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.
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.
Other public figures such as journalists and celebrities have also been targetted.
Friedrich Merz deems the eternity clause of Germany's constitution that provides for the right of asylum should be debated.
German Ex-Intelligence Chief Forced into Retirement after Blasting ‘Radical Left’ in Farewell Speech
Hans-Georg Maassen has lambasted Germany's "naive" and "leftist" migrant policy in an farewell address to international intelligence agencies.
The German leader is also not going to run for reelection as party leader at the CDU congress in December