From an interview in Politico

German defense minister warns Europeans: Don’t detach from NATO

NATO will have to focus increasingly on China, she said. “The big task now is also to recognize that the question of how to deal with China is much more than the question of national interests,” Kramp-Karrenbauer said. “In the big picture, it is about the question of how the world order and our ways of life will be shaped and possibly changed for the future.”


Both the EU and NATO are reviewing their security strategies ahead of summits next year. Those parallel and partly overlapping efforts are a “unique opportunity” to sort out the relationships between the two organizations, said Kramp-Karrenbauer….

“It is not a question of building up our own European structures. We actually have possibilities at the European level: We have bi- and tri-national units and we have the European battlegroups,” Kramp-Karrenbauer said. “It is a question of how to make the processes better. And how we can make better use of the national capabilities we have on a European level, which can also be used by NATO. For example, strategic air transport. We have a European approach there.”


Kramp-Karrenbauer said she has no plans yet for what comes next for her – and declined to comment when asked whether she would accept a potential nomination for NATO secretary-general: “I think that will be decided next year, relatively close to the summit in Madrid. And in this respect, now is not the time for speculation.”

But should it be a woman? “Let’s put it this way, it would certainly look good for NATO. But in the end, as we know, it’s a decision of the heads of state and government, let’s not speculate.”