In view of the recent move by CSU chief Markus Söder for a cabinet reshuffle, Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) has warned the Union against self-employment. Last year, the effect of self-employment was seen by the SPD, said Seehofer on the sidelines of the annual meeting of the civil servants' association dbb in Cologne. "As the Union of the SPD, we should not emulate this year," he warned. "I believe anyway that the population primarily wants us to do a good job and less to deal with ourselves," says Seehofer.
CSU country group leader Alexander Dobrindt had previously agreed to Söder's call for a cabinet reshuffle at the federal level. “If you have the will to work together until 2021, then you also have to be willing to renew something every now and then. This suggestion is also part of it, ”Dobrindt told the RTL / ntv editorial team on Monday. Bavarian Prime Minister Söder had previously said that it was important to rejuvenate the ministerial ranks.
The grand coalition was better its reputation, said Dobrindt. But the alliance of CDU, CSU and SPD needed "new dynamism and modernization" in the second half of the legislative period. Dobrindt rejected the accusation that the CSU could act as an unpredictable factor in the coalition because of the demand for a cabinet reshuffle. "We are the safe partner in this coalition and we remain true to our principles."
In the ARD “Morgenmagazin”, Dobrindt had previously avoided repeating Söder's push and instead insisted on a content update. When asked repeatedly which CSU ministers would have to be exchanged, he replied: "It would be quite unfair to name names if we really want to have content-related debates."
Söder had given no names, but stressed that the Union must put innovation and the economy first. This was understood as an allusion to Minister of Economy Peter Altmaier and Minister of Science Anja Karliczek (both CDU).
Merkel stands behind current cabinet members
The CSU members of the Bundestag meet on Monday for the closed conference in the Upper Bavarian monastery in Seeon.
Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) sees room for improvement in the work of her government – but stands behind her current cabinet members. "The Chancellor is happy to work with all ministers," government spokesman Steffen Seibert said on Monday in Berlin. In some places, the government could certainly "pick up speed and dynamism," he said at the same time, citing digitization as an example. (Reuters, dpa)