Seehofer announces final departure from politics

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BMinister of the Interior Horst Seehofer does not aim for another political office after the next federal election. For him stood already since last year, that he will not compete again in a election, stressed Seehofer, who will be 70 years old in July, in an interview with the German Press Agency. The former CSU leader said: “All in all, I have 50 years in politics. That really will be enough with the end of this legislative period. “

He advised the sister party CDU, because of their losses in the European elections now leading frantic staffing debates. “On election days, you have to be accountable, regardless of whether you were a top candidate or not,” he said. Hectic reactions and personnel discussions made the situation but not better.

Distancing from Salvini

When asked how long CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer could hold on to the position of chancellor in the waiting room, he replied: “I do not see why that should not work, especially as Angela Merkel and the CDU chairwoman get along well. That's obviously a tandem. “

Seehofer's relationship with Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini of the right-wing populist Lega has apparently cooled off. After Salvini's recent meeting with AFD representatives and the leader of the right-wing populist party Rassemblement National from France, Marine Le Pen, “political agreements were no longer possible for him,” at least not beyond what falls under normal cooperation between states “.

In the summer of 2018 it sounded different. At that time Seehofer hoped for a close coordination with Austria and Italy in the migration policy. Salvini had announced before the European elections with AfD leader Jörg Meuthen and representatives of other right-wing populist parties, the creation of a joint faction in the European Parliament.

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