Kramp-Karrenbauer's appointment has been somewhat surprising but is in line with the possibility that she might succeed Merkel as Germany's
The participating governments hope the future fighter plane would become Europe's primary combat aircraft over the next couple of decades.
The German Chancellor has reminded, however, that France remains skeptical about the possibility for a single EU permanent seat
The EU as a collective member of NATO would enhance the capabilities of the Alliance, rather than "duplicate" them.
Germany's military presently has over 182,000 uniformed soldiers and some 60,000 civilian employees.
Margaritis Schinas says the growing level of intra-EU defense cooperation will likely result in an "EU army".
Europe needs to be able to defend itself "without just depending on the United States", according to the French President.