Horst Lorenz Seehofer (born 4 July 1949) is a German politician serving as Leader of the Christian Social Union (CSU) from 2008 to 2019 and Minister of the Interior, Building and Community since 2018 under Chancellor Angela Merkel.
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Quote: "At the beginning of November, I agreed with Angela Merkel and (Vice Chancellor) Sigmar Gabriel (of the center-left Social Democratic Party) that we will seek a European solution to the refugee crisis. That is still possible. [...] This year alone, 110,000 refugees have already arrived in Bavaria, despite winter and despite several efforts to slow them on the Balkan route. If it continues like this, we will reach the ceiling I proposed, of 200,000 per year, in March and there is a danger that by the end of the year we will once again have a million refugees in the country."
Quote: "And yes, Germany will have to accept many refugees in the future too; we have to establish a quota for that. I have identified the number of 200,000 per year, which correlates to our population share and economic strength in the EU. But once this number has been reached, we have to reject people at the border."
In that vein, Seehofer was asked about his cooperation with Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who belongs to the far-right League party. "After Salvini met with the AfD and Marine Le Pen," he responded, referencing the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party and the leader of France's populist National Rally (RN), "political agreements with him were no longer possible for me. At least not beyond what is normal cooperation between countries. A basis for trust is hardly possible."
Seehofer is a Member of the Board of the Hanns Seidel Foundation. The Hanns-Seidel-Foundation is one of six non-profit political organizations in the Federal Republic of Germany. Its large range of political education -founded on the Christian idea of man and humanistic values- promotes citizens’ engagement in democracy, rule of law, and social market economy.
As recently as a year before he took control of party and state, Seehofer was seen as something of a liability. His leadership bid in 2007 had foundered when it emerged that he had a daughter born out of wedlock, from an affair with a much younger staffer of the German Bundestag. The news of the extramarital affair was difficult to digest for the socially conservative CSU (still predominantly Roman Catholic) and wrecked Seehofer’s image as a family man. He duly ditched his mistress and returned to his (second) wife and their three children in his native Ingolstadt – but the damage had been done.
Anti-Semitic crime rose by almost 20% in Germany last year, the interior minister said on Tuesday, blaming most incidents on individuals espousing far-right world views. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said around 90% of the 1,800 recorded incidents were perpetrated by supporters of far-right groups. The main offences included hate speech, anti-Semitic graffiti and displaying banned signs like the swastika. This is a development that we have to confront, especially in this country,” Seehofer told a news conference, alluding to Germany’s Nazi past. “(That means) with all our means - this is a job for the police as well as for the whole society.”
In response to the murder of pro-immigration politician Lübcke, which is alleged to have been committed by an opponent of mass immigration, Seehofer wants to strengthen the fight against right-wing extremism. Seehofer compared right-wing extremism to Islamist terror and the threat of the Reichsbürger movement. Seehofer wants to check if "enemies of democracy" can be stripped of some of their basic rights.
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