The permanent EU representation of Germany distances itself from the Federal Minister of the Interior. His letter to the Brexit negotiations does not reflect the position of the Federal Government, it says in a letter to the European Commission.
According to a newspaper report, the Federal Government distanced itself from Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer in an extraordinary step at the EU Commission in Brussels. With his letter to the Brexit negotiations Seehofer did not reflect the attitude of the Federal Government, emphasized the permanent EU representation of Germany in a letter to the European Union commission, from which the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” cited.
“I would like to clarify that this is a letter that is not voted on in the Federal Government”, according to the letter of the head of the political department of the German EU representation, Thomas Eckert, to the office of the EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dimitris Avramopoulos.
Annoyance in Brussels
Seehofer had called on the European Commission to be flexible in the Brexit negotiations. Their goal must be, inter alia, an “unrestricted security cooperation” with London, even after Britain’s withdrawal from the EU.
After Seehofer’s letter was made public by the British Financial Times, a spokeswoman for the European Commission said that the interior minister “does not represent the position of the European Council, including Germany.” According to the Süddeutsche Zeitung, the letter from the Permanent Representation to the EU also states that parts of Seehofer’s letter contradict the decisions of the European Council and the “position of the Federal Government in accordance with this order”.
Seehofer’s letter of 27 June is viewed as particularly annoying in Brussels because it reinforces the British attempt to undermine EU unity in the Brexit negotiations by referring to security interests.
Deutschlandfunk reported on this topic on 09 July 2018 at 06:00.