16.05.2021

Seehofer intends to leave the posts of the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the head of CSU

As a result of the dispute about migrants in Germany, the head of the CSU and the German Ministry of Internal Affairs announced their intention to resign. Members of the same party hope to convince him. The Minister of the Interior of Germany and the head of the Christian Social Union (CSU) Horst Seehofer (Horst Seehofer) on Sunday, July 1, said at a meeting of party leaders that he intends to leave both of these posts. This was reported by dpa and AFP with reference to the participants in the meeting.

For almost eight hours, the CSU presidium and representatives of the land group of the CDU / CSU faction in the Bundestag discussed the possible consequences of a dispute with the Christian Democratic Union around migrants. Seehofer and his supporters opposed the decisions on refugees adopted at the EU summit. According to participants in the meeting, Seehofer’s statement was caused by the fact that his tough stance on refugees did not find the full support of the audience.

At the same time, the head of the CSU land group in the Bundestag, the former Minister of Transport of Germany Alexander Dobrindt (Alexander Dobrindt) would not want to accept the resignation of Seehofer. Dobrindt’s speech found strong support in the hall. Following Seehofer’s statement, the meeting was adjourned. When it resumes, it is not reported.

Seehofer has been at the post of head of the CSU since 2008. In the post of head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the politician did not work a hundred days.

Seehofer proposed not to let refugees without documents

Disputes with the CDU fraternal party began in June, when the head of the German Interior Ministry presented a plan stipulating measures to limit the influx of refugees into Germany and containing 63 items, of which 62 the head of the CDU and German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed.

The only controversial measure is the ban on crossing the German border for refugees without documents, or already registered in any other EU country. Merkel insists on a European solution to the problem and believes that Seehofer’s proposal is contrary to European asylum standards and unfair to countries such as Greece and Italy.

EU Refugee Summit

At the EU summit held on June 28-29, its participants agreed on a number of measures to limit the influx of refugees – in particular, expanding the powers and increasing the composition of the EU border service Frontex, opening refugee camps in North Africa and the possibility of creating closed camps for migrants in the EU, whose asylum applications are pending. In addition, Spain and Greece expressed their readiness to accept refugees back if German law enforcement officers on the border with Austria establish that their data has already been entered into the EURODAC common database.

Poland said it did not sign EU refugee agreement

After Hungary and the Czech Republic, Warsaw also stated that they did not join the EU refugee agreement. A government statement on the refugee situation is expected in Germany on Sunday. Following Hungary, the Polish leadership also said it had not signed an agreement with Germany on an accelerated expulsion of refugees. “There are no new agreements regarding the reception of asylum seekers from EU member states,” the representative of the Polish Foreign Ministry said on Saturday, June 30. An official spokesman for the Hungarian government said earlier that “no such agreement was reached.” According to media reports, the Czech Cabinet of Ministers also did not agree to the plan of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary, together with 11 other countries, are indicated in a document summarizing the talks in Brussels on the issue of migrants, reports Reuters. Spain and Greece, which had previously agreed with Merkel’s plan, were joined by Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden. The document is about accelerating the expulsion of migrants whose stories fall under the Dublin Agreement.

On Sunday, July 1, an official statement is expected in Germany to resolve the political crisis around the migration problem. After on Saturday, Angela Merkel and the head of the German Ministry of the Interior, Horst Seehofer, once again discussed the situation, the leadership of the CDU and CSU parties, forming a single parliamentary coalition, will hold separate meetings to consult on the agreements reached at the EU summit for refugees.

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