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.
The results from the EU elections might put further pressure on the grand right-left governing coalition in Germany, and might
The presence of crosses in Bavarian courtrooms does not compromise the supposed neutrality of magistrates, according to the state's top
Merkel's fourth Cabinet has received mixed reviews for its performance so far.
The German Chancellor has reminded, however, that France remains skeptical about the possibility for a single EU permanent seat