With outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel completing her fourth and last term at the helm of Germany, her center-right bloc CDU/CSU
Earlier this year, Germany actually received unaccompanied children from migrant camps in Greece.
The country-wide popularity of Germany's Social Democrats remains low, at about 15%.
Under the refugee agreement between the EU and Turkey from 2016, all refugees who illegally enter Greece have to be
Germany would reach the 2% of GDP defense spending threshold by 2031, instead of 2024, she projects.
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 NPD politician was allegedly elected because he was the only candidate for the job.
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
France's leader remains firmly opposed to the candidacy of Manfred Weber, who is Merkel's favorite.