About: Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer

EU must prevent defence budget from being ‘infected’ by virus, officials warn

With the EU struggling to adjust to the current geopolitical reality and new EU defence initiatives under increasing pressure to deliver results, cuts to the bloc's defence budget would be counter-productive, EU defence officials and ministers warned ahead of a crucial EU budget summit on Friday (17 July).

No reaction needed until US troop withdrawal confirmed – German defence minister 

Germany's defence minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU) insisted on Tuesday (9 June) that the government cannot speculate on the reported withdrawal of US troops from the country, as it has so far only seen the news report and has not been officially notified.

Armed drones contentious in German disarmament debate

Germany has reopened a controversial debate over whether its armed forces should be trusted to operate armed drones. While an agreement seems far off, the debate could soon get a European twist.
Future EU 02-04-2020

Orbán seeks EPP backing for his absolute powers

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is seeking conservative support to remain within Europe's main centre-right political bloc despite concerns over his adoption of emergency powers to rule by decree.

Berlin wants to open Franco-German arms projects for European partners

Germany's defence minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said on Thursday (13 February) she is willing to open the current Franco-German arms projects to other European partners.
Global Europe 17-01-2020

Auto tariff threat not mentioned in US talks, says EU trade chief

US threats to put tariffs on European autos did not come up during talks this week with American trade officials in Washington, EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan said Thursday (16 January).
Elections 19-11-2019

Merkel’s conservatives brace for stormy party congress

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right CDU braces for a tumultuous two-day party congress in Leipzig from Friday (22 November), with members smarting from recent local election drubbings and bickering over her successor.

NATO slams Turkey over Syria, lukewarm reactions to German ‘safe zone’ proposal

NATO defence ministers on Thursday (24 October) denounced Turkey for its military incursion in Northeast Syria, but acknowledged there was little they could do to restrain their strategically important ally.

US welcomes German security plan for Syria, unlikely to take part

The United States and NATO cautiously welcomed on Wednesday (23 October) a German proposal for a security zone in northern Syria, though Washington's envoy to the alliance saying it should be for Europe to take charge and not US forces.

AKK sworn in as new German defence minister

CDU party chief Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has been sworn in as the new German defence minister before the Bundestag on Wednesday (24 July). In her first government statement, she emphasised Germany's reliability as a member of NATO.
Future EU 25-06-2019

Germany’s CDU fears loss of influence following Weber mess

German tensions over Manfred Weber's candidacy for the European Commission presidency are deeply rooted in Germany's national politics. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Digital 17-06-2019

Facebook to work with ‘trustworthy’ media after Russian fake news offensive

Facebook said it will enable “trustworthy” news publishers to generate additional revenue on its social media site, following EU accusations of Russian meddling in last month's European election campaign.
Digital 30-05-2019

Digital Brief: ‘No letting down the guard’

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here. 
Digital 28-05-2019

Kramp-Karrenbauer faces backlash over ‘censorship’ calls

A broad debate should be held on the possible regulation of political views expressed online, the leader of Germany's ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (AKK), said on Monday. But she faced an immediate backlash, with some accusing her of advocating censorship.
Elections 13-05-2019

Merkel’s preferred successor says won’t seek post before 2021

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's preferred successor, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, said Sunday (12 May) that she would not seek the top job before Merkel's term ends in 2021.
EU Elections 2019 07-05-2019

EPP divorce looms after Orban rejects Weber as Spitzenkandidat

The leader of Germany's conservatives said she expected Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's Fidesz party would quit Europe's main centre-right group after he withdrew support for the bloc's candidate to head the European Commission.
EU Elections 2019 02-05-2019

Orban says Salvini is the most important politician in Europe

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has said the European Parliament's main centre-right group must forge an alliance with populist, nationalist groups after impending EU elections, receiving a swift rebuke from Germany's conservative leader.

The puzzle of the European aircraft carrier

A proposal by the heir apparent to German Chancellor Angela Merkel to develop a European aircraft carrier with France would be a first. But the subject seems too sensitive and complex to open the door to advanced cooperation anytime soon. EURACTIV France's partner Bruxelles2.eu reports.
EU Elections 2019 05-03-2019

Fidesz exclusion officially on EPP’s agenda for 20 March

Twelve national members of the centre-right European People's Party (EPP) have officially requested the exclusion of Hungary's populist Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and his party Fidesz, the EPP's leader said on Monday (4 March).
Politics 01-03-2019

Critical mass building for motion to expel Orbán from EPP

A critical mass is likely to be reached within days to put the expulsion of Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz party from the centre-right European Peoples Party (EPP) to a vote. The decision could be taken ahead of a crucial meeting on 20 March.
Elections 09-12-2018

With eyes on future Chancellorship, CDU elects Kramp-Karrenbauer as new chair

Germany's ruling CDU chose Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer as its new chairperson to replace Angela Merkel on Friday (7 December), in a move that raised some doubts about which path the country's biggest party aims to take to stave off challenges from the left and the right. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Elections 05-12-2018

CDU elections smack of matricide

A knife-edge vote Friday (7 December) will determine Angela Merkel's successor as head of her party after 18 years at the helm, with the German chancellor's own political fate and legacy on the line.
Energy 04-12-2018

Germany to back Nord Stream 2 despite Ukraine tensions

Germany will not withdraw its political support for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline with Russia, its foreign minister said on Monday (3 December), as some lawmakers suggested curtailing the project to punish Moscow for its seizure of Ukrainian ships and their crew.
Future EU 30-10-2018

The four candidates to succeed Merkel

Merz, Kramp-Karrenbauer, Spahn and Laschet – portraits of the four candidates to succeed Angela Merkel as CDU chair. EURACTIV Germany’s media partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
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