Merkel’s successor responds to Macron’s Europe vision

11 March, 2019 12:00 AM printer

BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s anointed successor outlined her vision for Europe, a German paper reported Saturday, aligning with recent French proposals on security but disagreeing on key social issues, reports AFP.

CDU party chief Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the likely future conservative candidate for the chancellery, sets out her vision in an article to be published in the Sunday newspaper Welt an Sonntag. The paper released extracts on Saturday.

Her response to recent proposals from French President Emmanuel Macron includes a call for a banking common market and a pan-European climate pact.

“Our Europe must become stronger” said the politician often known simply as AKK, as European figures grapple with rising protectionist and nationalist forces.