Emmanuel Macron has sharply criticized Defense Minister Kramp-Karrenbauer for calling for an end to the “illusion of European strategic autonomy”. He is betting on the independence of Europe.
France’s head of state Emmanuel Macron has criticized statements by Defense Minister Annegret Karrenbauer (CDU), according to which she is skeptical of the idea of a strategic independence for Europe. “I think that is a misinterpretation of the story,” said the 42-year-old with unusual frankness in an interview published on Monday in the Parisian magazine “Grand Continent”. With a view to Angela Merkel (CDU), he added: “Fortunately, the German Chancellor is not following this line, if I understand it correctly.”
Kramp-Karrenbauer: Europe still needs the USA
Immediately before the US presidential election at the beginning of November, Kramp-Karrenbauer published a guest article entitled “Europe still needs America” on the Internet portal “Politico” (for example: “Europe still needs America”). The CDU politician wrote there that “illusions of European strategic independence” would have to end: “The Europeans will not be able to replace America’s decisive role as a security provider.”
In the interview with “Grand Continent” Macron only spoke of the “German Defense Minister” and did not name Kramp-Karrenbauer. The President did not go into detail on her statements in “Politico”. On request, it was confirmed from those around him that his criticism explicitly refers to the “Politico” contribution from the beginning of the month.
In the interview with “Grand Continent”, Macron demanded that Europe should become more independent. The US would only accept the Europeans as allies “if we take ourselves seriously and if we are sovereign in our own defense”. The Europafreund has long been calling for a “European army”.