German CDU chief: Europe must adapt to survive

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Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer talks to POLITICO about EU’s future, China, Orbán and elections.

Europe must change to prosper in a “contest of systems” with China and the United States, according to Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the new leader of Germany’s ruling Christian Democrats.

Christian Democratic Union (CDU) candidate for the party chair Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer poses for a portrait before a Reuters interview in Berlin, Germany, November 30, 2018. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

In an interview with POLITICO, Kramp-Karrenbauer sketched out a vision that would mean changing EU competition policy to create “European champion” companies, giving greater weight to industrial policy, and striking a balance between French President Emmanuel Macron’s calls for greater EU integration and…

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