The presidents of the Visegrad Four Central European states have been the most high-profile foreign guests of the event.
Merkel deems Macron's words "drastic" and a "sweeping attack" on the Alliance.
Franco-Germany seems like the only candidate capable of filling the Western leadership gap opened up by Trump and Brexit.
Thuringia has become the third (former East) German state where the far right has risen to the second spot.
Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas was caught off guard by Kramp-Karrenbauer's announcement.
The main difference between East and West Germans 30 years after the Reunification seems to be that the former
Mainstream politicians in Germany had feared an even stronger showing of the far-right formation.
Kramp-Karrenbauer's appointment has been somewhat surprising but is in line with the possibility that she might succeed Merkel as Germany's
A compromise put forth by France, Germany, and Spain has been rejected by the Eastern European member states, Ireland as
According to her spokesman, the German Chancellor is fine, and going to proceed with going to Japan for a G20