Federal government apparently distanced itself from Seehofer

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Monday, 09/07/2018
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According to a newspaper report, the Federal Government has taken an unusual step at the EU Commission in Brussels by the Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer (CSU) distanced. With his epistolary intervention to the United Kingdom and Gibraltar European Union membership referendum – Seehofer had not reproduced the attitude of the Federal Government, said the Permanent Representation of Germany in a letter to the European Commission. The reports the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” ,

“I would like to make it clear that this is a letter that has not been agreed in the Federal Government,” wrote the head of the political department of the German EU representation, Thomas Eckert, to the office of EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dimitris Avramopoulos.

Seehofer had in the end of last week become known letter called on the European Commission to be flexible in the Brexit negotiations. Their goal must include an “unrestricted security cooperation” with Great Britain even after leaving the European Union. The intervention of the CSU chief is considered sensitive because the EU is strictly trying to appear closed to London.

Eckert wrote now, according to the newspaper, parts of Seehofer’s letter are in contradiction to decisions of the European Council and the “in this episode agreed position of the Federal Government”. In this respect, he made it clear that the Federal Government “of course adheres to the content of these guidelines and their previous positioning.”

The German government spokesman Steffen Seibert had on Friday to ask if Seehofer ‘s letter with the chancellery had agreed, “I am not in principle in favor of communication between ministries and the European Commission.”

Green hold Seehofer’s Brexit letter for voucher of right-wing populism

Green Party leader Annalena Baerbock Seehofer reproached right-wing populist methods. “The statements made by Horst Seehofer in terms of Brexit illustrate his right-wing populist course of the split – not only in Germany, but also in Europe,” she said on Monday. It undermines the rule of law to give the British full access to EU databases, such as the Schengen Information System, EU passenger data and the Ecris Criminal Records Information System, while remaining fully committed to European fundamental rights and the case law of the European Court of Justice.

“That’s exactly the method that is known by Messrs. Trump, Orbán, Kurz: to pretend that legal issues are just annoying flies that you knock out by hand,” said Baerbock. She referred to the policy of US President Donald Trump and the Heads of Government of Hungary and Austria, Viktor Orban and Sebastian Kurz , Baerbock demanded from the Foreign Office and Chancellor Angela Merkel Seehofer does not let his actions pass.

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