Horst Seehofer sharply criticizes new EU Commission

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BInterior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) has sharply criticized the new EU Commission. He had “high hopes”, but now he was “disappointed”, said Seehofer to the “mirror”. The new EU Commission headed by President Ursula von der Leyen has been in office since December 1, 2019.

He was particularly dissatisfied with the migration policy. “I can take care of the sea rescue and the children in the refugee camps in Greece. I can strive for a common asylum policy. ”However, these are tasks of the EU Commission. When it came to a European investment program, the initiative also came from Germany and France and not from Brussels.

He had also noticed that the Commission is “unusually often” conducting infringement proceedings against its member states. “I wonder: How should such a growing together be promoted in Europe?”

Most recently, the EU Commission launched an infringement procedure against Austria in which it criticized Austria’s child benefit scheme. It initiated proceedings against Poland for a law on judge discipline by the conservative PiS government, which the Commission believes undermines the independence of Polish judges. Hungary has threatened von der Leyen with the controversial corona emergency lawsuit, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán had been given full powers by parliament, can now rule by decree and can extend the emergency without parliamentary approval.

It is also examining the initiation of proceedings against Germany. The background to this is the ruling by the Federal Constitutional Court, which at the beginning of May contested the billion-dollar government bond purchases by the European Central Bank and thus opposed a decision by the European Court of Justice. He has little understanding of a lawsuit against Germany, Seehofer told Der Spiegel.

At the same time, Seehofer announced his complete exit from politics after the end of the legislative period. After the federal election, he began a “total contrast program to what I’ve been doing for 50 years,” he said. “Then I’m an apolitical person. You won’t find me on any board. They will not be able to lure me into current politics, even if it annoys me so much. “

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