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.
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
The results from the EU elections might put further pressure on the grand right-left governing coalition in Germany, and might
Merkel's fourth Cabinet has received mixed reviews for its performance so far.
Germany has not done enough to support Macron's EU reform agenda, according to some critics.
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
As demonstrated by the votes in Bavaria and Hesse, maller parties continue to chip away at the support of Germany's