Francis told La Stampa reporters on board the aircraft during his flight from the Armenian capital to Rome.
Asked about the results of the Friday's referendum in the UK, in which the majority voted for the country's withdrawal from the EU, Pope Francis said that the "atmosphere of separation" exists not only in the EU, but also within some of its countries, naming in particular Catalonia and Scotland.
"It [the EU] must be creative in jobs, in economy — in Italy, 40 percent of young people under the age of 25 are unemployed. There's something wrong with the union that massive… Creativity and fertility are the two key words for the European Union," the Pope said.
Asked about the possibility of war on the European continent, Pope Francis said that "there is already war in Europe."
The majority of Brits voted in Thursday’s referendum to quit the European Union, despite London, Scotland, and Northern Ireland voting predominantly against.