Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) leaves politics at the end of this legislative period. After the next Bundestag election, he began a "total contrast program to what I've been doing for 50 years," said Seehofer in an interview with Der Spiegel . "Then I'm an apolitical person. You won't find me on any board of directors. You won't be able to lure me into current politics, even if it annoys me so much."
Seehofer's withdrawal is not surprising. At the beginning of 2019, he had already given up the chair of the CSU, a little later he announced for the first time that 2021 would be his last year in politics. Seehofer, now 71 years old, has been in top policy since 1992. First as Minister of Health, later as Minister of Agriculture. In 2008 he moved back to Bavaria and became CSU chief and prime minister. His greatest political triumph: in 2013 he led the CSU back to an absolute majority.
In the refugee crisis from 2015, he overthrew himself with the sister party and the Chancellor - he nevertheless moved to Berlin to take on the subject as a minister. In 2018, his "master plan" for migration almost ensured that the parliamentary group between the CDU and CSU was blown up.
For the current crisis policies of Angela Merkel in Corona pandemic Seehofer finds, however, in the mirror of praise: "This was exactly the right strategy." Germany now has a "long, long working route" to overcome the Corona crisis. "And there we need the Chancellor." So far, the country has come through the crisis well.
Seehofer does not currently want to comment on his argument with Angela Merkel on the migration question two years ago. "The virologists have a nice sentence: You don't look back in a crisis," he said. But he would "maybe write a lot later" on the subject.
At the same time, Seehofer criticized the EU Commission: "I had high hopes for the new EU Commission," said Seehofer. "Today I am disappointed to say the least." Above all in the area of migration policy, he had to take over the tasks of the EU as interior minister: "I can take care of the sea rescue and the children in the refugee camps in Greece. I can try to find a common asylum policy," said Seehofer.